31 March 2014
excelled in the pool, doubling the number of swimmers qualifying
for Age Group Nationals to four this year and had six swimmers
qualify for Youth Nationals as well.
In the Age Groups, Chloe Lence qualified for five individual events and in her best event as a long distance freestyler, 800 Free, she finishes the season ranked 16th in the country. Young Kaelah Lawson, competing at Nationals for the first time this year, qualified in 3 events including a National 1.5km Open Water event where she came 10th overall in her age group.
Kaelah’s older sister Aiyana, swimming the 800 Free and 1.5km Open Water, also displayed a talent for open water swimming finishing 13th at the Rother valley Park event. Paddy Keaveney, hot from competing at the Irish Nationals swam in the 200IM displaying great skills on the fly/back half of the race and finished 25th on the national rankings.
Oliver Maltby , swimming at the Youths for the first time, started the event by smashing two Senior County Records, 50 Back and 100 Fly in setting new personal bests in those events closely followed by Becky Burton breaking the Junior 50 Breast County record and the Senior and Junior 100 Breast County record as well as making the semi finals for the 15/16 age group and finishing 15th nationally.
Hayley Alcock also made the semi finals of the 100 Breast in the 17/18 age group and finished 18th nationally after a great swim. Brandon Nabarro qualified for the semi’s of the 200IM as well as swimming in the 100 Breast and 200 Breast events during the week. Peter Webster and Nicola Pasquire swam well in their respective events, both despite being dogged with injury for most of this season.
Head Coach, Vicky Simpson, said ‘I am delighted with not only the clubs results at Nationals but also our regional and county results earlier this year. Having taken over in January, the swimmers have bought into my coaching ethos and together we have achieved great results. Not one to stand still though, we will be moving forward next season and the swimmers will be working harder than ever hopefully to achieve more in the pool!’ Director of Swimming, Ian Douglas was just as pleased and said ‘It is great to see the swimmers I have coached over the last few years, achieve great results in the pool. The club is going from strength to strength and we are aiming high.