Age Group Regionals 2015 - Truro Swim Club

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Age Group Regionals 2015

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Truro City youngsters hold their own at the annual Southwest Age Group Regional Swimming Championships.

Team Truro were particularly well represented at this year’s regional Age Group Championships held over long course during two busy weekends of competition in May. Team Truro travelled to the Hengrove Pool in Bristol for the first weekend of competing, returning a fortnight later to test themselves at Millfield School.

After a highly successful Junior Inter Club and Cornwall County Championships; where Truro came out on top in both earlier in the year, and through continued hard work, commitment and effort from these young members an amazing 19 swimmers from the Junior Performance/Intermediate squads made the tough qualification by obtaining regional qualifying times and/or consideration times; a great achievement on its own and a massive WELL DONE to them all. 16 of these swimmers made the final grade to test themselves and a chance of glory against the best from the West and Southwest at the next level in this year’s regional championships.

In the 11/12 year old age group the club was particularly very well represented. In the male events Luke Barnsley a backstroke and breaststroke specialist, competing in his first regional’s continued his excellent form shown at counties and swam hard and competitively during a busy couple of meets in 9 events; 50, 100 and 200 back, 100 and 200 freestyle, 50, 100 and 200 breast and 200 IM. Another tasting regional competition for the first was Aaron Martyn. Aaron always gives 100 percent and this meet was no different swimming a great 50 back, 100, 200 and 400 freestyle.  Thomas Trebilcock another swimming at this higher level for the first time and always a great clubman and popular team member swam effectively over all the disciplines, putting in some great swims during a busy schedule in the 100 and 200 breast, 50 and 100 fly, 100,200 freestyle and the 200 and gruelling 400 IM. Final male was Mikey Pond returning for his second regionals. Mikey’s times and form was good coming into these championships, hopes were high, he did not disappoint.  7 events for Mikey; swimming hard in the 50 and 100 freestyle, 50 and 200 breast. Effective and disciplined swimming had Mikey make the grade for the finals in his favoured events; 6th in 50 fly, 7th in 100 fly and finally 6th in 100 breast. To make one regional final is an amazing achievement to make three is outstanding! Great stuff.

Not to be out done the girls in this age group followed suit with some amazing and highly competitive and effective swimming. Swimming at her first regionals was the club’s own ‘pocket rocket’ and youngest member of team Truro at these champs Isabelle Leigh. Isabelle continues to show her great potential and swam a good race in the 50 breast and 200 IM. Another newbie was Hannah Stephens, another; like so many at the club, is a breaststroke specialist. Hannah has made great progress this year, this was evident by her making the grade and swimming a great race in the 100 breast. Returning for her second year of regional competition was Mia Rule. Mia’s hard work and continued commitment came to fruition. 4 races and 3 finals over one weekend.  A good swim in the 200 IM, with calculated and competent swimming resulting in Mia making finals for the 50 breast (7th), 100 breast (5th) and 200 back (5th).  Another member making the top grade in the region, great achievement Mia!

Our strong 13 year old age group was well represented. In the male events Tom Parker our splash and dash specialist continues to improve, develop and become stronger. Swimming at regionals for his first time Tom put in a great performance against tough competition in the 50 back, fly and freestyle. Also cutting his teeth at this level was Robert Brittle, like Tom seems to have been living in a grow bag for these past twelve years has improved his strength, ability and technique. Robert was highly competitive against strong competition in the 50, 100, 200 and 400 freestyle, 50 fly and 50 back. Another newbie to regionals was Roddy Brookes. Roddy another who always gives 100 percent for team Truro and continues to improve swam hard in the 50 back event. Last year’s double regional champion Sam Norton was back to defend his titles. Sam had a busy couple of weekends gaining qualification in 10 events. One of the youngest in his age group due to the age at end of year specification Sam swam his hard and best, highly competitive in all his races the 50, 200 back, 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, 50 fly and 200 IM. A breaststroke specialist Sam was always going to be in the mix in his favoured events. Sam was an agonising 9th qualifier in the 100 breast just missing out on the final. Sam went better in the 50 and 200 breast, swimming superbly to make the grade and finals, coming out 7th and 6th respectively. More regional finals for Sam and team Truro, well done young man.

Some of our strong 13 year old girl’s age group also made the grade with two popular club members competing at their first regional championships. Freya Hocking has made excellent progress this year, improving technique and building stamina, she is always highly competitive over a splash and dash and was delighted to compete at the higher level in the 50 fly. Likewise Vivienne Carveth who is always in the mix in her favourite stroke breaststroke. Vivienne swam a good race and put in a creditable performance in the 50 breast, great stuff ladies.
Finally the oldest 14 year old age group and two young men mixing in the regional age groups for the last time; junior’s for them next year. Tom Leigh returning for his third regionals, impressive stuff to continually make the grade. As always did himself credit in the 50 back. Ben Norton has had a great season, made huge progress to taste regional level comp for the first time. Like younger brother Sam a favourable breaststroker Ben swam well in the 50, 100 and 200 breast, also the 50 back.

Other club members were also swimming hard and competing at this year’s championship. Truro swimmer 14 year old Lilly Parsons who was competing for the Plymouth Leander club, of which she is an associate member had a great championships. An experienced regional swimmer Lilly swam effectively and put in some amazing performance to make many finals and come away as double regional champion in her favourite stroke fly at her last age groups, great stuff Lily.

Ultimately this success is mainly down to the individual, however much hard work goes on in the background for these members to participate and be competitive at this level. Many thanks and special mention must go to our Head Coach Emily and her team of coaches who are always so supportive; their guidance, wisdom and experience if so beneficial to all. Team Mangers, committee members and helpers who give up time to help officiate, and of course parents, without all of their support there would be not team Truro.

WELL DONE to all involved!!!!

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