10 May 2018
A phenomenal and club best total of 64 swimmers from Poole Swimming Club - 34 boys and 30 girls - qualified for the South West Summer Regionals and the first weekend would commence in the sunny ocean city of Plymouth for the youth aged athletes aged 15+. The final session on Bank Holiday Monday would see age group swimmers aged 11-14 join in the 800m Free event.
Swimmers from PSC attending the Youth Championships were Kath B, Luke C, Louis C, Ollie C, Jack C, Ben C, Kieran D, Ollie F, Teagan MG, Holly H, Izzy H, Jasmine M, Ella M, Gray O, Thea O'K, Liam O, Abbie Q, Jess R, Jaz W, Kelvin W and Ollie W. Age Group swimmers in the 800m free were Finley C, Ollie G, Molly G, Robbie H, Max L, Ryan O, Carter S and Claire S.
Over the weekend, the athletes had an impressive 66% PB rate (90/137 races) including PBs set from heats to finals and a massive 67% season best rate (92/137 races). Indeed, in the 800m free, there was a 100% PB rate in all ages, with the Age Group swimmers gaining 4 of the medals and all athletes finishing in the top 10. In total, there were 23 PSC medal wins:
- 8 Gold Medals
- 5 Silver Medals
- 10 Bronze Medals
And multiple records - Dorset and Club records - broken....
Particularly notable performances came from Ollie F who won 5 Golds (50m, 100m & 200m back; 200IM; 400IM) as well as breaking 4 Dorset Junior Records (15 & Under) in the 200IM (broken twice in the heat and the final), 100 back (broke twice in first leg of relay and individual final) and he was just 200ths of a second shy of the 200m back mark! To top this off, seven times, he broke PSC Senior Club Records and also seven times, he broke PSC Junior (15 & under) Records.
Both Ollie F and Thea O'K (who won a Gold Medal and broke a PSC Senior Club Record in the 800m Free and secured a Silver in the 200 Free as well as a Bronze in the 400m Free) were both the outright Senior Youth South West Champions (across all ages).
In addition, Ollie W, achieving a PB in the 100m breaststroke, broke a PSC Senior Club Record, while Izzy H, also with a PB in the 200m breastroke, broke a PSC Junior Club (15 & under) Club Record. Ben C, too, broke a PSC Junior Club (15 & under) Club Record in the 800m free in addition to winning a bronze medal.
Other Youth medallists included Teagan MG (bronze - 800m free), Izzy H (bronze - 400 IM), Jasmine M (silver - 50 fly, 200IM; bronze - 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly), Ella M (bronze - 50 fly) together with both the Girls & Boys 4x200m relays claiming bronze.
Meanwhile, age groupers, Max L and Claire S stormed to first place in the 800m free, with Robbie H and Ryan O securing silver!
Coach Barry commented "We had a brilliant meet this weekend. I was pleased as we had spent a lot of time in the detail of planning for this. For most, it was a target meet - they had planned Swim Downs and Warm Ups, Race Plans and Nutrition, which was generally very good. Some of the boys were a bit patchy with shaving down! The swimmers got on with each other brilliantly well and pulled through for each other".
Our thanks, as usual, go to all of the coaches, officials and supporters. We had a poolside team of Coaches Becky, Sam and for the 800m Free, Annie, with the fantastic Annabel as Team Manager.
We were also privileged to have Natalie Dobson with us as a Performance Coach to observe the atheletes' behaviours, emotions and mind-set. Natalie has been working with our swimmers on the use of being aware and utilising "super strengths". A workshop and meetings were held to guide our athletes in identifying their super strengths prior to the competition. Natalie did an amazing job of being available for swimmers and help managing and developing their mindset. She was unbelievably helpful and instrumental in keeping energy flowing throughout the meet and also offering advice to coaches on potential opportunities to give and shape feedback more effectively.
And, rather outnumbered by the female team, was Coach Barry - which, in his words "probably made me look more organised than normal and made for such an enjoyable and positive weekend". We appreciate the help given by parents with officiating, marshalling and managing the meet (including to Joe O'Keefe for announcing all weekend and Amanda Fairman for organising a meal for 18 of the athletes on the first night of the competition).
For a copy of the Daily Echo article on the first weekend of South West Summer Regional Championships 2018: http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/sport/swimming/16215209.Duo_break_Dorset_junior_records_at_South_West_Youth_Championship/