Truro City Swimmers make a splash at the Western Counties ASA Youth Championships ...
1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th May
The ASA South West Region Youth Championships, held last weekend in the 50 metre pool at Millfield, is the one time of the year when the best of the West (from Swindon and Gloucester to Penzance) have an opportunity to compete against each other. 49 clubs were represented, from the mighty Plymouth Leander (National Speedo League Champions of England & Wales 2009 & 2008) to our local Cornish clubs. Qualifying times are tough – this is just one step below the Nationals – and Cornish swimmers inevitably suffer the disadvantage of not having a 50 metre pool to train in. This year coach Jane Deards took 9 qualifying swimmers from Truro City Swimming Club.
Outstanding performances of the 3 day event came from Kay de Courcy and Jack Middleton. Kay (swimming at the bottom of the 14/15 year age group) managed to add two National qualifying times to her tremendous achievements this year – she qualified in the 50 metre freestyle (28.62) and the 200 metre Individual Medley with a truly inspiring swim in which she came 4 in her age group in a time of :29.57, beating the age group Cornish County record set by Olympic swimmer Cassie Patten. She qualified for finals in the 50m freestyle, 200m IM, 400m IM and 200 metre breast stroke -
The only medals for Truro in the championships went to Jack Middleton who snatched bronze in the 800 metre freestyle in an exciting and nail-
Young competitors Amelia Grigg and Luke Hollis are not old enough to compete in the finals of the events but they were allowed to enter because of their outstanding qualifying times. Both swimmers performed well over the weekend with Amelia coming 4 in the 13 years and under breaststroke in the magnificent time of 2:21.93 and Luke first in the 14 years and under age group in the 200 metre back stroke in a sensational time of 2:27.56.
Luke also came second in the 100 metre back stroke in a time of 1.08.21. Next year these two will be old enough to swim in all the races and qualify for the finals.
Mesha Wardman qualified in an impressive five events; she competed on each day of the long weekend and, saving her best until last, finished with an excellent 50 metre backstroke in a time of 34.48.
James Davis and Charlie Middleton, (both swimming at the bottom of the open age group) swam 2 polished and confident swims each. James showed himself to be a potentially excellent distance swimmer, swimming the 200 and 400 metre freestyle for the first time in a 50 metre pool. Both swims were well paced and strong and he was the fastest of all the swimmers from Cornwall in the 400 metres. Charlie swam the 50 and 100 metre back stroke, using his explosive back stroke start in each race to superb effect.
Jenny de Courcy and Nicola Russell travelled to Millfield to swim one race each : Jenny swam the 100 metre butterfly with her usual style and elegance and Nicky put in a strong and determined performance to achieve a time of 2:44.96 in the 200 metre back stroke.
This was a long and challenging weekend -
Good luck to everyone swimming in the Age Groups later this month!
(Photographs coutsey of Julian de Courcy)
For the complete results click HERE