CHELSEA & WESTMINSTER + MILLFIELD INTERNATIONAL OPEN MEET REPORT

Barry Alldrick

CHELSEA & WESTMINSTER + MILLFIELD INTERNATIONAL OPEN MEET REPORT

21st – 23rd OCTOBER 2023

 

There was an exciting wealth of National and International talent on-show at the Chelsea & Westminster + Millfield International Open meet. Just some of the noteworthy athletes who raced were Jacob Peters, Kieran Bird, Cameron Brooker, Ed Mildred, Matthew Ward, Emily Large, Edward Marcal Whittles, Nick Finch and Jonathan Adam.

For most of our swimmers, this meet provided a chance to experience a high level short course meet at the start of the 2023/2024 season. It also gave our top swimmers the experience of racing in A or B finals which ran exclusively each evening. The meet also offered an opportunity to educate our swimmers on racing in a range of events.

The team stayed at Millfield enjoying the catering and the relaxing setting of a boarding house, to go to between heats and finals

 

Medal table

4 x Gold

7 x Silver

22 x Bronze

 

Medallists

In the 10-year age group, Polina K put in some fine performances to win a silver medal in the 200m Butterfly. Her sister Daria showed her endurance and pacing skills in winning gold in the 12-year girls 1500m Freestyle event. Poppy C also had a great weekend as she won 2 golds, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals in the 12-year age group.

In the 13-year age group, Damian F-K followed up last season’s success as he won 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals. Teammate Jack P put in some notable performances to claim 3 bronze medals. Jack’s time of 2:06.72 in the 200m Freestyle was particularly impressive at the start of the season. 14-year-old Erin M made some notable improvements all round by winning silver in the 100m Individual Medley and bronze in the 50m Backstroke, also becoming a Hot Heat Winner. 

 

Leo W performed well following injury with an accomplished swim in the 14-year 50m Freestyle where he claimed a bronze medal.Cody C won bronze medals in the 15-year-old 100m and 200m Backstroke events. Cody also swam brilliantly in the 50m Freestyle swimming 25.02 and came within a fingertip of achieving a Swim England Winter National qualifying time. In the girl's events Jessica H won two bronze medals in the 50m and 100m Butterfly events and B final placings. Freya C achieved her first Swim England Winter National qualifying time with a super swim in the 50m Backstroke taking 3rd place in the process and a place in the B final.

 

Halle H shone in the girl's 16-year age group as she won 1 silver and 4 bronze medals along with A and B final placings.  Halle went on to earn a Dorset Senior & Junior and Club Senior & Junior Record in 100m Back.  Halle also earned a Dorset Junior and Senior Record in 50m Backstroke too.

Freddie B swam exceptionally well in the 50m Breaststroke to claim a place in the B final on Saturday evening. Fellow Breaststroke swimmer Frank C’s time of 31.20 in the 50m Breaststroke was good enough to earn him a Winter National qualifying time.  Tilly M claimed a bronze medal for herself in the 17-year age group 200m Butterfly and a B final place. Aimie Q also impressed as she gained silver medals in the 200m Backstroke and 400m Individual Medley. Aimie also bagged herself another Winter National qualifying time in the 400m Individual Medley.  

 

A & B Finalists

Freddie B did well to secure a place in both the 50m and 100m Breaststroke B finals. He also made the B final in the 400m Individual Medley. Freddie is to be congratulated on setting a new Club Junior Short Course record in the 50m Breaststroke event with a time 0f 30.58. Ollie J stepped up in his two B finals to win both the 100m Individual Medley and the 200m Breaststroke events. Ollie’s time in the 100m Individual Medley earned a Winter National qualifying time. He also broke the 200m Breaststroke Senior Club record he set earlier in the year and earned the Dorset Senior/ Club Senior Record in 100m Breaststroke.  

Senior Girls Captain Betsy V swam superbly across the three days of racing. She made two A finals finishing 6th and 7th in a highly competitive field. She also made four B finals finishing in 2nd place, 5th place, 6th place and 6th place. Freya C swam a good 50m Backstroke finishing in 5th place in the B final. Jessica H stepped up to finish 2nd in the 50m Butterfly and 3rd in the 100m Butterfly events. Tilly M also did well to place 5th in the B final 200m Butterfly. Halle H’s performances in her A finals were exceptional as she set both Club and County Records in the 100m Backstroke and 50m Freestyle finishing in 2nd place and 5th place respectively. Halle also won the 50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly B finals and came 4th in the 100m Individual Medley. Halle’s time of 1:07.29 in the 100m Individual Medley 1:07.29 added another Winter National qualifying time to the ones she already had set for herself.

All in all, this was a hugely successful meet for the 29 swimmers who travelled up to Millfield. There were some good results, and we had a commendable PB rate from all our swimmers. As well as those swimmers already mentioned, swimmers who stood out or swam short course PB’s included: Alex C (100 Butterfly); Ollie D (400m Individual Medley); Arron H (400m Freestyle); Max L (200m Backstroke); Jamie M (200m Backstroke); Luca S (50m Backstroke); Poppy B (50m Butterfly); Ellie C (200m Backstroke; 50m Freestyle); Lilly L (50m Backstroke); Lottie V (50m Breaststroke).

 

 

Thanks go to our Team Managers Steve H, Tracey C and Rona M who did so much to support the swimmers. We also extend special thanks to Bev B for her unstinting commitment to a large contingent of swimmers. Bev did so much work in planning and organising such a successful meeting for us.

 

Lead coaches Barry and Jan were keen to bring the “A” Squad together for this 3-day event and being able to stay onsite in one of the boarding houses at Millfield School worked extremely well. Our sincere thanks go to the hosts from Chelsea and Westminster SC for running such a quality meet. The team camaraderie was terrific, and we were thrilled to be complemented by other clubs for displaying such a great team spirit.

 

Barry & Jan

Senior Coaches

Poole Swimming Club