Swimmers Challenge Early National Rankings at Youth Champs

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Last weekend saw the clubs Youths conquer a HUGE milestone of dominance at the Middlesex County Championships. Swimming a class above most neighbouring clubs, the young swimmers swam themselves and the club extremely proud - well done all.

Having spent the last 4 months of the winter cycle refining their skills and developing a suitable background of work for the rest of the year, the competition was seen as a good first 'hit out' of long course racing. The expectation was that the swimmers (in hard work) would race raw and into the unknown making the transfer from swimming short course to long course. The results were extremely positive - not only time and podium place wise with every swimmer hitting seconds off their personal bests, but aesthetically also. The swimmers were racing smart, discussing race implementation and technical points rather than chasing times. With this approach, their best times fell off the scale.  

A number of swimmers hit final and podium places, signifying the clubs status and depth. Coach nominated stand out swimmers were:

Josie Surminski racing her way into the top ten in the Country for 100/200m breaststroke, smashing her best time by 20 seconds! Josie has been working hard all season to understand some technical changes to her stroke and mature with her training approach - it was good to see this focus start to be rewarded. Josie won the 100/200 breaststroke and came third in the 50m.

Agnes Van Lanschot close on the heels of Josie raced to a personal best of 7 seconds on her 200m breaststroke and 3 seconds on her 100m breaststroke. Composing herself between heat and finals was a great challenge for Agnes and one that she delivered on. Agnes finished on the podium for both events, collecting bronze for both.

Aryaan Din had a super series of racing, covering 15 events across the weekend - a first for Aryaan who rose to the challenge. Amongst his many races, Aryaan was able to step up and swim faster between heat and final, recording some super personal best times. Most noticeably his 50/100m freestyle. Breaking the 26 second and 60 second barrier for the first time, Aryaan is now in the realm of 25 seconds for 50m freestyle and 57 seconds for 100m.

Suki Griffiths added to the final totals and personal best tally also. Particular stand outs were the 50m freestyle where Suki didn't breathe the last 25m (!) into the wall and the 100m freestyle.

Adrien Durantel hit his first Youth Champs in style fnishing on the podium twice in the 50m and 100m backstroke. What was impressive with Adrien was his ability to transfer suggested corrections from the heat swim into the final. For both finals Adrien went in outside of the medal chances, however slight technical adjustments lead to him collectng bronze in both events. 


A BIG step in the right direction for the swimmers, especially so early on in the long course season. A HUGE statement for the continuing performance momentum of the club - well done to all involved.


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