21st June 2014
TRURO CITY YOUNGSTERS COMPETE AT ANNUAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Truro City Swimming Club's squad of seven age group qualifiers had very busy but productive weekends competing at the annual ASA Southwest Regional Age Group Swimming Championships held over consecutive weekends at Millfield and Horefield.
The championship matches the best swimmers from across the South and West of England for a chance of glory against each other in a 50m long course swimming pool. Achieving a qualification time and gaining entry into this highly competitive gala is a great achievement on its own. Truro City Swimming Club’s younger age group swimmers continue to develop well. Head Coach Emily Dart and her team of coaches training regimes seem to be paying off; showing great commitment and dedication five members made qualification for the first time.
In the Boys 10/11 Year Old age group category both Mickey Pond and Sam Norton competed in the 200 and 100 metre breaststroke in their first regionals. Day one had Mickey swimming very well and competitive in his 200 metre breaststroke clocking 3.20.23 to finish 15th. Sam, a specialist breaststroker was always going to be in the mix, he did not disappoint making the final of the 200 metre race fastest in 3.08.22. In the finals Sam upped his game and put in great performances to come home first and regional champion in 3.03.64. Day two had Sam returning to compete in the 200 metre IM, Sam finished in 2.54.40 to secure 14th. Day four had Mickey and Sam back in the pool for the 100 metre breaststroke event. First up Mickey put in another solid performance to come home 14th overall in 1.43.42. Sam dominated with another focus performance, swimming effectively in the heats he qualified fastest in 1.26.05, going quicker in the final, clocking 1.23.90 to become double regional champion.
In the Girls 10/11 Year Old age group category Mia Rule was also competing in her first regionals. Day two had Mia swimming in the 200 metre breaststroke. Mia did not let team Truro down, competitive in her heat she clocked 3.21.12 to finish 23rd overall.
In the Boys 12 Year Old age group category Truro had Tom Leigh returning for his third regional championships. Day two saw Tom swim in the 200 metre IM securing a 22nd overall finish in 2.50.50. Day three had Tom competing in his more favoured backstroke. A strong swim from Tom had him clock a 1.17.85 to finish 21st overall. Day four had Tom back to compete in the 200 metre backstroke, a 2.44.06 giving Tom a creditable 16th place.
In the Girls 13 Year Old age group category the club was well represented by Jodie Kotenko. Taking on the gruelling 400 metre IM during the final fourth day, Jodie finished in a respectable 6.05.73 giving her 36th overall.
In the Boys 14 Year Old age group category saw club stalwart and county swimmer Jack Rogers compete in the 100 and 200 metre breaststroke at his first regionals. Day one in the 200 metre event Jack put in a solid performance to finish in 2.50.57 leading to a very creditable 14th place overall. During the fourth and final day in the 100 metre event Jack upped his game; a multiple county age group champion and junior finalist in this event Jack was always going to be highly competitive, he did not disappoint. Putting in an awesome swim Jack qualified for the final in a cracking 1.15.28. Unfortunately Jack could not improve on that time in the final, however; secured an 8th. Also in the 14 Year Old age group team Truro had current member Nicholas Laws competing in his home pool for Millfield School. County swimmer and champion Nicholas had an outstanding championship. Over the four days Nicholas amassed an impressive four national qualifying times, gaining two golds, a silver and a bronze along the way.
Everyone at the club is extremely proud of these swimmers achievements this year; all have worked hard and deserve the rewards.