23 December 2017
ASA South East Regional Winter Championships 2017
On the 4th and 5th of November 2017 Maxwell Swim Club took part in the first Major Competition of the season: the Swim England South East Winter Championships. Over the weekend there were many great performances and massive steps up for so early in the season.
The first session started well with 3 Maxwell swimmers, Billy Martin, Joe Walker and Matthew Burton in the Men’s Open 100m Freestyle. All three were just off their personal bests (PB), with Billy finishing highest in 16th place. Maxwell’s next swimmer was Megan Pirrie who again was just off her PB in the Women’s 200m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly. Joe Walker and Matthew Burton were up next in the Men’s 100m Backstroke. Both raced well with Matt just beating Joe by 0.12 of a second for 13th in the Juniors. The last swim of the session was by Millie Tomlin-Davies in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke. She swam well and took 21st in the Juniors.
Kenji McDade started the second session off with a nice personal best in the 200m Butterfly for 11th place in the Juniors. Megan then carried on her busy day in the 200m Individual Medley finishing 24th in the Women’s Open. Billy Martin was up next in one of his preferred events, the Men’s 400m Freestyle where he finished 2nd overall in the Men’s open. Millie then had her second race of the session in the Women’s 200m Backstroke and was just off her PB. The Men’s 200m Breaststroke was next, where Kenji McDade and Matthew Chadwick took part for Maxwell with Kenji finishing 9th (1st reserve Open final) and 1st in the Juniors.
Overall it was a tough day’s racing, but with some great results from Billy Martin 2nd 400m Freestyle and Kenji McDade picking up 1st place in the Junior 200m Breaststroke.
The next day started well for Maxwell with the Men’s 200m Freestyle, where Billy Martin, Joe Walker, and Matthew Burton were all just off their personal bests with Billy also qualifying for the senior final. The girls were also just off their personal bests in the 50m Breaststroke. Next were the boys in the 50m Backstroke where Maxwell had 5 boys taking part: Joe Walker, Matthew Burton, Ted Gundry, Tom Selby, and Oliver Kenton. Matthew Burton also gained a slight personal best, which placed him 10th in the Juniors. Joe continued his busy weekend with the 100m Butterfly where he missed his personal best by less than a second. The last girls’ race of the session was the 100m Backstroke by Amber Cook and Millie Tomlin-Davies with there being less than a second between the two girls. The last event of the session was the Men’s 100m Breaststroke where Matthew Chadwick and Kenji McDade took place, with Kenji just under personal best finishing 10th in Juniors and Matthew Chadwick with a slight personal best.
The next session started off with the hard 200m Butterfly for the girls with Megan Pirrie and Emma Whincup taking part. Both Megan and Emma were just off their personal best. This was followed immediately by the 200m Individual Medley for the Men with Joe continuing his busy weekend. He was just on personal best. Millie Tomlin-Davies showed her ability in the 200m Breaststroke, where she just missed her personal best to finish 16th in the Juniors. Next was Billy Martin in the 1500m Freestyle where he swam really well to finish 3rd in the senior final. Joe then finished the heats off with the 50m Freestyle and was on his Personal Best.
The last event which Maxwell took part in was the final of the 200m Freestyle where Billy was off his heat time earlier in the day to finish 8th. Overall the weekend was a good start to the season with so many swimmers on their personal bests so early on.
The next major event Maxwell swimmers will be looking forward to is Winter Nationals and Commonwealth Trials.