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Competitive Galas

Aquasprint – League based for younger swimmers – Dec/Jan to Jun

  • Based on Year of Birth – Group A (8 & under); Group B (9); Group C (10); Group D (11)
  • All races 1 length (25m or 33m) and separate Girls & Boys races
  • Backstroke; Breaststroke; Butterfly; Freestyle
  • Relays are mixed (2 Girls & 2 Boys)
  • Running Order – 40 races – 75mins to complete:
    • 4 x Medley Relays – Groups A-D
    • 32 Individual, A-Girls; A-Boys; B-Girls; B-Boys; C-Girls; C-Boys; D-Girls; D-Boys
    • 4 x Freestyle Relays – Groups A-D
  • 2-3 home galas per year; 2-3 away galas per year; 1 swim off gala at end of season (1st Fri in Jun). Top 3 teams in league swim for promotion; bottom 3 teams swim for relegation
  • All swimmers get a Forest Feast sponsored Aquasprint T-Shirt and medal at end of season

Arthur McDonald Novice Gala

Hosted by Newry & Mourne swimming club and includes 4 clubs

  • Newry & Mourne
  • Armagh
  • Lurgan
  • Portadown
  • Championship format gala – Multiple Heats in morning; Finals in afternoon
  • Almost same format as Aquasprint galas:
    • Medley Relays – Groups A-D Straight Final
    • Backstroke Girls, Boys – Groups A-D Heats in morning, finals in afternoon
    • Breaststroke Girls, Boys – Groups A-D Heats in morning, finals in afternoon
    • Butterfly Girls, Boys – Groups A-D Heats in morning, finals in afternoon
    • Freestyle Girls, Boys – Groups A-D Straight Final
    • Finals of 4 individual strokes for 8 fastest across the heats
    • Reserve List – very important to check!

PTL – League based for older swimmers – Sep to Mar/Apr

  • Based on Year of Birth – Group A (10 & under); Group B (11-12); Group C (13-14); Group D (15+)
  • All races 2 lengths (25m or 33m) and separate Girls & Boys races
  • Group A for galas at Portadown pool swim 1 length (33m) instead of the normal 2 lengths (50m)
  • Backstroke; Breaststroke; Butterfly; Freestyle
  • Relays are separate for Girls & Boys
  • Running Order – 56 races – 2 hours to complete:
    • 8 x Medley Relays – Groups A-D
    • 32 Individual, A-Girls; A-Boys; B-Girls; B-Boys; C-Girls; C-Boys; D-Girls; D-Boys
    • 8 x Individual Medley Races, A-Girls; A-Boys; B-Girls; B-Boys; C-Girls; C-Boys; D-Girls; D-Boys
    • 8 x Freestyle Relays – Groups A-D
  • 2-3 home galas per year; 2-3 away galas per year; 1 PTL Area Heats (South region); 1 PTL Finals (Best of South region vs Best of North region)

Armagh Championships – usually last Sat in Jan / first Sat in Feb

Rotates between the following 4 clubs each year

  • Newry & Mourne
  • Armagh
  • Lurgan
  • Portadown
  • Similar format to PTL without the IM and with less shared age groups:
    • 10 & Under
    • 11 year olds
    • 12 year olds
    • 13 year olds
    • 14 year olds
    • 15 & over
  • All races 2 lengths (25m or 33m) and separate Girls & Boys races
  • Group A relays & individual at Portadown pool swim 1 length (33m) instead of the normal 2 lengths (50m)
  • Backstroke; Breaststroke; Butterfly; Freestyle
  • Relays are separate for Girls & Boys
  • Running Order – 64 races – all day to complete:
    • Medley Relays – Groups A-D Straight Final
    • Freestyle Relays – Groups A-D Straight Final
    • Individual heats – Girls; Boys Heats in morning, finals in afternoon
    • Finals of 4 individual strokes for 8 fastest across the heats
    • Reserve List – very important to check!