Personal Bests All Round at Short Course Nationals

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Half of the National Performance Squad qualified for this year's short course National Championships. The youngest qualifying age was 16 years and under, the eldest being Open. The young cohort of CW swimmers swam well above their age, qualifying in more than one event.

Sheffield hosted this year's Championships and the 7 swimmers we had qualify were determined to make an impact. Most swimmers had set life time best times in November ahead of this event. To race to personal bests again a month later was superb!

Day 1 saw Jason Mahmutoglu break the Middlesex County Junior Record in his 50 freestyle. At 15 years old, Jason was competing for a place in the 18 years/under final. A little stretch to make it this year, but he certainly moved considerably up the rankings and finished 3rd in his age group. The 50m freestyle was also a CW club record, along with his other 50m swims in the butterfly and backstroke.

Jarvis Parkinson swam through the meet and got sharper with every swim. Finalling in both the 100 freestyle and 50m butterfly, his skills and processes were well exercised and he finished on a great swim in the 50m butterfly final, breaking his own club record. Shaping up nicely to transfer into what will now be the 'long course season'. 

Zoe Musial used the meet as another exposure on the National stage with the ambition to progress into the final. Zoe again was challenged with having to qualify at 15 years old in an 18 years/under final. Zoe had an exciting 50m freestyle heat, setting a personal best and qualifying 5th into the final! The next task was to move it on again. Smashing 26 seconds for the first time and executing her processes and breathing patterns superbly, Zoe had a great final swim lowering her own CW club record.

Pietro Lombardo has been gathering confidence and enjoyment throughout this first cycle of the season. This was evident with his week. Shaving a second off his 100 freestyle and winning his heat showed great commitment and attitude from Pietro when it came to race day. The freestyle swim transferred his confidence into his 50 breaststroke the day after. Pietro broke 30 seconds for the first time, was strong through his pull outs and built his 50m to fnish 4th in his age.

Aryaan Din was definitely excited and ready to race. Remaining calm and confident throughout the meet, Aryaan knew he had built his training towards delivering it all at this competition. A strong second 50 lead to Aryaan racing a huge personal best in his 100 freestyle. Now the clubs second fastest freestyler, Aryaan took this confidence into his 100 IM the next day and came so close to breaking 1 minute for the event! Aryaan solidly moved up the rankings in both events and is now set to delivering similar times long course.

William Rudd remained focussed throughout the week, despite a slight injury impacting his training leading in. Remaining determined, William secured a great 50 fly personal best, commiting to his processes and underwater kick build up.

Edward Whittles, the youngest competitor at the whole event at just 13 years old delivered a personal best in his 400 IM heat swim. Edward moved himself further up the rankings on the best of all time for this event. Edward's mind however is on delivering similar times long course and working on his strengths and weaknesses in training to deliver the perfect race when it matters.


Another week complete for the performance schedule. The group now look to get a solid few weeks of training in before a few days down time at Christmas. Well done.