Swimmers SHINE at Hitchin and Guildford

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Last weekend saw an abundance of CWSC swimmers shine bright across London, in both Guildford and Hitchin.

With over 70 up and coming swimmers at the Hitchin meet on the 18th November, coaches were full of praise not only for skills and racing, but camaraderie and team spirit also. Great skills = Great results = Happy swimmers - well done team. 

With many swimmers racing their peers, CWSC showed dominance across the younger age groups. Such depth bodes a fantastic future for the club. Racing your peers in the same heat always brings a new level of competitiveness out of swimmers. Swimmers had to bring a new level of focus on their skills in order to 'out swim' their team mates.

Across the multitude of strong swims and personal bests there were several exceptional performances. Tomas Miranda had a super day, working well with coach John, Tomas took 21 seconds off his 200 fc personal best and implemented the pacing in the event that was asked. Keira Osorio proved that she's been training hard when she medalled in all of her 8 events - 8 events in one day (!) ...over half of those events were swam in personal best times - well done. Personal bests also tumbled for Amelie O'Neill, again Amelie had multiple events and was at the meet all day. To swim so well consecutively is a test and proof of the hard effort Amelie is working to with Drew in training. Frank Ogden showed dominance in his breastroke events, racing well next to Eddie Robinson. Both boys showed maturity in their approach to the 100/200 breaststroke and paced the back half of the races well. 

The above are just a few names, the feedback from the coaches was tremendous, well done to all involved and thank you to the coaches and Hitchin for such a great event.

A select few of the National Performance Squad raced in Guildford this weekend at the Level 2 meet. Swimmers had to attain qualifying times in order to get into this meet, and even then depending on meet subscriptions it wasn't certain swimmers would get the events entered. For so many of the NP swimmers to achieve these times gives a great indication of the strength and future of the squad. It's also a great opportunity for those swimmers to be exposed to a more competitive environment. 

Having just finished a 3 week block of work, which included racing back to back for three weekends in a row (no day off!) swimmers raced smartly, skilfully and superbly! 3 CWSC club records fell to Edward Whittles who, at 12 years old, achieved the 12-13 year old 400 IM/200 fly/100 IM club records. Edward also has started to implement event specific pacing into his swims, displaying great maturity and building blocks for the future. 

Lavinia Ricca also had a smashing weekend hitting back to back races strongly. Another multi eventer, what was impressive was the resilience across any race and event. Focussing on the process to achieve a result, rather than chasing a time proved fruitful for Lavinia who smashed her best times in the 200 IM/100 fly/200 bk/200 brst. Focussing on short course at this time of year, forces the swimmers to emphasise their break out and turn skills. Swimmers from NP have certainly been doing that and it's been great to see. For Lavinia in particular, working on her butterfly skills (taking a personal best of 6 seconds this weekend) will help her 200/400 IM tremendously.

Agnes Van Lanschot continued to apply her race plan on both her 100/200 breaststroke. Agnes continued to put the building blocks in place for around the wall and trying to swim as efficiently as possible with as fewer strokes as possible in the front part of her races. Between London Regions (two weeks ago) and Guildford, Agnes has managed to bring her best times down by 2 seconds on the 100 breastrstroke and 9 seconds on the 200 breaststroke...long may the thought process around how to swim smart continue.

Let's keep moving forward - well done to all involved.