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About Galas

Open Meets

Open Meets are generally aimed at faster swimmers as there will generally be qualifying times to enter each event (ie the times which the swimmer must have swum faster than in the last 12 months).

Graded Meets

For graded galas, rather than entry times a swimmer must have swum faster than to enter the event, there are entry times which a swimmer must not have swum faster than. Different events will run at different grading levels (ie Grade A or/and Grade B).

Typically galas start with ‘B’ graded galas. These have ‘not faster than’ times that are normally aimed at swimmers below County level, although some ‘B’ grade galas have cut off times which Yorkshire Qualifiers can enter.

‘A’ Graded Galas will allow the faster swimmers to enter. While swimmers are not allowed to enter a graded gala if their PB is faster than the cut off time for a particular event, there will inevitably be times when the swimmers’ times improve between entering the gala and it actually taking place. In these cases, if the swimmer does exceed the cut off time for the actual event it will usually lead to the swimmer being excluded from the placings but receiving a ‘speeding ticket’ instead.

Graded Galas can also be useful for fast swimmers to practice their lesser strokes, even if they cannot swim their best stroke as they have broken the cut off times.

Yorkshire Championships

There are two sets of Championships run by the YSA (Yorkshire Swimming Association) each year: the main Championships during the Spring (usually February/March time) and the Winter Championships held in October.

The main Championships in Spring is run across a number of weekends at either Leeds Aquatic Centre or Ponds Forge in Sheffield, in a 50m pool, and includes 50m/100m/200m distances for all strokes and 400m/800m/1500m for freestyle and 200m/400m medley events. The relay team gala is also held within this Championship. Because this Championship consists of a number of galas, usually from mid February to mid March, a swimmer’s age category is based on their age as at the last day of the event in March. This means that it is quite possible that a swimmer competing during the February weekend is forced to compete in the age category above their actual age they are on the day they are swimming.

The Winter Championships held in October have a different format and have usually slightly slower entry times, with less events being swum.

Only times which are on the ASA database (ie have been achieved in a licensed meet in the last 12 months) are eligible for consideration for both the Spring and Winter Championships. Visit the Speed Swimming section on YSA website by clicking here for more details and qualification times for each Championship.

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