Paralympic success for Shrewsbury swimmer

Gemma Almond, a club member until University at Swansea called, represented her country at the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Gemma trained with SASC for many years, showing a dedication to swimming not matched by many in the club.  Gemma was talent spotted at the age of 14.  She worked hard, and was rewarded by her success this summer.  She competed in the S10 category in the 200m IM, 400m free, 100m fly and 100m free.

Many congratulations to Gemma from the club and we wish her continued success.

Arena League Division 1 – Round 2 draw – Saturday 10th November

Another tough draw sees the team up against Leicester Penguins ‘B’, Calverton & Bingham ‘A’, Team Luton, Wolverhampton and Wyre Forest ‘A’.  A long trip also awaits with the gala being hosted at Hucknall Leisure Centre, Notts.

The event will take place at 18:30 on Saturday 10th November with a 18:00 warm up.  Full details on travel arrangements have been added to the club calendar.  Please remember to confirm your availability on the noticeboard.

Arena League Division 1 – Round 1 – Coach’s Report

Having earned a much deserved promotion last season, the team were now in Division 1, competing against some larger, more established city clubs, all of whom provided some tough opposition during the evening. Racing in lane 6, the team got stuck in and provided a very good showing of themselves with an excellent team atmosphere amongst them and great support for each other. Overall, we placed a creditable 6th place, very close to the 5th and 4th placed clubs with an excellent all round performance.

On the night, we gained 3 race victories coming courtesy of Maddy Tracy in the open girls 100m Fly and 100m Free and Gemma Hughes in the 11/u Girls 50m Butterfly in a new best time, while altogether the team gained 11 new pb times in individual events. 2nd places were earned by Maddy in the Open 200m IM, Ellie in the 13/u 100m Breast, Tom Sykes in the 15/u 100m Breast and the boys 15/u Medley team of Ed, Will S, Tom S and Max. Hard earned 3rd places came from the Open Girls Medley and 6x50m Free teams, the Girls 15/u Free team, Tom R in the 13/u Boys 100m Back, Will S in the 15/u 100m Fly and Georgia in the 15/u 100m Breast. Well done to the whole team.

The overall result was:

  1. Coventry – 235pts
  2. Redditch – 216pts
  3. Halesowen – 190pts
  4. Calverton and Bingham – 144pts
  5. Wolverhampton – 134pts
  6. SHREWSBURY – 130pts

Robin Hood Open Meet – 6th & 7th October (updated)

Some of the SASC Team

Some of the SASC Team

13 SASC swimmers travelled to Sheffield to compete in the Level 1 Long Course Robin Hood Open Meet at the Ponds Forge International Pool.  The main objective of the meet for the swimmers was just to get in some early season long course racing and to get in and race tough!! And race tough they did!! A whole host of long course and converted short course pbs were achieved along with some excellent races, Midland Qualifying times and 9 medals.

Ellie Sykes won Gold in the 100m Breast (just missing her first National Qualifying time), along with silver in the 50m breast and a clutch of new best time, while Gemma Hughes achieved new best times in all her races, the highlight being her excellent swim in the 200m Free. She also won a Silver in the 50m Free and Bronze in the 100m Back and 200m Free. Issy Lester had her best long course competition to date with large best times in the 200 Free, Medley and Back along with a bronze for the latter event. Lucy Fairbanks and Claire raced to times on their long course pb times with both their best swims coming in the freestyle events, while Amy Carter and Jodie also raced hard in their events and recorded some very respectable times.

Leading the way for the boys was Will Slawson, who won bronze in the 50m back, 100 free and 200 Free in addition to new best times in several of his 10 events. Tom Horswood also gained new pbs, the best coming in the 400m and 100m Freestyle, the latter being his first sub 60 swim much to his own delight!!! A weekend of hard racing and best times came from Tom Rowley and Max, with their best performances coming in the Free and Back events respectively. Finally, William Carter and Ed both rose to the challenge of the tough competition and gained new long course bests in most races, their highlights both coming in the 100 Free.

An excellent competition all round for all, well done!

Results can be found here.

Promotion for the Junior Team

The victorious team

The team has been promoted to Division 2 of the Nuneaton and District Junior League after winning the Division 3 season ending gala. The club took a team of swimmers aged 9 to 12 to Wolverhampton Central Baths for the final, in which they won 13 of the 51 races on the day. The club also came away with a further 21 top-three finishes and came top of the league overall to earn promotion.

Among the highlights, Gemma Hughes broke the league record for the nine year old girls fly and also won the backstroke. She was also part of the team that won the girls 4X1 freestyle and medley relays. Ben Taylor, 10, won the breaststroke and was on the winning boys 4X1 medley relay side. Grace Shorrock, 11, won the butterfly, while Callum Mitchelmore took individual and medley freestyle gold. Megan Potts’ backstroke win, Lloyd Davies’ freestyle triumph and Tom Rowley’s wins in the backstroke and boys 4X1 medley relay were also among the highlights.

Finally, a special mention for the supporters. Numerous parents and senior team members gave up their day to support the team. Team colours were displayed by all and we were without question the best supported team.

Well done to everyone!!!