Well done to all those swimmers at the Mercian League on Saturday night at Tamworth, great effort all round!
1st Lichfield 233
2nd Stratford 213
3rd Northgate 184
4th Bromsgrove 167
5th Nuneaton 148
6th Tamworth 98
Thank you to all the help on poolside from Yvonne, Alison, Ali, and Josh; and also our officials Helen Evans, Mark Willis and Debbie Brocklebank. A special mention of thanks to our fantastic transportation logistics team of Graham and Julie who got us there and back!
Big shout for Ysabelle and Hannah who won all of their individual races and the Open Age group Girls relay won both relays as well.
A very successful meet yesterday in High Wycombe. A fab new 50m pool in a great location proved a hit with swimmers and parents. Some fantastic PB's set, Medals, MDQT's and Club Records achieved.
Thank you to our coaches Kim, Chloe & Yvonne for their time and support, plus Julie Cox and Catherine Penny as officials on the day.
Well done to all the swimmers and thank you for the support of the parents & grandparents on the balcony.
A big thank you to all the swimmers, parents, officials and coaches who turned up swam, supported, officiated and organised the team on Saturday. It was very close all the way through the gala, we finished a credible equal third and were it not for a couple of unlucky DQ’s would have been close to City of Coventry in 2nd.
Sharks gained a total of six first places including individual wins for Leah Bowen in the backstroke and freestyle events. Isla Hirst and Elizabeth Hunt in butterfly, Cassie Lea in backstroke and the 10yr girls 4x1 freestyle relay. Second places were achieved by Adam Nash fly and breaststroke, Alistair Ristov backstroke, 9yr girls medley relay, boys 11yrs freestyle relay, boys 9yrs freestyle relay, girls 8 x 1 freestyle relay and the boys 12yrs medley relay.
Everyone swam with a 110% effort and the Sharks team spirit was very much in evidence. Special congratulations must go to Noah Folkes and Leah Bowen for having the most swims each on the night!
Great swimming from each and every one of you, you should be very proud to have been part of the team. We look forward to the next round in May, bring it on!
Boldmere A - 225
City of Coventry A - 184
Stratford Sharks - 174
Bilston - 174
Hinckley - 156
Northgate - 142
Thank you to Kim Mortimer along with her helpers Caroline, Seb and Tom who ran a very successful Skills Clinic for juniors this morning. The clinic focussed on Butterfly technique and Starts and Turns, followed by a land training session.
Today's clinic was fully booked and the club will be holding further events later this year. Details of the next one will be posted on our website soon.
Stratford Sharks Swimming Club members claimed a superb 35 medals as they impressed at the Warwickshire County Swimming Championships which took place over the latter half of February and beginning of March.
The Sharks arrived at the event in Coventry to face an elite force of expectant swimmers but, armed with a staggering 500 qualifying times from 66 swimmers aged between nine to 46, they rose to the challenge.
Stratford had participants in 89 individual finals and none were more determined to turn on the style than first-time regional qualifiers Adam Nash, Hannah Penny and Felix Gallagher.
Adam excelled in the ‘killer’ 200m breaststroke and gained a Midland Qualifying Time. Not to be outdone, Hannah pulled out all the stops and achieved a Midland time in the 200m freestyle. Stratford’s swim of the championships came from Felix. Head coach Dirk Cox knew Felix had a Midland Qualifying Time in him for the 400m freestyle and had coached him extensively on pacing the race and pushing through hard at the end.
That is precisely what Felix did and all the Sharks and their supporters were on their feet and screaming from the balcony as Felix approached the finish.
Felix had left enough power to finish the job off and he brought the house down as he secured the Midland Qualifying Time he has been chasing. Afterwards Felix said: “You’re all pumped up at the start of the race but you can’t afford to go off too fast. Dirk has taught me that the 400m freestyle is all about pace and consistency. Thanks Dirk, it worked and I feel elated.”