Performance Swimmers Sign Off 2018/19 Season With A Phenomenal High

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Today marks the end of the official 2018/2019 swimming season for our competitive swimmers. The last two weeks have seen a group of CW Performance swimmers compete against the top swimmers in England and Britain. Two weeks at British and English Nationals carrying expectation, anxiety and adrenaline - every swimmer did a fantastic job in delivering when it mattered, using the environment and stage to bring out their best ever performance. Out of the 20 swims across the two weeks, CW swimmers collated 12 final swims and 5 medals - a HUGE step up compared to the rankings and of course effort.


Josie Surminski:

After a breakthrough season Josie headed to British Nationals qualifying in two events for the first time. Not knowing what to expect and a little nervous about being one of the first CW swimmers to step up and start the competition, Josie held it together in the heat of the 200 breaststroke to qualify 10th into the final. Determined to swim faster between heat and final, Josie stuck to her processes to deliver a faster time and move up the places. A fine example of learning fast and controlling nerves as the competition unfolded. Josie then delivered a big effort in the 100 breaststroke to make the final (seeded 14th) and then swim a personal best time to finish 8th overrall. 

William Rudd:

Piecing his last cycle together in the final weeks due to GCSE commitments, William had two huge swims which saw him move higher than his original ranking. Delivering a lifetime best in the 100 freestyle saw William narrowly miss out on the final of a very competitive field. William's 50 butterfly was one of his fastest swims ever and one which was swam in line with his original ranking.

Zoe Musial:

Continuing to ride the wave of this competitive journey, Zoe did a super job at controlling heat anxiety in order to deliver the result needed to make two finals. The next piece of the puzzle is to manage the pressure of being in one of the central (podium placed) lanes. Swimming longer, stronger and smarter than ever, Zoe looked fantasticly smooth and signed off this season with some exciting details to work on from September.

Lavinia Ricca:

The first time ever in an arena of this size, Lavinia managed any nerves or expectation extremely well. Delivering a solid personal best in the heat and certifying one of the central lanes gave Lavinia the confidence to fight in the final - a superbly structured race, where keeping to her processes under pressure prevailed. Lavinia swam an amazing final and looked superb. In total, Lavinia took off 4 seconds from her entry time to win BRONZE for her age group. A great reward for 3 cycles of work and effort. To swim a best time and achieve a medal at your first National's is an outstanding achievement. 

Aryaan Din:

Another swimmer managing studying for GCSE's as well as training, Aryaan swam his 3rd fastest 100 breaststroke ever. A great effort considering the compromised preparation. Looking smooth and controlled during the first 50, Aryaan's understanding for the event has grown and it's only made him hungrier to get back in and target Nationals next season.

Thomasina Grove:

Having to maintain focus throughout the event whilst all the others were racing, Thomasina's race day finally arrived on the last day. Thomasina secured a place in the final after a personal best in the heats. Off the blocks, sheer class was displayed across her underwater phase, throughout the 50 only breathing twice. The smart and focussed effort lead to Thomasina finishing 6th with a 0.45 second best time, the first time under 30 seconds for 50 butterfly. 

Edward Whittles:

Competing in his first Nationals, a year young (13 in the 13/14 years age group), Edward shone across the 2 weeks. Smashing his personal best times every time he got into the water, Edward qualified for almost every final. Taking 30 seconds off his best time, Edward achieved SILVER in the 1500 freestyle, this was off the back of swimming to BRONZE in the 100 breaststroke. Maintaining momentum all the way through until the last day (yesterday) where he swam a 10 second best time good enough for BRONZE in the 400 freestyle. The first medal Edward won was in his current 'most preferred' event - SILVER in the 400 IM. Receiving compliments from other coaches and NGB staff about the quality of all four of his strokes, this medal is a true reflection for Edward's dedicated effort, application and consistency in training. A first Nationals I'm sure Edward will not forget.


Such an exciting two weeks where every swimmer swam themselves and the club proud. Some well deserved down time before the next season begins. A huge well done and as always a big thank you to all involved in helping our swimmers continue to enjoy their sport.



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