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!!!!
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.
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!!