Midland Youth Championships
Great first day at the Midlands Youth Championships. Lots of long course PB’s across the board. Finals for Kane Murcott in the 100 fly and 200 free. Kane finished 2nd in the 100 fly breaking the minute for the first time. Billy Robinson also made his first regional final in the 50 freestyle. Great 4 x 100 freestyle relay for Kane Murcott, Bradley Gordon, Billy Robinson and Ethan Cox. They were the slowest entry but beat 4 other teams smashing their entry time by 4 seconds and they pushed our friends from RWS all the way. All four swimmers recorded long course PB’s. Ben Wells, Sadie Turner and Megan Bond were also in action today all three having some fantastic swims. Also congratulations to Laura Hawkins making the 200 and 50 breaststroke finals. Laura came away with a silver medal in the 50 breaststroke.
Day 2 at the Midland Youth Championships saw some more great swims. Matt Holland had a much better day today recording a Pb in the 200 I.M and a gutsy performance in the 50 open fly finishing a very respectable 14th out of nearly 50 swimmers. Jess Banks was also competing today and started in fine form with a Pb in the 50 back. Ranked as the slowest competitor she blasted her way through the heat and was 1st reserve for the final. She then swam the 400 I.M where she turned 1st after the backstroke, unfortunately the breaststroke that helped her gain the regional time deserted her today and she finished outside her Pb. Undetered she went out all guns blazing on the 200 back equaling the time she swam at easter and making the regional final in the process. In the final she improved by one place hitting the same time again. Sadie and Megan were also in action both swimming well in the 50 back and 50 free. Sadie recorded another Pb in the free finishing a fantastic 14th in the open age group. Billy Robinson was also swimming today in the 100 free where he recorded yet another Pb just missing out on the final. Finally Kane continued with his fantastic form making the Final of the 200 I.M, 200 fly, 100 free and 50 fly. He stormed to victory in the 200 fly winning by several body lengths and bringing home the gold. Four finals proved a little too much with only short rest intervals in between and he finished just outside the medals in the other events. Although he did Pb on the 50 fly finishing 4th in the final where the British age group record was broken indicating the standard of the opposition.
Congratulations also has to go to Laura Hawkins who brought home another silver in the 100 breaststroke.
Fantastic weekend with some fantastic swims by fantastic swimmers. I am so proud to be your coach.