07 October 2018
The Annual County Team Championships took place on Sunday 7th October with the Middlesex County Team maintaining their 7th place finish from 2017.
38 team from across the UK take part in what is now one of the best events of the swimming calendar. The event takes place in two short course (25m) pools at the same time in Sheffield’s Ponds Forge – one for Division 1 races, the other for Division 2.
Individual events are contested over three age groups – 12/13 Yrs, 14/15 Yrs and 16/17 Yrs. There are 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke events for each age group with one swimmer competing from each county. There are also 4x50m Medley Relays held for each age group and one Mixed 6x50m Freestyle Relay. The mixed relay consisting of teams made up of one boy and one girl from each age group
The weekend got off to a tricky start with a crash on the M1 delaying us for a number of hours and meaning that we missed our regular training session at Loughborough. Despite this, the team arrived in good spirit and after dinner managed our compulsory team quiz.
Racing commenced on Sunday with many of the team swimming huge PBs and make considerable improvements to their entry ranking. What was more impressive was that many of the team were swimming at the bottom of the age group. Out of the 24 individual races, 16 were PBs, an excellent return considering how early in the season we are.
The full results can be found here
A special thank you to our coaches Bram and Helen along with Team Managers Karin and Marianna who were fantastic throughout the weekend.