Truro Swimmers enjoy successful Jersey Swim Camp and Tigers Meet
Truro City Swimming Club has recently returned from their annual pilgrimage to Jersey. This year a squad from team Truro enjoyed a different format with an extended six day long weekend training camp; which incorporated both pool and land training, testing and increasing the swimmers fitness early in the swim race calendar; with plenty of additional organised sporting and social activities to keep the squad busy and entertained. The fierce and fast combined Level 2 (Regional) and Level 3 (County) Walkers Jersey Tigers Open Meet held at the Les Quennevais Sports Centre in St Brelade provided the swimmers with a great competitive opportunity.
Held over 3 days this meet has been an important part of the clubs gala programme for a number of years, providing an early opportunity to record both county and regional qualifying times. The squad of 22, of which the vast majority where experiencing this meet for the first time, made up from the clubs junior performance, intermediate and senior squads benefitted greatly and maximised their efforts to place competitive times across the age groups and gender; subsequently the team delivered an impressive 70 medals (20 golds, 18 silver and 32 bronze) 132 personal best times (70% ratio), 1 new meet record also achieving 126 County QT’s and numerous Regional QT’s along the way.
The exciting finale to the meet is the ‘splash and dash for cash’ skins sprint open competition. The event format runs by taking the top 8 swimmers who have amassed the most FINA points over the 3 days within the age groups into a random 4 round 50m sprint elimination competition. The stroke draw takes place immediately before each round so individual favourite strokes are luck of the draw, a whistle is blown 10 seconds before the start beep and it is the swimmers individual responsibility to stand on the blocks late or early anticipating the beep that comes without warning when the 10 seconds are up. Each round is sent away with the last 2 swimmers to finish eliminated until only the final 2 remain to swim for glory. Truro City where delighted to have three swimmers qualify in their respective age groups with county swimmer Charlie Haynes making the grade for the Senior Skins; with fellow county swimmer and clubs Vice Captain Jack Rogers and club stalwart Euan Dungavel showing his good current form by qualifying for the Junior Skins.
Jack and Euan where very competitive, against tough older more experienced opposition. Euan coming in a very creditable sixth, with Jack stepping up to the mark to secure a brilliant second in the final eliminator, a great achievement by both. In the Senior Skins Charlie called on all his previous ‘skins’ experience and regional/national form; that broke the long standing meet 200 metre freestyle record earlier in the weekend, to put in some great swims securing victory and taking home the cash.
Head Coach Emily Dart was delighted with the squads performance “An amazing busy but fun training camp, these swimmers trained really hard and conducted themselves admirably both in and out of the pool, their performance against some tough competition exceeded my expectations, with all squad members posting numerous PB’s this early in the swim calendar, but most importantly they all made new friends and done themselves and Truro City proud. Focus now turns to the forthcoming final rounds of The Arena National League’s and clubs annual distance championships, with Kernow Diddy League, Bodmin Open and the clubs development gala for the clubs younger members; the swim calendar starts to gather a pace.
Truro Jersey Squad Members: Jenna Tremayne, Vivienne Carveth, Tanni Smitham, Amelia and Eloise Ireland, Mia Rule, Jodie Kotenko, Freya Hocking, Thomas Trebilcock, Roddy Brookes, Oscar Davies, Ben and Tom Parker, Ben and Sam Norton, Euan Dungavel, Jack Rogers, Quinn Clapton, Robert Brittle, Mikey Pond, Tom Barton and Charlie Haynes.
The club would like to thank all coaches, chaperones and officials who helped make this camp a success, with the greatest gratitude to Sara Norton for all her hard work and efforts in organising this camp.
Results per event and level for Truro squad are promulgated on gala board.