Arena League Division 1 – Round 3 – Coach’s Report

The team made the relatively short journey to Worcester for the final of the 3 rounds in the annual National Swimming League.  With this being the final time this year the team could put in a good team performance, they didn’t fail to deliver.  Improving on the position from the previous 2 rounds, the team placed 5th on the night.

Race victories came courtesy of Georgia Huddleston in the 15/u breastroke and Ellie Sykes in the 13/u 100m breastroke.  Runner up spots were gained by Aron in the 13/u fly, Tom S in the 15/u breast, Will S in the 15/u fly and the 15/u Medley team of Tom, Will S, Ed and Max, while 3rd places were earned by Gemma (11/u fly), Lucy A (11/u back), Georgia (Open IM), Connor (13/u breast), Ellie (Open breast), Will S (15/u free), 15/u boys Free team and girls 15/u Medley team of Issy, Georgia, Lucy F and Jodie.

Furthermore, PB’s were gained by Orla, Aron, Tom R, Megan, Lucy A, Connor and Tom H.

A great all round team effort with several exciting races and overall scores of:

  1. Gloucester City 239pts
  2. Abingdon 221pts
  3. City of Hereford 197pts
  4. Team Luton 138pts
  5. Shrewsbury 127pts
  6. Wyre Forest 121pts

DSE National Disability Short Course Champs, Sheffield, November 2012 – Coach’s Report

Shrewsbury SC’s Ffion Butler was part of the Wales team that competed in Sheffield at this year’s Disability Sports Event’s (DSE’s) National Short Course Championships.  With the cream of the 2012 Paralympic Team along with a large amount of promising development and junior disability swimmers, the standard of competition was very high.

Racing in 5 events over the 2 day meet, Ffion set 4 pb’s and won 3 medals.  She won Bronze in the S9 100m Back, Bronze in a new best time in the S9 50m Freestyle and then even better by winning Gold in a new best time in the SB8 100m Breastroke.  Having made massive strides in her swimming last season, she has continued her great form into this year.

A huge well done and congratulations from the Club to Ffion!!

Shrewsbury Junior Winter Open Meet 1st December 2012 – Coach’s Report

Our Winter Junior Meet provided a pre-Christmas meet, which the more experienced swimmers could use for racing some of their weaker events, while many of the clubs younger and newer members could gain some gala and race experience!  It was excellent to see the mix of members from Shrewsbury amongst the 50 odd bodies on poolside for the gala!!

The ‘A’ squad swimmers used the Meet well to practice race skills in their preferred events, while having rare outings in some less favoured events, with many of them gaining new County Qualifying times for those weaker events – 21 new times in total.  The less experienced racing members, including the huge group of ‘C’ squad girls and the clan of ‘B’ squad boys, had the opportunity to race in a competitive environment and put their swim skills and strokes from training into practice.  In particular, the younger swimmers from ‘C’ squad excelled on the day, with many of them smashing personal best times that were set a matter of weeks ago in time trials or the mini gala, while many of the swimmers who raced the 200m events on a variety of strokes made huge inroads into their best times too, and gained massive racing confidence along the way.  The personal best time count was amazingly high, while the medal count for the club was:

38 GOLD, 37 SILVER, 25 BRONZE

A big well done to all the swimmers from the Meet and also a massive thank you to all the parents and helpers that made the Meet run extremely smoothly and thoroughly enjoyable for all who competed and attended!!!

Hereford Open Meet November 2012 – Coach’s Report

SHREWSBURY SWIMMING CLUB: TOP CLUB!!!!!!!

Where to start!!!  Shrewsbury swimmers really took the Hereford Open Meet by storm this year with the best overall performance the club has had at an Open for several years, resulting in us winning overall top club.  So many highlights and pb smashing performances that it is very hard to single swimmers out.

The stats:

Over 150 pbs set/smashed!!

55 Gold, 42 Silver, 31 Bronze Medals

19 New Midland Qualifying times

Huge number of new County Times gained

The excellent swims began right from the beginning in the 200m Breast, with 9yr old Amy Watton gaining her first County time, Sophia Motala-Evans winning her first of a massive 7 Golds and Ellie Sykes tearing up the final heat to set the fastest time and gain another Midland Time.  The boys 50 Fly was next, with the club earning 6 more medals including Gold from William Carter and a new Midland time from Will Slawson.  I would love to name all of the excellent swims but this report would go on for days!!

Other new County Champs qualifiers were Grace Shorrock, Sophia Motala-Evans, Amy Watton, Ella Martindale, while many other swimmers qualified on their weaker events.  Midland times were achieved by Lucy Fairbanks, Ellie, Tom Sykes, Stan Hau, Will Slawson, and Issy.  To really cap off the excellent weekend top girl/boy trophies were won by Sophia (9yrs), Gemma Hughes (10yrs), Lucy F (13yrs), Claire Beddow (16/over) and Will S (15yrs).  Finally to round the report off, the team spirit amongst the swimmers and from the travelling support was unbelievable, so much so that the polite lady on the mic paid tribute to us all as a team!!!!  Awesome show guys, massive well done to you all!!!

Open Meet – thank you

Thank you to everyone who supported the meet.

Our licensed meets are run by volunteers and without them they would not happen.

The more help we get, the better the meet, so don’t be shy!!! If you have a specific skill/talent or just fancy getting involved, please do not hesitate to offer your services. All of the tasks are relatively simple and help is always on hand to support you for the first couple of times performing a role. Examples range from taking admission fees, selling raffle tickets or photocopying results to marshalling the swimmers on poolside, team managing or timekeeping. Most require no specific training but if you are interested in becoming a timekeeper or other official then please speak to someone at the club.

It is essential that all parents or carers, where possible, volunteer at some stage in their child’s development within the club. Some people may feel they have nothing to offer but all the club really needs is someone’s time. The meets help significantly in the running of the club and keeping down fees so please help where you can!!!

The club is holding an EGM at 7pm on Friday 7th December. Please come along to discuss the future development of the club.