County, Regional, NEWW

Competitions shown below are supported by the club and entries will be managed and submitted by the Competition Secretary, the email address of whom can be found on the CONTACTS page. Refer to the CALENDAR for further information.

Newton Abbot SC Club Championships

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Devon County ASA Competitions

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Swim England South West Competitions

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Open Meets

Open meets will be managed and submitted by the Open Meets Secretary, the email address of whom can be found on the CONTACTS page.

Follow this link for a list of upcoming meets or refer to the CALENDAR for further information on supported meets.

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Medley Skins 2018

The Medley Skins event will be held on Friday 14th December 2018 at 17:00. The selection for this event is based on the results of the 200m IM in the 2018 Club Championships .

This year we are running Junior and Senior Boys and Girls Skins. (Junior is under 14 on 31st Dec 2018). 

Medley Skins - How it Works

  • There will be 6 girls and 6 boys and they will swim alternate 50m races.
  • The swimmers are spearheaded according to their 200m IM result. 
  • The stroke (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, front crawl) will be drawn out of a hat before each swim.
  • The 6 girls start their race in the selected stroke and the slowest swimmer is eliminated for the next round.
  • 90secs after the girls started, the 6 boys will start. Similarly the slowest is eliminated.
  • 90secs after the boys started, the 5 remaining girls will swim their second round and so on, eliminating 1 swimmer from each round. So we're 'peeling off' one swimmer each time (hence skins).
  • There are 3 minutes between each round for each group.
  • For the first round only (boys and girls), the swimmers get full starting whistles, 'Take your marks' and starting signal.
  • For the second and subsequent rounds they get only a 10 second warning bell (when they must get on the block or into the water for backstroke) and then the start signal
  • The eliminated swimmer in each round draws the stroke for the next round out of a hat.
  • Swimmers stay in their original lanes except when there are 2 swimmers left, who will use lanes 3 and 4.
  • There is a monetary prize for the winning girl and winning boy and small prizes for each eliminated swimmer.
  • It is intended that we swim the Senior Girls and Boys Skins event first (alternating senior girls and senior boys).
  • The Junior Girls and Boys Skins event will follow.

2018 National Arena League Round 3

This took place on Saturday 8th December 2018 at Newport International Sports Village.

Newton Abbot finished 4th in Division 1!

Final positions as follows:

1st   Newport            306
2nd  Torfaen             293
3rd   Street & Dis      232
4th   Newton Abbot  222
5th   Severnside        215
6th   Seagulls            205
7th   West Dorset     164
8th   Paignton           157

National Arena League 2018 Round 2

Close second in Round 2
This was fought in Hutton Moor (again) on Saturday 10th November. We were seeded in the fastest lane (L4) next to Severnside Tritons in L5. It was a really exciting gala with the two top teams neck and neck until the last few races! Newton Abbot finished second by just 8 points to Severnside. Final points as follows:
1st   Severnside            265
2nd  Newton Abbot      257
3rd   Poole                     220
4th   Devonport Royal  211
5th   Cirencester           196
6th   Southwold            159
7th   Bath Dolphins        82

Full results for all teams and for Newton Abbot swimmers can be found in Swimming>Competition Results>Detailed Results

National Arena League 2018 Round 1

Great Win in Round 1

  1. Newton Abbot 269
  2. Street 257
  3. Severnside 226
  4. Paignton. 213
  5. Barnstaple 186
  6. Neath 180
  7. Bath Dolphins DNS

Newton Abbot 2018 Club Championships NOW COMPLETE

The 2018 Club Championships are now complete. 

See Swimming>Competition Results>Detailed Results for results of all sessions.

Club Championships Best Times  since 2007 shown below include highlighted NEW BEST TIMES set in 2018.

Simplified Rules of Swim Racing

The rules for swimming can seem very complicated and confusing when your children start to compete, so we have drafted some simple rules for them to follow. 

There are a few finer details of the rules which will need to be observed once swimmers compete at higher levels.


  • The stroke sequence must be one arm pull followed by one leg kick throughout.
  • The arm and leg movements must be simultaneous and symmetrical (mirror image).
  • The feet must be turned out at the backward kick (like a frog!)
  • The hands must not be brought back beyond the hips (apart from at the start or after each turn).
  • The touch must be with both hands simultaneously at the turn and at the finish.
  • The head must come up during each stroke - no underwater swimming except after start/turns (where one underwater arm pull and one leg kick is allowed!)


  • The swimmer must remain on the back throughout the race except to perform a turn (which must be completed in a continuous action).
  • The swimmer must touch the wall at each turn but leave the wall on the back
  • The swimmer must be on the back at the finish.
  • The swimmer must not be completely submerged, except for up to 15m after the start or turn.


  • The arms must be brought forward together over the water
  • The arms must be brought backward under the water simultaneously
  • The legs must be kicked together in an up and down movement (no alternating kick allowed).
  • The touch must be with both hands simultaneously at the turn and at the finish.


  • Freestyle means any stroke, except when it is the Freestyle part of Medley races (where it is usually Front Crawl)


  • In Backstroke, Butterfly and Freestyle some part of the body must be above the water at all times from 15 metres after the start and each turn.
  • Swimmers must not walk on the bottom of the pool.
  • Swimmers must touch the wall at each turn and at the finish.
  • Swimmers must not pull on lane ropes.

Individual Medley (IM)

  • Individual Medley means equal distances of Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Freestyle.
  • The strokes must be swum in the order listed above and rules must be followed for those strokes, including the finish of each stroke.
  • Freestyle must not be Butterfly, Backstroke or Breaststroke (it will usually be Front Crawl).

The Start

  • The start is signalled by short blasts of a whistle (get ready!) followed by one long blast of the whistle.
  • At this point the swimmer takes up the starting position on the block, pool edge or in the water if this is backstroke. For backstroke there is a second long blast of the whistle (hold the starting grips with both hands, facing the wall with feet on the wall).
  • The starter says ‘Take your Marks’ (take up starting position and keep still). When everyone is still the starter then sounds the starting signal. The swimmer must not move or start the race before the starting signal.
  • Swimmers not yet competent in forward-facing racing starts from the starting block or poolside may start in the water. They must enter the water on the long blast of the whistle and stay in contact with the side, rail or block with at least one hand until the start signal.


  • Club Championships
  • Leagues

    Newton Abbot compete in the National Arena League in Western Division 1

    Newton Abbot also compete in a number of local leagues:

    Cornwall and Devon Summer Swimming League

    East Devon Mini League

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