For many of the clubs swimmers, the 2nd target competition of the season was the annual Shropshire County Age Group Champs held over 2 weekends in Wolverhampton. With over 40 swimmers qualified, Shrewsbury has excellent representation across the board and the swimmer’s rose to the challenge that the rest of the county had to offer.
Over the 4 days of racing, the swimmers achieved a PB rate of 69%, whilst also notching up 109 final appearances between them. With a medal count of 35 Gold, 16 Silver and 21 Bronze and also 67 Midland Qualifying times, it was a successful meet all round.
Multiple County Champions were Lucy Armitage, Porsha Jones, Reilly Shanahan, Ffion Butler, Tom Piggott and Ellie Sykes and Melissa Pugh also won Gold too. Furthermore, Aron Preece and Henry Sewell finished 2nd in the 16yrs and 10yrs age groups respectively, while Lucy Armitage set a new 100m IM County Record and won 14 out of 17 Golds in her age group along with top 13yr Girl award. An awesome performance by the whole team, big congratulations!!!!
A team of around 20 Shrewsbury swimmers took to the long course pool in Coventry for some post-Christmas racing over 2 days. For most it was their first long course meet of the season, for others it was their first exposure to a 50m pool.
Despite not long back to training following the short Christmas break, the whole team raced well across the weekend. All the swimmers recorded new best times in some of their events with many of these converting to short course best time also.
They also picked up a massive medal haul of 28 Gold, 16 Silver and 26 Bronze medals. To further top this Woody, Michael and Kate all won the top swimmers awards in their respective age groups and Robbie Cowley gained his first ever Midland Qualifying time in the 50m Fly. Great racing guys!!!!
No Thursday morning training this week, 26th March
Wednesday evening ‘A’ session on 1st April is at Shrewsbury School at usual time.
Due to reduced pool opening hours all training on the following days is cancelled:
Good Friday 3rd April
Easter Sunday 5th April
Easter Monday 6th April
Attached is a list of forthcoming courses being run by the ASA – Level 1 Teaching Aquatics, Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics and various Team manager courses. If you are interested in attending any of the courses, please let Kerry Preece know via email@example.com before 25th March 2015.
ASA Upcoming Courses Seminars and Workshops
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!!!
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!!!
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.
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!!