Westhampnett Regional Open Water Coach Report

Coach Report for South East Region Open Water Championships 2017

8th July 2017

Great to see so many Shiverers swimmers taking part again this year. When you train and compete indoor 90% of the year there’s nothing better than giving the outdoors a go.

Another year on and swimmers like Hannah Eastbury who last year qualified and swam in the ASA National Open Water 1500m event had to double her racing distance from 1500m to 3k. Hannah, now an experienced open water swimmer didn’t disappoint -looked strong all the way, following a good line in her swim and finished 3rd fastest 3k 16-year-old to qualify again for Swim England National Open Water in a few weeks’ time-well done Hannah and good luck for nationals. Sophie Quach stepped out of her usual comfort zone of racing in the pool in 50’s and 100m races to try her first ever 3k open water swim and came away with Gold in the 19-24yrs age group, and still managing to smile at the end. Not to be outdone Lucy Parker also swam her first ever 3k to come away with silver in the 17/18 yrs age group and likewise Bethany Hull, Edie Parker and Lauren Hull in their first 3k finishing in 8th, 9th and 10th places respectively. All the girls were amazing and should be proud they took part in such professional style and with very respectable outcomes.

In the girls 1500m we saw Hannah Coupar 14 yrs building on the experience of last year and finishing a strong swim to come in 8th place with Grace Sainsbury aged 12, on her first ever open water outing, finishing in 5th and just missing out on National qualification! Well done girls.

The boys 1500m did appear ultra-competitive which is not a bad thing but requires dogged determination to push through. Elijah was defending his last years championship title which had also earned him a place at nationals where became 2016 12yrs National Open Water 1500m champion-so a lot to aim for. Elijah swam a great race but got boxed in on the last lap where he would normally open up to go for the finish but despite this still won Gold in the boys 13 years and in doing so qualifies for Swim Englands National Open Water 1500m race.

Stephen Boxall, Benji Burdett, Solomon Kendrick, Nils Lejins, George Chapman, Jack Sadberry also took part in the 1500m and again for some this was their first ever Open water 1500m race. Benji and Solomon raced each other staying very close and sprinting almost the whole race -in doing so this pushed them to very close finish 6th and 7th respectively which considering they will be able to swim this distance for another few years yet bodes well for the future!  

In the 500m event which is open for less experienced swimmers we saw Alfie Parker storming into first place from start to finish with such determination! Alfie showed that if you have the confidence to go out like this anything is possible. Felix Ellis, Luca Tizzano and Ed Clark also gave this race a real go despite it being their first attempt at open water and looked like they thoroughly enjoyed it.

So well done to all our swimmers. Some great achievement’s and experience gained by all.

The Coaching Team