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·   Do not get sucked into entering every gala on the ASA calendar. We have spent a long time, identifying the galas for this year, with sufficient gaps between them, to make entering worthwhile. It remains highly unlikely your child will have improved that much in times in a month, you will be wasting your money entering galas in addition to our schedule.

·   The Club schedule of events for the swim year (Sept, July) is published each year, see the Club Calendar. Emails will be sent out to inform when entries need to be in by and where to get the entry form. Any event you choose to enter outside of this calendar is down to you, the Club will not be providing pool side support and will not handle your entry.

·   Talk to your swimmer's coach about what events they should be entering and how many. If you need times for an event that we haven't time trialled then ask the Coach for his/her input.

·   Times are critical for galas. This is why we always encourage all swimmers to enter both the Club Championships and the Novices Championships. These internal galas maybe the only place to get a time to enter an external gala. 

·   Galas are graded. 

  • Level 1 - National Level
  • Level 2 - Regional Level
  • Level 3 - County Level / Internal / Club Galas
  • Level 4 - Sub County Level / Internal / Club Galas

Thereafter there are a series of "B" and "C" grade galas for the more junior or less achieving swimmer. These galas normally require the swimmer to enter times which confirm they are "Not Faster than", at these events, if you then go faster than this bar in the race, you tend to get what is called a "Speeding Ticket", which is a formal notification that you have exceeded the time allowed, but getting one of these does remove you from qualifying for any medals. To clarify, the fastest time under the "Bar" time wins 1st place and the gold medal. Those who are faster than the "Bar" get a piece of paper, which is not a bad thing, you are now simply too good for this gala!

·   Often one of the swim shop companies will be selling kit and costumes at the event. If you lose anything / break anything, then these places can rescue you. They also often have end of range costume sales that are worth looking at.

·   Parents: you cannot swim for them, and you need to realise the pressure you may be bringing on your child with your expectations, this is natural. We have all been there.

·   Even the best and most experienced of our swimmers will make a mistake and get Disqualified. Pool Side staff will be on hand to comfort those for whom this is a new experience, it is part of swimming. They all need to experience a DQ and get beyond it.

·   All times achieved at an ASA Open licensed meet end up on the ASA Database and the individual swimmers ranking can be viewed for each event they have a time for, both at a Regional and National Level on the Results and Rankings page of the British Swimming Website

·   Enjoy it. We want swimmers supporting and cheering on each other, and joining the team environment. We want Parents screaming encouragement from the rafter, they can't hear you, but it lets the other Clubs know what we are all about!

This document is just a guide from parent's experience to entering galas, and not any ASA approved document. It is therefore not exhaustive, and we are sure there are many things that may have been missed. If you are attending your first gala, please make use of the other parents around you. Ask questions - they have all stood in your shoes at one point in time.

The new club kit is now available to order! See order form attached.

The first ordering window deadline is Mar 3rd.  This is so that swimmers going to Regionals and swimmers competing in 'Peanuts' will have their kit in time.  There will be other ordering opportunities later in the year.  

This new kit will replace all older versions of the Club Polo shirt and T-Bag Shirt.  There are sample sizes available to try on at Woodside.  

It would be great if all swimmers can purchase the Club Polo Shirt, so they clearly represent Watford Swimming Club at League Fixtures, Galas and other competitions.  The other items available are less important.  

The order form needs to be completed with the swimmer's name, sizes circled and a cheque completed and attached - payable to Watford Swimming Club.  

The forms can be handed into any member of the committee before Mar 3rd.  This date is not flexible for the first round of ordering.  

Attached file: Watford Swimming Club Team Kit.pdf

Many thanks

The Committee

If you have any questions, please reply to:

Updated Warm up and start time for our Open Meet on the 12th and 13th March, CLICK HERE

Thank you again for entering our open meet, we are looking forward to welcoming your swimmers.

I am now finalising the details. I have attached an updated schedule of events showing the warm up and start times for each session. Please do check this and send on to your swimmers as I have had to start  the warm up on Saturday 15 minutes earlier at 1pm and the events will start at 2pm to accommodate all the swimmers and I have started the warm up on Sunday  30 minutes later at 8.45am and the events will start at 9.45am as we have a slightly later scheduled finish on the Saturday of 8.45pm.

The 2016 County Championships officially came to a close on Wednesday evening, with the presentation of all championship medals and trophies, and Watford were well represented on the night.

Jess Williamson and Dan Ord were crowned 10/11 year old girls and boys champions, with Alexander Williams (2nd), Enzo Lim (3rd) and Charlie Taverner (7th)also making the list. Ben Green came 3rd in the 12 year old boys category, whilst Lewis Shayler and Erin O'Meara were 3rd in the 13 year old categories. Senior boys captain Harrison Lees was 7th in the 15 year old boys, and senior girls captain Sophie Burns was 6th in the 16+ girls age group, along with Abi Green who was 8th.

Harrison also picked up a bronze in the Junior Championship 200 Fly, and a silver in the Junior Championship 1500 Freestyle, whilst Erin earned herself a bronze in the Junior  Championship 50 Breaststroke.

Our triumphant 12/13 boys and girls relay teams were also presented with their trophies and medals for their freestyle and medley relay successes - another huge well done to Izzy, Erin, Ellie, Freya, Ben, Lewis, Nathaniel and Devesh for their amazing swims last weekend!

Our boys also did us proud in helping Watford achieve 2nd place in the boys age group category for Top Club. A fantastic result!

Well done to all of our swimmers for their results over the past three weeks!

The final weekend of this years County Championships brought more success for Watford swimmers, with some outstanding performances to close the competition.

Saturday saw our swimmers battle it out in the tough 400m freestyle and IM events, with Jess Williamson, Ben Green, Lewis Shayler, Erin O'Meara, Daniel Ord, Enzo Lim, Alex Williams, and Harrison Lees bringing home medals.

Sunday saw Erin swim a personal best in a tough 800m freestyle event, and Harrison battled it out in the gruelling 1500m freestyle. The afternoon session then saw a strong Watford contingent take part in the relay events.

Special mention must go to our 12/13 year old relay teams - for the girls Erin, Ellie, Izzy and Freya Witheat, and for the boys Ben, Lewis, Devesh and Nathaniel  - who were victorious in both the freestyle and medley relays! 

Across the final weekend, a further 6 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals were won, with 7 regional qualifying times achieved. This brings our final total for this years County Championships to:

29 Gold medals

20 Silver medals

25 Bronze medals

97 4th-8th places

And a phenomenal 69 regional qualifying swims achieved! Well done team!

CLICK HERE to find details of the Luton Long Course Level 1 Meet 2016. There is a covering letter that you must read with all the payment details on within this link. This Gala is for Squads A & B ONLY.

Regards   WSC

Watford swimmers were again in action this weekend at the 2016 County Championships, with even more success than last weekend.

46 of our swimmers were in action across both days swimming the 200’s, 50 ‘s and 100 IM, with 20 making finals in the 50m stroke events and 100 IM. Jess Williamson, Erin O'Meara, Ellie Williams, Abi Green, Gemma Nottage, Harriet Clements, Freya Witheat, Eden Lashley, Izzy Williamson, Alex Williams, Daniel Ord, Charlie Taverner, Enzo Lim, Ben Green, Lewis Shayler, Marcus Kemp, Harrison Lees, Ketan Rach, Nathaniel Olayomi and Devesh Kapoor were flying the flag for Watford in their finals, with some stunning performances.

Jess, Enzo, Daniel, Alex, Erin, Ellie, Charlie, Ben, Lewis, Harriet, Nathaniel, Freya, Izzy, Devesh, along with senior club captains Sophie Burns and Harrison were our medal winners across two days of competition, bringing home a further 14 golds, 9 silvers and 17 bronzes between them to add to last weekend's haul. A further 36 regional qualifying times were also achieved, bringing the club's total to 62 qualifying swims so far! One more weekend to go! 

November 25th & 26th 2017

November 17th & 18th 2018Watford County Qualifier Open Meet

March 3rd & 4th 2018

Watford Regional Qualifier Open Meet

June 23rd & 24th 2018

Terry Davies Open Meet

  Qualifying Times 2017

Hertfordshire County Championships

East Swimming 2017 Long Course Champs (50m)

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