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Level X

With our Level X well under way, I am delighted with how well the swimmers have been performing after so much time in ‘lock down’. The swimmers have all come back keen to get back in the water and Level X has been a great way to get everyone back into competitions in a home environment. With each Level X session, I can see swimmers improving their race technique and growing in confidence. We understand that with pools opening up so slowly, it has been a difficult time for all concerned, but the consistency of having such a good turnout of swimmers in training, has meant that the coaches have been able to track the swimmers progress since returning to the pool. We really appreciate the hard work and extra time and effort of the committee, all the volunteers and PCLOs to get training, Level X and all other club matters back up and running. 

The coaches and I have been really pleased with the progress we have seen right from the start of being back in the water and wish to commend all the swimmers for their perseverance and dedication during these uncertain times.

Regardless of the results, swimmers should understand that at the heart of it, Level X is about getting back into the swing of competing again after such a long time away. Great results take effort and consistency over a long period of time and this is just the start of it!

We look forward to completing the Level X events in the next few weeks.

Club Records and British Masters Records broken at Level X!

Congratulations to the following swimmers who have broken club records at Level X over recent weeks:

Sophie King (15) broke the 50m and 100m breaststroke in the U16/U18 and Open category in a time of 34.37s and 1:12.66 respectively.

Hendrik van der Leest (17) also broke two records: the U18 100m butterfly in a time of 57.87s and U18 and Open age 200m freestyle in a time of 1:54.47.  

Our Masters swimmers were also in fine form with both Alex Smith and David Bryant ‘breaking’ British Masters records at the weekend. Whilst these records will not stand (as electronic timing is required) a great achievement to have achieved the following times:

Alex Smith –‘broke’ the 30-34 age group 50m freestyle in a time of 22.62s

David Bryant – ‘’broke’ the 60-64 age group British Masters Record in a time of 2:33.18

A reminder that Level X results can all be accessed on the national swimming database: Swimming Results - Level X

National Arena Junior Swimming League 2021

Alongside Level X, some of our swimmers have had the chance to swim in the virtual National Arena Junior Swimming League. After the first round Woking Swimming Club sits in 8th place nationally. We've Round 2 on 20th June and Round 3 coming in July to look forward to; with plans for the top 8 clubs to be invited to a face to face finals event in September. More details can be found here: National Arena Junior Swimming League