YOUTH WEST MIDLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS, COVENTRY, APRIL 2016

SASC had 8 individual representatives plus 3 relay teams at the new look West Midland Youth Championships 2016. With the 2 areas of the Midlands splitting for their respective regional champs, it meant that the turnover of events was going to be quicker, meaning the swimmers had to stay and race tough, with little rest between events at times.

Day One started with the Boys 17/over Medley relay Team of Ed, Rob Wil and Hayden, who despite an unfortunate DQ, put in a really strong performance with some excellent split times. Then came the boys 100 fly, where Michael placed 6th in his heat swim equalling his PB, and Wil set a new best time to place 7th, meaning both would return later as top 8 made the final. Next the girls 50 breast saw Melissa PB to make the final in 8th, and Kate and Ellie swim just outside their best times, Ellie making the final in 7th. Boys 100 Breast saw Rob set the fastest time from the heats in a PB, while Lucy also made the 200IM final in a season best, placing 7th. The other 2 mornings heat swims saw Wil set another new best time in the 200 Free, placing 10th so 2nd reserve, while Ed swam just off his best in his 50 Back.

Session 2 saw Michael start by claiming Silver in the Heat Declared winner (HDW) 400IM. Boys 50 Free saw Ed post a stronger heat time than his morning swim, while Rob placed 4th for the final, and in the girls 200 Breast Melissa set a new best time for 4th into the final, while Lucy and Kate also made the final in 7th and 8th.

Session 3: Day 1 Finals: The session started with the boys 4×100 Free relay of Wil, Hayden, Ed and Rob who swam to an awesome team performance and placed 5th. Finals results as follows:
Boys 100 Fly Michael 6th, Wil 8th, Girls 50 Breast Melissa 6th PB, Ellie 7th, Boys 100 Breast Rob 2nd PB, Girls 200 IM, Lucy 5th, Boys 200 Free Wil 8th, Boys 50 Free Rob 3rd PB, Girls 200 Breast Melissa 3rd, Lucy 7th, Kate 8th

Session 4 started with Michael outside of his best in the 400 Free, soon followed by Rob setting a new 50 Breast PB to place 2nd for the final. The girls 100 Breast saw Melissa PB to take 5th place, while Ellie and Kate placed 8th and 10th in theirs respectively. Finally the boys 200 IM saw Michael place 4th and Rob 5th for their finals.

Session 5 began with the boys 4×200 Freestyle team in which Wil, Joel, Hayden and Rob swam themselves to a bronze medal. The boys were back in shortly after in the 100 Free where Michael placed 9th, Wil outside his PB and Rob finished 5th going into the final later once again. Melissa was on PB in her 50 Free for 9th, while Michael was up again in the 200 Breast placing 4th from the heats. Finally for the heats was the boys 50 Fly where Wil was just off his PB and Michael and Rob qualified for their finals in 8th and 5th.

Session 6: Day 2 Finals:
Boys 50 Breast Rob 2nd PB, Girls 100 Breast Melissa =2nd, Boys 200 IM Michael 4th, Boys 100 Free Michael 4th PB, Rob 4th, Boys 200 Breast Michael 4th, Boys 50 Fly Michael 8th, Rob 6th

BRITISH INTERNATIONAL PARA-SWIMMING MEET, GLASGOW, APRIL 2016

Ffion Butler, Reilly Shanahan, Porsha Jones and Tom Piggott were the SASC representatives at this season’s Para-Swimming International meet, which doubled up as the Rio Paralympic Trials. This meant the standard of competition would be the highest for the whole season, will all competitors chasing PB swims or Rio qualifying times. Each day had all the heats in the morning, with the top 20 or 30 swimmers based on Para-Swimming points qualifying for the finals in the evening on the same day.

Day 1 began with the 100m Freestyle with Porsha setting a new PB, while Ffion was off her best but qualified for the evenings final where she would swim half a second faster. Reilly smashed his LC best time to score over 400 points for the first time in the event, while Tom equalled his best time to make it through to the finals, where he would set a new best time and go over 500 points. Porsha and Tom also both had the 100m Breast, where Porsha equalled her best time on her weaker stroke, while Tom was just outside his.

Day 2 continued on the same vein of form with Reilly, Porsha and Ffion setting new best times in the heats and Tom and Ffion making the finals later in the day. In the final, Tom was slightly slower but still around his best time, while Ffion 2seconds faster to go over the 600 point mark for the first time. Day 3 was the 100 Fly, with just of ours competing. Ffion was outside her PB in the heat but still made the final where she swam a similar time to finish an extremely creditable 8th overall. Tom was on PB in his heat to make the final where he went 2secons quicker to set a new best time.

Day 4 was the distance event, the 400 Free with all but Ffion racing. Porsha had a storming swim from the outside Lane 0 to smash her PB in her heat. Reilly also set a massive best time to make the final in the evening, and Tom also set a new PB in his heat en-route to the final. Both boys would swim just outside these newly set best times in the evening finals.

Day 5 was the last day of competition with the 50m Freestyle and 200m IM events. Porsha had a strong swim and hit a new PB in the 50 free before another excellent impressive swim to take her heat by storm in the IM and another massive best time. Ffion was on her best time in the 50Free heat before breaking the 33s barrier for the first time to record another PB later in the final for nearly 700 points. Reilly recorded a new PB in the 50 free and again later in the 200m IM, while Tom was just outside his 50Free best before he equalled his IM PB. He later made the final for the IM. Across the 5 days of racing, our 4 swimmers were completely professional and deserved all of their success in Glasgow.

A great show and great representation for the club, awesome effort guys!!!!

DERVENTIO EXCEL OPEN MEET, PONDS FORGE, SHEFFIELD, APRIL 2016

The same weekend as the Leicester Meet, 7 other club swimmers were up in Sheffield competing at the Level 1 Derventio Excel Open meet. This meet was being used as a warm up meet for Regionals and also the first chance to post ranking times in the National Qualifying window. Woody, Wil C, Ed and Michael were the boys competing, while Lucy F, Eloise and Gemma made up the female part of the team.

Known for being a fast and competitive pool, the SASC contingent put in some strong swims and achieved some very positive results. With 23 PB times amongst them, it was more than a 50% PB rate across the 3 days. Furthermore, Eloise won 4 medals including Gold in the 200 Free and also the top 13yr Girls trophy.

An extremely positive meet for all.

CITY OF LEICESTER AGE GROUP OPEN MEET, BRAUNSTONE, APRIL 2016

More than 20 of our swimmers travelled east to compete in the fast pool for the Leicester Age Group meet, which always promises the potential for PB’s, and that’s certainly what was delivered amongst our swimmers. They demonstrated some encouraging results and improvements from County Champs merely 6 weeks earlier, both in terms of skills and times, with many swimmers recording new bests in the majority of their events.

Our team of swimmers, including Francine Gilmore competing in her first open meet for the club, gained a PB rate above 50% across the 3 day meet. Furthermore, medals came from Callum Piggott, Ben Rowley, Henry Sewell, Melissa Pugh, Tom Rowley and Claire Beddow, while Kate Grindley won the team’s 2 Gold medals in the 100 and 200 Breastroke events.

Well done to all on another strong set of performances, especially so soon after Counties!!

SHROPSHIRE COUNTY AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS, WOLVERHAMPTON, FEBRUARY 2016

The annual County Age Group Champs took place over 2 weekends back in February at Wolverhampton Central Baths and saw the cream of Shropshire swimmers battle it out for final places and medals. With a team in excess of 40, our swimmers got stuck in and raced tough and produced a strong display across all age groups over the 4 days. With the new format of heats and finals, it made for a busy and fast paced competition, keeping several swimmers busy with many swims!!

Over the whole competition, SASC had a large PB rate, in excess of 100 new best time set, with 63 final appearances. A total of 45 medals, 13 being Gold coming courtesy of Porsha Jones, Ffion Butler, Tom Piggott, Reilly Shanahan and Rob Cowley. Also there were 44 Regional Qualifying times achieved, including the first ever for Melissa Pugh, and there were also more than 5 first time county qualifiers competing in the team.

Well done to all.

CITY OF COVENTRY OPEN MEET – JANUARY – COVENTRY

The 3rd weekend of the year saw more than 20 SASC swimmers travel to Coventry to take part in their Long course meet. For many of them this was their first 50m racing of the season, with some being their first sight of a 50m pool ever!! The meet was about early year post Christmas racing. For some, to see where they were racing-wise, for some to gain more experience in long course racing, but for all to post their best times possible.

Over the course of the 2 day meet, the swimmers put in some strong performances, with many recording new best times, both long and converted to short. Special mention goes to Owen, Erin Knight, Marie and Archie who were all making their long course racing debuts. The team won a combined total of 48 medals, 21 of which were Gold, along with Woody and Gemma winning top swimmers awards in the 13yr category. Furthermore, new regional times were achieved by Woody, Wil C, Eloise and Michael. Good work folks!!

ASA NATIONAL SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS – SHEFFIELD – DECEMBER 2015

Boys club captain Rob Cowley was our sole representative at the new look ASA National Short-Course champs held at Ponds Forge. This meet was the pinnacle of the new short course season and entrants included numerous International medallists and Olympians. Having excelled at the regional short course champs the month earlier, he had qualified for the 100m IM which took place on day 3 of the 4 day National Champs. Racing from the outside lane 9, he showed excellent race skills and produced a new best time of 59.04, improving his ranking by nearly 10 places and missing the ‘B’ final by 0.5secs. A fine performance for a first individual national event. Good job Rob!

NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE 2015 – ROUND 3 – SATURDAY 12TH DECEMBER – RUGBY

Round 3 of the Arena League competition saw us back in Rugby racing at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre. Knowing that we would safely remain in Division 2 for next year, this round was solely concerned with nailing a great team performance to finish off the year. And despite excess traffic on the way to the pool making us slightly late and stressing out the head coach, an awesome performance was once again delivered by the whole team.

We started the evening with a 2nd and a 1st place in the opening 200m IM races and finished the evening with a 2nd and 1st place in the 6×50 cannons. Overall, there were 13 victories for the team backed up by a further 15 top 3 places. Support poolside amongst the team was strong as ever, especially through both sets of relays. 1st places came from the girls 15/u medley and free team of Emma, Grace, Melissa and Gemma, while Gemma and Melissa joined Beth, Claire, Ellis and Lucy F to win the 6×50 Cannon. Ellie and Lucy also won the open breast and back respectively and Gemma the 13/u Free. Not to be outdone boys victories came from the open medley team of Wil, Rob, Hayden and Ed, with Ed also winning the open fly and Captain Cowley winning the open Breast, Free and Medley. Finally Tom R and Michael were victorious in the 15/u Back and Breast respectively. The whole team deserve the joint 2nd place we gained on the night for showing great determination, spirit and race skills. Great job guys!