Closing date for entries Friday 20th September 7:30pm.
A skins event is an exciting series of back-to-back races which operate on a knockout basis, with the two remaining swimmers racing each other in a head-to-head final race. Swimmers qualify for the skins event by placing in the top six for the 200IM in the following categories;
Strokes are drawn out of a hat (usually in the form of coloured balls) and swimmers race 50 metres. The slowest swimmer is eliminated in each round.
Usually, two skins events are run at a time one or two minutes apart (alternating). The two events are usually different age groups. This gives swimmers very little rest and means it is a very fast and exciting event.
In the first round, swimmers are started normally with whistles from the referee and “take your marks” from the starter before the start signal. In all other rounds, swimmers are only given a ten second warning by the starter and then the start signal. Swimmers themselves must think carefully about how long they have on the blocks without false starting.
Prizes are offered for winners.