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Personal Challenge

Personal Challenge 2019

A competition for swimmers in Transition, Academy, Technical Development and Junior Development.

The challenge to each swimmer is to show a consistent improvement in swimming times over a six month period.

To this end, each swimmer chooses a stroke and is timed swimming 50m of that stroke (because the stroke has to be swum according to the rules of racing, swimmers will be discouraged from swimming a stroke at which they are not technically correct).

Swimmers are timed on the first time they swim during one of the Personal Challenge published dates and again at roughly 4 weekly intervals through 6 months.

Swimmers score points for improvements in their times and lose points for swimming slower. To be eligible for awards, swimmers must take part in at least 4 rounds of the competition. The winners, declared in July, are the 3 boys and the 3 girls who accumulate most points over the period of the competition.

Swimmers should be aware that if they swim a time in the first round that is much slower than their existing pb (if they have swum the event before), or a time that is obviously slower than their ability level (if they haven’t), coaches reserve the right to adjust the time to a more realistic figure! In order to benefit from the competition, swimmers should be trying to improve on their previous best effort.

Even if swimmers are unable to compete in all the rounds of the competition, participation is still strongly encouraged in rounds that they can make, as the competition provides a good opportunity for some race practice in a friendly, familiar setting.

The Points:

In every round a swimmer scores 10 points for taking part.

In every round a swimmer loses 5 points for a disqualification.

In rounds 2 – 6 points are gained or lost relative to the previous fastest time swum.

In rounds 2 – 6 swimmers score 1 point for every whole 0.1 second improvement in their time.

In rounds 2 – 6 swimmers lose 1 point for every whole 0.1 second worsening in their time.

Dates:

Round 1: Sunday 20th January

Round 2: Sunday 24th February

Round 3: Sunday 24th March

Round 4: Sunday 28th April

Round 5: Sunday 19th May

Round 6: Sunday 23rd June (provisional date depending when the COCA gala is scheduled).

Timings: The event will start at 4pm on the relevant Sunday afternoons. Depending on the number of swimmers competing in each round we expect it to finish between 4.45-5.15pm. All swimmers from Transition, Academy, Technical Development, and Junior Development should be on poolside for a 4pm start. Swimmers from Technical Development and Junior Development can stay after the event until their usual 6pm finish time.