Last month saw the chance for the Age group qualifiers to take to the regional stage when travelling to Coventry for their Midland Champs of 2013. SASC had 6 qualifiers this year, all of whom set long course PBs, some of which also converted to short course PBs too, with many swims sending them flying up the rankings from their entry position.
Leading the way was 10yr old Lucy Armitage. Racing long course for the first time, she produced some excellent swims across her 10 events, the best of which came on the last day of the meet in the 400m Freestyle and Medley races. Overall, she won 6 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze medals and achieved the Top Girl award for her age group. Ellie Sykes had the best of her 5 events on the first day of the champs. With strong swims and PBs in the 200 IM and 100 Free, she began the day with an excellent 8 second PB in the 200m Breast, a mere 0.7secs off her second national of the season. Having qualified for 6 races, Lucy Fairbanks showed her strength in the Freestyle events. She set new PBs across the 100, 200 and 400 events, with the latter 2 events being a great demonstration of her excellent pacing and racing.
For the boys we had Ed Saxon, Tom Rowley and Michael Doyle. Ed was a first time qualifier and produced an attacking performance in his 100m Freestyle to come away with a long course PB. Tom qualified in the 13yrs 200m back and put in a strong race to come away with a long course PB also. Finally Michael raced in the 400 and 1500 distance Freestyle events. In his 1500, he swam well with good even pacing, while an excellent attacking last 150m in his 400 saw him move through the field to win his heat and gain a new PB.
Well done to all.