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

ROBIN HOOD LEVEL 1 OPEN MEET, SHEFFIELD, OCTOBER 2014

17 SASC swimmers made the familiar journey to Ponds Forge in Sheffield for the annual Robin Hood Long Course Open Meet. This meet is used by ourselves as an early season racing meet and beneficial long course experience, with the sole focus about getting in and racing tough against quality opposition. And race tough they did!!!
More than 60 Long Course pbs set, more than half of which also converted to new short course best times too. Additionally, Will S, Lucy F, Lucy A, Izzy, Ellie S and Woody gained 21 medals amongst them. The most pleasing over the whole weekend was the attitude towards the meet and the business-like approach to each race and the numerous long swim downs that were ordered to all. No issues, just great swimming.  To top it all off was the visit the swimmers had from one Miss Adlington!!! Well done folks.

WEST MIDLAND REGIONAL DISABILITY CHAMPIONSHIPS, RUGBY, SEPTEMBER 2014

3 of Shrewsbury’s disability swimmers made the trip to Rugby for the early season Regional Disability Champs. This was a chance to race against the best up and coming disability swimmers from both the West and East Mids. Competing across 5 events each, Tom Piggott, Reilly Shanahan and Porsha Jones were kept extremely busy during the short gala, due to the fast turn-around of events!! This made their achievements even more impressive. Whilst being on pb times(many of which were set at the very end of last season) or setting new best times across the majority of their races, they came away with a 9 medal haul!! Reilly won Silver in the 200m IM and Gold in the 200m Free, Porsha won Bronze in the 100m IM, 100m Back and 50m Breast, while Tom gained Bronze in the opening 400m Free, Silver in the 100m IM and 100m Breast and topped those off with Gold in the 200m IM. All of this is promising for the rest of the season for all 3, next stop in the National DSE Champs in Sheffield in November. Well done guys, great job!!!!

UK SCHOOL GAMES: MANCHESTER

Reilly Shanahan and Ffion Butler were both selected to represent the Wales team in this year’s UK Games. These games are for athletes across a range of sports and are to meant to replicate a major multi-sport event to give them experience in an event of this nature with, 8 teams making up the events from the 4 areas of England, 2 areas of Scotland plus Welsh and Irish teams. Reilly swam 3 races, equalling his recently set PBs in 2 of them and posting a new best time in the 3rd. Ffion also swam 3 events posting sizeable new best times in all 3 and winning Silver in the 50m Free and 100m Back plus Bronze in the 100m Fly. Well done to both!

BRITISH PARA-SWIMMING INTERNATIONAL MEET, GLASGOW – APRIL 2014

SASC members Reilly Shanahan, Ffion Butler and Tom Piggott all qualified and travelled up to Glasgow to compete in the biggest domestic Disability event of this season. Alongside the cream of British Para-swimming talent, there were also teams from The Netherlands, Spain, USA and various others competing over the 4 day meet. Day 1 saw all 3 of our swimmers race in the 100m Free with Tom and Reilly setting strong new PB times in their heat swims, while Ffion’s time was just outside her best but qualified her for the GB final in the evening session, where she went more than 1 second faster than her heat swim and was also a new best time. Also on the first day, Ffion raced in the 100m Breast posting a time slightly outside her PB. Events on day 2 for Ffion and Tom were the 50 Free and 200 IM. Both swimmers set new best times in the 50m Free with Ffion qualifying for the Youth(16/under) final in the evening and they both then backed that up by posting new best times in the 200m IM. First event of day 3 was the 100m Back in which all 3 were racing.  Both Reilly and Tom set new long course best times, with Ffion being just outside hers. Second event of the day for Ffion and Tom was the 100m Fly where they both performed solid races, with Ffion qualifying for the Youth final in the evening. In the final she went over 2 seconds faster to record a new best time. The 4th and final day of the meet had the distance 400m Free event for both Tom and Ffion. Ffion finished her 7 event programme for the meet with a respectable and even pace race, just outside her PB. Tom finished his meet with another solid swim and another long course PB. Across the 4 day meet they all had some great swims in a very high calibre meet against several top international para-swimmers.

Well done to all 3 of them!

Captains show how it’s done in Leicester!

17 Shrewsbury swimmers took part in the City of Leicester Age Group meet at Braunstone Leisure Centre.  Across the 3 day meet they recorded over 50 PB times, most of which were only set 5 weeks previously at Counties!  Leading the way were the club captains.  Max D set PBs in 7 out of his 8 events and gained his first Midland Youth QTs in the 50m and 100m Free and made the final of both events, gaining silver in the 50m Free.  Claire B, despite being hampered by an injury, set PBs in her favoured 50m and 100m Free, making the final in both and narrowly missed her 2nd MDQT in the 100.  Kate G set sizeable new best times in 5 out of her 6 events, made the final in the 100 Breast and gained her first ever MDQT in the same event.

Other stand-out performances amongst the awesome weekend meet for the team came from Lucy Fairbanks, who got 3 new MDQT’s from 3 events while making the 100 back final and having an amazing race in the 400m Free.  Sophia Motala-Evans, who narrowly missed her first ever Midland time in both the 100 Free and 200 Back on Saturday, smashed her 100m Back time on Sunday to gain her 1st MDQT.  Finally, Will Carter paced his 200m Free race to perfection to drop another 4sec PB and gain his first MDQT and Lucy A made the 100 Free and 100 Fly finals.  Others racing and setting best times were Aron, Jodie, Tasha, Grace S, Megan, Sophie, Michael, Ed, Lolly and Woody.

Awesome performance guys, great job!!!

City of Bristol Level 1 Open Meet – Hengrove Park, 5th-6th April

9 of SASC’s older members made the journey down to Bristol to race long course against some of the best swimmers from the South West.  While the meet was being used for some as a warm up for Midland champs, it was an excellent chance for all for more tough long course racing.  Highlights from the meet for the swimmers including new MDQT’s for Michael in the 400 IM, Lucy F and Issy in the 100m Free and Tom S in the 50m Free.  Tom S was also a mere .3 of a second away from his first NQT in the 100m Breast.  Strong PBs were gained by Aron in all 3 of his races, Tom H in his 200 and 400 Free, Issy in the 200 IM and Lucy F in her 400 IM.

All in all a good strong showing from all 9 of the swimmers and potential for some great results at regionals.  Well done!