To begin with one of the preeminent things about swimming is that you train for months and then get to go to a meet to race other swimmers from other teams. Meeting different athletes from diverse places in the world and learning about how they train is notable. I’m going to share with you which meets have been my favorite. I don’t have a top favorite because there are so many.
In spite of meets in the states, one of my favorite meets in Europe is in Wales. The British Gas Swim Wales Open Winter Meet is held at the Wales National pool during December. This meet has a good variety of swimmers and coaches. Therefore whatever level you are, this meet will work for you. There are swimmers from small clubs, national team and Olympians. This meet is very well systematized and is a lot of fun.
Another essential meet is the International Sindelfingen Swimming Championships in Germany, located in Badezentrum Sindelfingen. Although it was all in German, it was a great meet for gaining international swimming experience, meeting knew swimmers and racing people that I have not raced before. As a result of the language barrier it made it very problematic to find out what time to warm up, what time my races were, results, postings and where to go. The pool is 50 meters; the building is spectacular and is held to a very high standard. Lastly the reason I loved this meet was because of the experience I got out of it.
Swimming in the states is very competitive so finding high level swim meets is never challenging. Since it is so competitive I would recommend trying to go to travel meets. Racing the same people all the time can be fun but also can give you a lack of variety. When picking a swim meet consider the location, the teams competing, the venue and the travel time.
Finally I think this information will help you select what meets to compete in. It’s important to get out of your comfort zone. When things go wrong you should think of it as a good thing, going to meets where you don’t speak the language or don’t have a coach with you might not seem so great at the time but it is a great experience.
Preeminent: having an importance
Diverse: various, many, different
Notable: noteworthy, very good
Systematized: organized well planned
Essential: fundamental, important
Problematic: to cause concern
Competitive: determined, want to win