A team of over 20 SASC swimmers took to the waters in the fast Braunstone Leisure Centre pool for the annual CO Leicester meet. The team ranged in experience from ‘C’ squad members Jonny and Archie in their first real Open meet, through to Midland Qualifiers from ‘A’ squad.
Across the 3 day meet, the swimmers gained more than 110 PB times, 6 new MDQT’s plus 9 Bronze and 4 Silver Medals along with 1 Gold from Lucy Fairbanks.
Well done to the whole team!!
A small team of 6 swimmers travelled to Bristol for the club’s first Open meet in the new National Qualifying window, while the meet was also a Youth Midland Champs warm up.
The youth swimmers there were Max, Tom H, Ed, Izzy and Ellie who set numerous season’s best time amongst them boding well for the Youth Midland Champs at the start of May. Ellie also won Bronze in the 15y/over 100 Breast. Also competing was Lucy Armitage who set several PB’s across her 7 events, whilst also winning 4 Gold and 3 Silver medals in the 12yrs age group. Well done guys!!!
Porsha Jones, Reilly Shanahan and Tom Piggott were the 3 SASC representatives at the largest domestic Disability Meet of this season in Glasgow back in March. This meet attracted large teams from several nations across the globe and also doubled up as the trials for the GB team for the IPC World Champs later in the season. This all meant that the start lists for all events included a large number of international medallists and Paralympian’s.
Not to be fazed by the occasion, our 3 swimmers stood up and were counted ready to gain the results of their hard work.
Day 1 started with all 3 of them setting sizeable new best times in the 100m Free, followed up by Tom swimming to a new PB in the 100m Breast. Day 2 saw all 3 of them race the 50m Free and 200m IM with all but one of these swims again being strong swims and new PBs. Days 3 was the 100m Back for all 3 plus the 100 Fly for Porsha and Tom. This was the first 100 Fly long course for Porsha while all the other swims were once again new PBs and this continued on day 4 in the 400m Free for Tom and Reilly.
To post such a high PB rate in a high pressured and highly competitive environment shows just how well the 3 swimmers did and represented the club extremely well. Massive congrats to all 3!!!!!
For many of the clubs swimmers, the 2nd target competition of the season was the annual Shropshire County Age Group Champs held over 2 weekends in Wolverhampton. With over 40 swimmers qualified, Shrewsbury has excellent representation across the board and the swimmer’s rose to the challenge that the rest of the county had to offer.
Over the 4 days of racing, the swimmers achieved a PB rate of 69%, whilst also notching up 109 final appearances between them. With a medal count of 35 Gold, 16 Silver and 21 Bronze and also 67 Midland Qualifying times, it was a successful meet all round.
Multiple County Champions were Lucy Armitage, Porsha Jones, Reilly Shanahan, Ffion Butler, Tom Piggott and Ellie Sykes and Melissa Pugh also won Gold too. Furthermore, Aron Preece and Henry Sewell finished 2nd in the 16yrs and 10yrs age groups respectively, while Lucy Armitage set a new 100m IM County Record and won 14 out of 17 Golds in her age group along with top 13yr Girl award. An awesome performance by the whole team, big congratulations!!!!
A team of around 20 Shrewsbury swimmers took to the long course pool in Coventry for some post-Christmas racing over 2 days. For most it was their first long course meet of the season, for others it was their first exposure to a 50m pool.
Despite not long back to training following the short Christmas break, the whole team raced well across the weekend. All the swimmers recorded new best times in some of their events with many of these converting to short course best time also.
They also picked up a massive medal haul of 28 Gold, 16 Silver and 26 Bronze medals. To further top this Woody, Michael and Kate all won the top swimmers awards in their respective age groups and Robbie Cowley gained his first ever Midland Qualifying time in the 50m Fly. Great racing guys!!!!