Terry Davies Alternate Nationals - June 18

Firstly a big thank you to the following without whom we could not support our swimmers.

Officials - Jo Sansom Mark Strakosch, Simon Lever & Tara Bullock

Volunteers - Anna Kalverboer, Natalia Moren, Patrick Kalverboer & Tracey Moren

Coaches - Geoff Wood & Sian MacDonald

15 swimmers from 9 year old novice Saya Khalili to 17 year old Cam MacDonald took on some of the best in the Region at the Watford SC, Terry Davies Alternative Nationals Meet at Woodside pool whilst Father and Son, Mark (57) & Owen Strakosch (16) took on the Marlow Open Water Festival on the Sunday with Owen having competed at Watford on the Saturday as well, whilst Dad officiated alongside Jo Sansom, Tara Bullock & Simon Lever over the weekend, helping the sport continue for the athletes and without whom the swimmers cannot race.

Busiest swimmers with 10 & 9 races each were Alex Kalverboer and Callum Bullock.

Alex made one County Qualification and 7 Consideration times from his races including pbs in the 100m Breast (2nd), 100m Back (Gold), 50m Free, 100m IM, 100m Breast & 100m Free. His qualification time came in the 200m backstroke where he was at his most committed for the whole 200m. His 200m breast pocketed the silver and he claimed victory in the 100m Back along with bronze in the final event, the 50m breast.

Callum set pbs times in his 50m Backstroke (7th) in 31.90, good enough for a County Consideration time(CCT) for 2018. He also set a pb in his 100 IM and claimed a best placing of 4th in the 100m Fly.

Eva Lawson has only been with the club since the Autumn of last year but, allied to natural talent has a real racing mentality. She began the meet for the club with a heat win in the first heat of the day on Saturday creaming more than 9 seconds from her best to post 3:09.02 and a first County Qualifying time (CQT) of the season for herself and the club. Her second race was possibly the best of her 8 over the 2 days when she sliced nearly 5 seconds from her 50 Fly best to record another heat win and 10 years gold with 37.82, a time which, currently, ranks her first in the East Region and another CQT and was a new club record to boot. Eva also set club records in the 50m Free and 200 Free in which she improved more than 11 seconds to post 2:44.37 (CQT) and gold on the day. On day 2 she overcame the disappointment of a disqualification in the 100 IM to come back strongly and claim further CQTs and pbs in the 100m Free, and 50m Breast.

Lydia Wisely managed 2 CCTs of her own for the first time in the 50m fly & 50m back (pb) placing 4th and 3rd respectively as well as setting pbs in the 100m back, 200m Free & 100m IM.

Meanwhile Dan Chennells is starting to become a committed competitor too and in 8 races managed a 100% pb hit rate. He accomplished CCTs in the 100m Free, 100m IM, 200m Free, 50m Back & 200m IM with his 100m Free heat win bringing forth the biggest cheer of the meet. From a previous best of 1:00.37 he stormed away from the blocks to lead the whole way, seeming to accelerate even more in the last 25m so that he finished about 15m ahead of everybody in his heat and did not bother with a 59 or 58 second time, dropping straight to 57.48 for his first beating of the iconic 60 second barrier for the event. He had know this was a possibility after a flying 200m free race the previous day when he romped to 2nd in his heat with a 5 second improvement and the gold for 15 year olds in 2:08.05.

9 year old Saya Khalili was competing in her first ever Open Meet and after a one handed touch in the 100m Breast saw her, unfortunately, disqualified in her first race she showed strength of character to come back and place 4th in a pb, 53.48 for the 50m back and then put the error right in the 50m Breast on day 2 for 5th and 7th in the 50 Free, always with a smile on her face.

Victoria Ayles may be 15 but is still a relative novice in Open Meets and, as a late entry, had just the one swim in the 200m Free. She showed that she is making fantastic progress by lowering her 3 month old pb by 13 seconds to claim her own CCT in 2:26.90 for 4th place and a very clear heat win. As she gains experience and confidence her times will go down even further quite rapidly.

Tilly Anderton was another to get in on the CCT act in her 100m IM with 1:40.10 and also set pb in her 100m Free for 8th in 1:28.41.

Harrison Bullock was slightly off his best following GCSEs and a period of Open Water swimming but did manage a pb in his 50m Fly (32.21) from his 6 races.

Cam MacDonald, at 17, was the oldest swimmer from the club and showed that with hard work you can always continue to improve. His efforts in training on technique and turns paid off in the 200m Back where he secured 3rd place in a pb of 2:34.11 and also a pb in the 100m IM with 1:13.11.

Tamsin Moren is getting back on track after her knee op earlier in the season and took her own CQT in the 200m Breast posting 3:00.71 (2nd) when she was third in a tightly contested heat. Her 50 Breast (pb and 1st 39.21) was her first sub 40 second individual 50m swim and a CCT along with another CCT in the 100m Breast. She dropped her 50m Free after a long wait to do so, winning her heat with a particularly good second half in 31.51 for 5th and smashed her previous best in the 200m IM showing a return of confidence in her strength to clock 2:44.24, heat win and bronze overall, down from 2:53.99.

Emma Hockney was another to set 100% pbs placing 2nd in the 50m Free with 33.13 on Sunday morning having convincingly won her heat but her best result time wise came in the 200m free where she chopped an incredible 37 seconds from her previous best working hard technically with another heat win. Her other pbs came in the 50m back, 100m IM (heat win), 100m Free (heat win too with a 10 second lowering of her best) and 50m breast.

Izzy Sansom, like MacDonald, at 15 years of age showed she still has room for improvement by lowering her 200m Free best to 2:31.56 and being close to her best in her other 5 races.

George Thorne hit a 100% pb rate with his 3 races, 200m Free, 50m Back and possibly his best swim in the 100m Fly where he claimed the bronze medal and the first two of the swims were in CCTs.

Brother, Harry, showed good strength after another period out of the water and claiming a best position of 5th in the 200m Free.

Finally, Owen Strakosch set himself up for the following day’s 1.5km Open Water swim with pbs in the 100m Fly, 50m Back, 200m IM, 50m Fly and his best of 3rd place in the 200m Free where he got his time down to 2:15.16.

​Geoff Wood - Head Coach