Wycombe's Premier Meet Wins Praise

Simon Shaw

Wycombe Premier Meet 2019

Over the weekend of the 22-24th March 100s of the top swimmers in the country descended on Wycombe Leisure Centre for the Wycombe District Swimming Club's fourth annual Premier Meet.  The meet marks the start of the qualification period (window) for National Championships and swimmers from all across the UK travelled to Wycombe keen to post qualifying times.

The meet had been extremely popular with 7000 applications for 3000 swims. The fastest swimmers were selected based on Swim England's rules for this type of competition and sadly many swimmers had to miss out including a good number of Wycombe swimmers. Fortunately that didn't stop many Wycombe members getting involved and it was great to see some of the senior swimmers involved in announcing and operating the complex timing equipment.

The swimming on show was top quality; the weekend opened with a new course record for the Open 800 freestyle of 8:51.61 set by Michaella Glenister of Leicester Sharks. Competition remained strong throughout the meet, Sophie Yendell of City of Derby set a new record for the 17 years 50 free and was within 3 100ths of the course record.

Wycombe swimmers were involved from start to finish with key swims coming from Millie Sansome on the 400 Free; dropping her 2 year old PB down by 3 seconds to a 4:18.00, resulting in her being the 2nd fastest 18 year old in the UK at this distance so far this year. Other top swims came from Jemima Hall in the 200 Free, Josh Williams in the 400 Free and Tom Sansome in the 1500 Free and 200 Fly. Ella Dyson stepped up to gain another British Trials qualifying time in the 400 Free, adding to her other two events.

The event was a great event for the Wycombe Swimmers to "prep" before their target meet in 3 weeks' time at the British Championships and/or the Portsmouth Level 1 meet. Following on from this Wycombe meet and the up and coming target meets we'll expect swimmers to have achieved good ranking positions for invitation to the Summer Championships. Well done to the whole team that competed over the weekend.

Competition results are posted on the results section of this website and will shortly be uploaded to British Swimming Rankings.

The top visiting club award was won by City of Birmingham Swimming Club after a very strong showing throughout.

The event is hosted at the state of the art 50m competition pool in High Wycombe which is home to the Club's main training programme.  The meet was run entirely by the volunteer members of the club, who put in considerable efforts before, during and after the competition. Many members and a considerable number of ex-members and other volunteers from the swimming community were present throughout the weekend to officate, co-ordinate operations and ensure the weekend ran smoothly. 

Feedback from other clubs has been extreamly possitive once again meaning that the Wycombe Premier Meet should remain a firm favouite within the swimming community for years to come. Here are a few example of the feedback from far and wide. A big thank you to all who helped out.

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