Wycombe sees multiple wins and club records fall

CWSC Membership
02-Dec-2018

There was more successful club representation at the Wycombe L3 meet last weekend from some National Performance swimmers and most of the Regional Performance squad. 

Friday evening saw some swimmers compete in their first ever 800m or 1500m race. The distance events are not only a measure of fitness and work ethic, but also require a level of maturity when racing. Despite the 'first time' anxiety for some, all swimmers had a solid first hit out. The boys 1500m in particular was fantastic to watch with Edward Whittles, Mehmet Zeren, Henry Gray and Lanre Pratt all clocking times which would position them within the top 15 in the Country.

Friday set the tone for what was to be a superb weekend of racing for our swimmers. Matthew Peters was a stand out swimmer of the meet, achieving huge personal bests everytime he got into the water. A testimony to his recent effort in training, it was exciting to watch Matthew back up his races. Matthew's weekend didn't go unnoticed by the meet organisers either, where his FINA points total lead him to winning 2nd overall top boy. Matthews training partners Johnny Rudd and Damjan Kisic executed their race plans really well (especially across their 200s) and had an equally successful weekend. From the NP boys, Juan Miranda consecutively raced best times all weekend. Taking a second off his 100 freestyle best time, Juan had every confidence for his big 50m. Juan broke the 28 second barrier for the first official time in the 50 freestyle. The level of application to deliver a focussed 50 is something Juan is growing in confidence with and maintaining a process lead race instead of an outcome focussed,  

The weekend also saw a club record fall by Veronica Venutti in the 200 butterfly. The 10-11 year old girls club record had stood since 2014. Veronica showed pure grit and determination during the 200 fly, having recently only just got out of the 200 IM. Asking young swimmers to race mutliple races at this point of the season not only builds their character and resilience, but really does give their body and mindset the belief that they can achieve anything they focus on. All swimmers across the weekend were racing a number of events in order to feel this. Swimmers that work to this in NP are Suki Griffiths and Lauren Schaffer - having both swam best times in the 800fc on the Friday night, they then had to stand up on the Saturday morning and race the 400 fc. Again both girls hit best times, a huge effort to turn the body pace around overnight. Suki's success continued with her really applying her focus on her finishes to every race throughout the weekend. A strong finish, not fading finish, is something all swimmers have been working towards. Suki hit this perfectly in her 100 + 200 freestyle and almost finished in the rankings of overall top girl of the meet.

A long weekend, but as always the mindset of the swimmers and committment to delivery was really impressive. A big well done to all and thank you to all parents who helped as technical officials at the meet.