Truro City’s Regional Success
After retaining the Ellis Trophy as top club in Cornwall after the County Swimming Championships in March, Truro City Swimming Club set their sights on the highly competitive South West Regional Summer Championships in May. 21 Truro City swimmers, more than ever before, were delighted to find they had met the tough South West regional qualification times to earn their spot to race the best of the west.
First up was the South West Youth Regional Championships for swimmers aged 15 years and older, held in Plymouth over the first weekend in May. The small but speedy Truro squad did themselves and their club proud. Highlights were 15 year old Jack Rogers who had qualified for multiple events but was crowned Regional Champion for 50m breaststroke having already secured a bronze for his 100m breaststroke. Versatile and talented Associate club member Nicholas Laws also 15 came away with a fistful of championship titles, five in all, for 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, 100m and 200m backstroke with the bonus of a bronze in the grueling 1500m freestyle. More pbs and top swimming came from Euan Dungavel, Oscar Davies, Chris Harris (GB pentathlete), Matt Aldous-
Next two weekends of fast and furious swimming at the SW Age Group Regional Summer Championships for swimmers aged 10 to 14, first at Hengrove Leisure Centre in Bristol, then two weeks later at Millfield School. The Truro squad comprised sixteen determined swimmers from first timers as young as 10 to those with previous regional experience. Whether having qualified to swim in one race or many events all swimmers rose to the challenge and swam brilliantly. Queen of the pool was 14 year old Lily Parsons in her last year of Age Groups who took two fabulous Regional Titles for 200m butterfly and 50m butterfly, and in the exciting 100m butterfly was just touched out into silver. A trio of Truro 12 year olds, Sam Norton, Mikey Pond and Mia Rule raced fantastically to secure their place in the last eight to make Finals. Mikey Pond came 6th in 50m butterfly, 7th in 100m butterfly and 6th in 100m breaststroke. Mia Rule came 7th in the 50m breaststroke, 5th in the 100m breaststroke and 5th in the 200m backstroke. Sam Norton, reigning Regional Breaststroke champion stepped up to the challenge of the new age group changes as one of the youngest to come 7th in the 50m breaststroke and 6th in the 200m breaststroke Finals. PBs a plenty and well done also goes to 10 year old Issy Leigh, 11 year olds Luke Barnsley and Hannah Stephens, 12 year olds Thomas Trebilcock, Aaron Martyn, Roddy Brookes, 13 year olds Vivienne Carveth, Freya Hocking, Tom Parker, Robert Brittle, Tom Leigh and 14 year old Ben Norton.
Truro City Swimming Club is lead by the inspiring expertise of level 4 Head Coach Emily Dart who says about all club members “This season has been one of the most successful to date for the TCSC team and with continued dedication to training both in the pool and on poolside this success should continue to grow. Congratulations to you for everything you have achieved this year.”
Looking to the immediate future Jack Rogers, Nicholas Laws and Lily Parsons now face the excitement of further glory in the stellar event of the swimming calendar the British Swimming Championships to be held in Sheffield this July. Watch this space!
Press Release written by Amanda Barnsley White -