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!!
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.
Huge congratulations to Ffion Butler on her first International competition abroad.
She was selected as part of a small group of developmental Welsh Para-swimmers to compete abroad in the Hague Grand Prix in Holland. This meet was being used to expose the swimmers to an International event, for them to gain invaluable experience of a different competition environment, and also a warm-up meet for April’s GB Rio para-trials in Glasgow. Competing across the 3 day meet, Ffion had some promising swims and recorded some very strong times, making 2 finals. A solid overall performance for her first International competition and also one completed whilst in hard training!!
The Results for this weekend’s Open Meet are now available:
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A complete list of all the accepted entries can be found here: SASC Open Meet 2016 Entries
Shrewsbury ASC is pleased to announce their forthcoming Level 3 Autumn Open Meet to be held at Central Baths, Wolverhampton on 15/16 October 2016. The Meet Pack and Electronic Entry Files are now available. Entries accepted from Wednesday 15th June 2016.
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The pools at the Quarry Swimming and Fitness Centre will not be available on Wednesday 8th June, Tuesday 14th June and Wednesday 6th July due to schools galas.
This affects A’ squad evening pool sessions and the Development squad sessions on the above dates. Please note: All morning sessions and any sessions at Shrewsbury School will be on as usual.
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!!
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!
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!