DERVENTIO EXCEL XMAS CRACKER MEET – PONDS FORGE, SHEFFIELD, DECEMBER 2014

The weekend before Christmas saw 11 swimmers race at the Level 1 Long Course Derventio Excel meet in Sheffield. This was the 1st target meet for a few swimmers plus an additional long course meet for experience for some others.

Over the 3 day Meet they achieved over 45 new long course best times, with many of these also converting to new short course bests also. The previous few months of hard training were paying off with some excellent races across the board. Highlights from the meet included Lucy Armitage winning 5 Gold Medals, plus 1 Silver and 1 Bronze and best times in all but 1 of her events in the 12yrs age group. Other medals came from Sophia and Gemma with 2 medals apiece and also Will Slawson placed 3rd overall in the 15/over category based on FINA points.

For most of these swimmers it is now full steam towards Midland Champs in May/June!!!

SWIM WALES WINTER SC CHAMPS – SWANSEA, DECEMBER 2014

Ffion, Tom Piggott and Reilly were the club’s representatives in the MC Disability events at the Swim Wales Winter Champs down in Swansea just before Christmas.
Having just set new best times a matter of weeks before at the DSE champs, backing it up was the aim for all 3 of them over the 3 day meet. Reilly set new best time once again in most of his events, highlighting the continual progression he has been making over the recent months through his hard work. Tom was close to his recently set best times in his main events, whilst setting new best times in events not usually available to his classification and Ffion was also not far off her recently set PB’s from Manchester too.

All 3 of them made finals in the evening sessions and managed to improve their times from heats to finals. Well done guys!!!

DSE NATIONAL SC CHAMPS – NOVEMBER 2014, MANCHESTER AQUATIC CENTRE

The National Disability Short Course Championships moved to Manchester for this season and saw the country’s best Paralympic and disability athletes fight it out in the pool. Representing SASC were Ffion, Tom Piggott, Reilly and Porsha.

Over the 2 day meet, the 4 of them swam almost 20 races, with all but 2 of these being new best times, with some of these being sizeable PBs, including a 20sec best for Reilly in the 400 Free!! Several of these swims were also within the QTs for the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow in March. Furthermore, Ffion picked up Bronze medals in the 100 Free and 100 Back, plus a Silver in the 100 Fly. Well done to all 4 of them.

HEREFORD OPEN MEET – NOVEMBER 2014

For many of the clubs swimmers, the first target meet of the season was once again the Hereford Open Meet, which had proved to be a successful place for the SASC swimmers to race in the past. 2014’s meet proved to be no different!!
With the largest team there of 33 entrants, the swimmers set about smashing best times right from event 1 and continued in the same fashion for all 4 sessions over the 2 days. In all, they recorded in excess of 150 best times and they all reaped the rewards of their early season hard work. New county QT’s and new Midland short and long course champ times were notched up also, along with the following:

39 Gold, 37 Silver and 23 Bronze medals
Top girls awards for Lucy Fairbanks and Gemma Hughes
Top club award for 3rd year running!!

It really was an all-round superb performance from the whole team and a great springboard looking forward to the rest of the season!! Well done to all involved!!

BRITISH GAS NATIONAL MASTERS AND SENIOR AGE GROUPS CHAMPIONSHIPS, SHEFFIELD, OCTOBER 2014

The annual Short-course National Masters competition was once again held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. The races are held across two pools of fast racing, the men’s in 1 pool while the women’s events are held in an adjacent pool at the same time. The event attracts the very best in masters’ swimmers from across the UK, with several British, European and World record holders and champions racing.
Tom Horswood was making his first appearance at this event, racing across 2 days in 5 events. Day 1 saw him race 1sec outside his 1500m Freestyle pb while picking up an impressive Silver medal in the 18-24yr age group. Later in the day he saw a respectable 50m Back and then a 2.5sec pb in the 200m Breast to finish the day. Day 2 started in the morning with the 400m Freestyle. Another good swim saw a new best time of over 4 secs, placing 5th, less than a second from Bronze. His best swim came in his last event, the 200m Back. Racing in the fastest heat in the outside lane, he paced the race to perfection with a strong 2nd half, gained a 2sec pb and a gold Medal to be Masters Champion 2014!! Well done Tom.

NATIONAL COUNTY TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS, SHEFFIELD, OCTOBER 2014

6 of our swimmers were selected to represent Shropshire in the annual National County Team Champs competition in Sheffield. 32 Counties of England, plus 2 areas of Wales and 4 area teams from Scotland make up the competition, held in 2 divisions raced simultaneously in two 25m pools of fast and furious action!!! Shropshire finished the day in a respectable 11th place in division 2. Wil Carter, Izzy Lester and Max Dalziel all raced their respective age group 100m Freestyle, while Ellie and Tom Sykes were competing in their age group’s 100m Breast plus all 5 of them and Lucy Armitage were part of a Medley relay each too. All of the individual races were solid swims with Wil and Max’s being new Short course best times, while all 6 relay splits that were swum saw the swimmers rise to the team occasion, with most of them being fastest ever splits!! Well done to all and congratulations on your selection.

NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE: WEST MIDS PREMIER DIVISION – ROUND 1: NUNEATON: OCTOBER 2014

Premier Division by name and definitely Premier Division by nature(and standard of competition!!!) After our deserved promotion last season, were are now in the top flight of this comp in the region, taking on and racing the big clubs!! This meant we knew the competition was going to be a whole new level, so we had to present an ever bigger team unit with huge team spirit to mount any kind of challenge! The atmosphere among the team was awesome the whole way through despite us feeling the force of the city teams!!
On the night we placed 6th but the performance the team gave was far better than this position would suggest. They gained new pbs in more than half the individual events, 18 in total and the team support in the last set of relays was the best I have ever known amongst the swimmers. Our only 1st place was from Ellie in the 15/u 100m Breast, 2nd places came from Lucy A in the 13/u 100m Fly and Free plus Ellie in the 15/u 100m Free and the girls cannon of Claire, Izzy, Kate Lucy A, Ellie and a great last leg from Lucy F. 3rd places came from Lucy F in the Open 200m IM, Amelia in the 11/u 50m Breast and the girls 15/u Medley team of Megan, Ellie, Grace and Beth. Onto round 2 in November to continue our top flight fight!!
Leicester Sharks ‘A’:                   209
Halesowen:                                 208
Chase:                                        178
Nuneaton and Bedworth:           176
City of Derby ‘B’:                        156
SHREWSBURY                         121