14 May 2018
It was a busy weekend for Poole Swimming Club with usual training ongoing, several athletes competing in the annual Styles Competition at the Dolphin Centre in Poole and a select group of Age Group swimmers heading over to Hengrove Park in the heart of South Bristol for the South West Regional Age Group Summer Championships.
This weekend would see Finley C, Tom C, Ben D, Liam D, Ollie G, Robbie H, Ethan H, Arron H, Max L, Charlie M, Ryan O, Luca S, Zack S, Carter S, Alan S, Xavier W and Merry B, Grace C, Holly C, Lauren C, Molly G, Amy G, Tilly M, Sheila M, Tia P, Aimie Q, Lucy S, Zoe S, Claire S and Betsy V competing at Regionals. For some, it would be their first time taking part at this level.
For the second weekend in a row, PSC's PB rate was an impressive 85% (84/99 events long course) with swimmers making 23 finals.
Out of a total of 16 medals for Dorset Clubs - all silver and bronze - PSC swimmers earned half of these. Our medallists included four silvers: Max L (50 free); Zack S (200 back); Alan S (100 breaststroke); and Claire S (200 free); and four bronze: Max L (100 breaststroke, 400IM, 100 free) and Robbie H (200 back).
Coach Jan commented "The stand out swimmer was Max L who had a busy weekend and not only made 6 finals, won four medals and achieved PBs in every event (either heats or finals) but also set some new 12 year club records for PSC. I was also pleased with Betsy V who made a final in the 100m fly in her first Regionals. Alan S swam a super 100m breaststroke and stepped up well in all his finals against some tough 14 year old opposition".
Swimmers making finals included: Finley C (200m back); Robbie H (200m back; 50m free); Max L (100 breastroke; 100m fly; 200 back; 200 IM; 50m free; and 100m free); Charlie M (100 fly; 200 back and 50 free); Ryan O (200 IM); Zack S (200 back); Alan S (100 breastroke; 100 fly; 50m free; and 100m free); Molly G (200m free); Amy G (200m back); Sheila M (50m free); Claire S (200m free); and Betsy V (100m fly).
Our congratulations go to all of the swimmers on their performances and thanks to Coaches Jan, Annie and Phil and also to Team Managers Steve, Tracy and Lisa on poolside. Thanks also to our poolside volunteers: Steve, Claire and Gemma, to all the officials and to our supporters who helped make the event a success.