The Casey Seals Open Water Swim Award runs every year for open water swims from 1 May to 30 April in the following year.
This is open to all club members. You don't have to register for the award - we check the results for each event listed in the Casey Seals Open Water Swim Calendar for all club members.
If you're currently not a member but you'd like to participate, visit the Membership page for more information about how to join and to download a brochure about the club and Masters Swimming.
We retrieve your results from the open water swims listed in the Victorian OWS calendar and enter them into our points calculator. The progressive points will be displayed here during the season.
We have developed our own formula that attempts to be as fair as possible across ages, gender and ability. It's not always the young gun swimmers that win.
Points are calculated for every open-water swim that you do during the season. Your 4 highest scoring swims plus 25% of all your other swims are added to get your total score.
The points for each swim are the total of 2 components:
Your time is compared to the winner of your category:
Category winning time / Your time
Your category placing is compared to the number of entrants in your category:
1 - ( Your placing / No. entrants )
If you don't wear a wetsuit in a race where wetsuits are allowed (most swims in Victoria allow wetsuits), your points are increased by a "wetsuit factor". With a wetsuit, top swimmers will be about 30 seconds per kilometre faster and upto 2 minutes for slower swimmers.
To participate in the OWS Award, you must be a registered club member.
All previous members must re-register before 1st February otherwise you will not get any points for swims that were done before you re-register.
New members will not get any points for swims done before joining so you should join at the start of the summer swim season for maximum points.
These are the progressive points for the season as at 27 March:
|Place||Name||Points||Scored Swims||Total Swims||2022 Member?|
|Yolande van Oosten||0.0||0||1||Pending|
The progressive points are taken from this. Please check your recorded swims and let me know if there are any swims missing or are incorrect.
Any questions about the award can be sent to Greg Chaplin at email@example.com (no unsolicited commercial emails please).
|Year||Winners & Placegetters||Points||Details|
|2021/22||(season in progress)|
|2020/21||(reduced season from COVID-19)
(changed points per non-scored swim from 10% to 25%)
(changed points calculations method to remove 1200m handicapping)
(changed points calculations method to include handicapping based on 1200m time-trial)
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