04 June 2018
For the final weekend of the 2018 South West Regional Summer Championships, it was over to Millfield for a contingent of PSC Regional Age Group Swimmers, and a selection of our Regional Youth athletes for the 1500m freestyle.
The weekend would see PSC bring its total medal haul from the Championships to a total of 44 medals including 14 gold. It would also see Coach Jan having to make good on the incentive she promised her squad if they exceeded 10 medals at Age Groups. To find out more, read on....
Dorset Age Group swimmers fared very well across the weekend, with 16 medals achieved, Poole Age Group swimmers claiming half of these. This weekend alone, our Age Groupers earned:
- 4 gold (Max L - 200m free, 50m fly; and Claire S - 400m free, 1500 free)
- 3 silver (Max L - 400m free, 50 back; Alan S - 50m breast); and
- 1 bronze (Alan S - 50 fly);
and made an astounding 35 finals*, more than double the number of the next closest club and more than the other Dorset swimming clubs combined.
To top this off, a number of new club records were also set including Max L (50m fly and 50m breast), Luca S (50m fly), Robbie H (1500 free), Claire S (1500 free) and Alan S (50m breast).
Standout performances came from Max L (50 fly, 200 free), Alan S (50 breast), Claire S (1500 free) and Luca S (50 fly).
Age Groupers competing this weekend were: 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 with the boys achieiving a 92% Long Course PB rate (57/62 events) and Merry B, Holly C, Lauren C, Molly G, Amy G, Tilly McH, Sheila M, Tegan P, Aimie Q, Lucy S, Zoe S, Claire S and Betsy V with the girls achieving a 72% Long Course PB rate (23/32 events), giving a combined 85% Long Course PB rate.
Swimmers making finals or finishing in the top 8 in heat declared events were:
- Finley C (400 free, 1500 free);
- Liam D (50 breast);
- Robbie H (50 fly, 50 back, 100 back, 1500 free);
- Max L (50 fly, 50 back, 50 breast, 100 back, 200 free);
- Charlie M (50 back, 100 back);
- Ryan O (100 back, 200 fly, 400 free, 1500 free)
- Luca S (50 fly)
- Zack S (50 back, 100 back, 200 free, 400 free);
- Carter S (1500 free);
- Alan S (50 fly, 50 breast);
- Molly G (400 free, 1500 free);
- Amy G (100 back);
- Aimie Q (1500 free);
- Zoe S (1500 free);
- Claire S (100 free, 400 free and 1500 free); Molly G (400 free);
Charlie M swam well in the 50m back, just missing out on a medal. Zack S also narrowly missed out on a medal in the 400 free. Liam D (50 breast) and Ryan O (200 fly) put in strong performances, while Robbie H went sub-30s for the first time in 50m back and improved his long course PB. Lucy S achieved a nice PB in the 50 breast.
Our Youth competitors in the 1500 freestyle all finished in the top 6 with 4 out of the 6 swimmers achieving PBs.
Ollie F posted the second fastest time in all age groups and securiing his 6th gold of the Championships and top male in his age group. Meanwhile, Thea O'K earned herself a silver in the 17 & over Girls 1500m freestyle, with Teagan M-G earning bronze and Kath B finishing in 6th place. In the 16 year old category, Izzy H also secured a bronze.
Coach Jan commented "I would like to thank all our supporters and especially Becky and Phil (Coaches) and Tracy, Steve and Lisa (Team Managers) for all your help and support this weekend as I couldn't have managed without you. Thanks also to Gemma for volunteering to help with marshalling on Sunday.
It was great to have positive feedback from one of the officials to say that our swimmers were so polite and well behaved.
Finally, I believe that we are a great club and we are continuing to do well in an extremely competitive Region. As an incentive, I promised my squad that I would swim (probably not race) in our Club Champs if we exceeded 10 medals at Age Groups. Over the weekend, both swimmers and parents have reminded me several times that the squad have done this so I will be swimming an event in June at Club Champs".
*This total includes finishing in the top 8 for heat declared events