The East Midlands Swimming Championships took place at Corby last weekend, with four young swimmers from RASCALS gaining the qualifying times which earned them the right to compete. There were heats in the morning and afternoon, followed by finals in the evening, making it two long days of competition for the youngsters. They all performed exceptionally well, and held their own against some of the best young swimmers in the region, making a total of sixteen finals between them.
Jacob Whittle, who isn’t 12 until November, was crowned Midlands Champion in an astonishing five events, having qualified in ten, a very impressive achievement. He won the 50m freestyle in 28.93 (a new personal best time), 100m freestyle in 1.04.88, 100m backstroke in 1.13.81, 200m backstroke in 2.34.02 (a personal best time), and 200m individual medley in 2.37.39 (another personal best). In addition, Jacob won silver medals in 50m butterfly and 100m breaststroke, and a bronze in 200m freestyle. He made finals in all ten events, showing great maturity and focus to compete in so many events in a short space of time, leaving little time for recovery.
Gracie Dawes (12) also had an extremely successful meet. She qualified in ten events, and made the final in six of them. She came away with silver medals in 50m breaststroke and 100m backstroke. She was 4th in 50m freestyle in 30.40 seconds (a personal best), and 200m individual medley, and fifth in 100m breaststroke. Again Gracie had a lot of races in a short time, and did exceptionally well to swim personal best times under pressure.
George Atkin (13) qualified for 50m and 100m freestyle, and made finals in both. He finished in 7th place in 50m freestyle, and 6th in the 100m freestyle, producing personal best times in the heats.
Liam Dawson (11) qualified for 50m and 100m butterfly, coming 10th and 20th respectively in these events in the 11/12 years age group. He will be in this age group again next year, and will doubtless be challenging for the finals in 2017.
Congratulations to all four swimmers and their coaches. RASCALS have shown that they can compete and hold their own against the other teams in the region. The improvement seen since Head Coach Glenn Fisher was reappointed has been nothing short of remarkable, and he has one again shown himself to be an inspirational coach.
RASCALS youngsters did themselves proud in the second round of the Diddy League at Sutton on 21st May, finishing in joint third place with Belper Marlins, and just one point ahead of fifth placed Derby Phoenix! The gala was won convincingly by Sutton, with Sherwood in second place. Mansfield were a distant sixth.
Our 9-year-old swimmers ALL swam personal best times in their individual events, a brilliant achievement - very well done to George Whittle (25m backstroke and breaststroke), Noah Tannahill (25m butterfly and freestyle), Hannah Minshull (25m backstroke and breaststroke), Georgia Caddy (25m butterfly) and Ruby Smith (25m freestyle) - the performances by these young swimmers greatly helped the team to achieve third place overall.
In addition, all the 10-year-old boys produced personal best swims - Barney Reader (50m backstroke and butterfly), Thomas Eason (50m breaststroke) and Jack Wyld (50m freestyle).
Other swimmers who swam personal best times were Scarlett Swift, Oliver Coyle, Zoe Radford, Adam Dadley-Webb, Ben Stonepayne, Joel Tannahill, Rosie Greenwood and Charlotte Middup.
There were wins for Gracie Dawes (50m breaststroke), Jacob Whittle (50m breaststroke), and Isaac Caddy (50m freestyle), plus the boys 11-year-old medley and freestyle relays.
Head Coach Glenn Fisher was very proud of his young team for such an impressive performance. Round 3 will be held on Saturday 18th June.
Ilkeston Swimming Club hosted the Jamie Rigby Memorial gala at Matlock on 14th May, a tribute to Jamie Rigby who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2006, just two days after passing his driving test.
RASCALS were amongst seven teams who participated, and finished in fourth place behind winners Derby Phoenix. Belper Marlins came 2nd, with Ilkeston (Blue) in third place. Etwall Eagles were fifth, Burton sixth and Ilkeston (White) seventh.
Winners on the night were George Whittle (25m breaststroke), Isaac Caddy (50m freestyle), Gracie Dawes (50m butterfly), and Adam Threlfall (50m butterfly). There were also wins for the 11-year-old boys freestyle and medley relay teams (Jacob Whittle, Oliver Coyle, Liam Dawson and Isaac Caddy.
The atmosphere on the night was fantastic, well done to swimmers and supporters alike.
Some fantastic swims last weekend at the Youth East Midlands Championships at Ponds Forge saw RASCALS/DX swimmers Jamie Ingram and 14-year-old Mia Barber crowned Midlands Champions.
Jamie (18), fresh from competing at the British Championships, had a very successful meet, winning three titles in 50m butterly, 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley. He came joint second in 50m freestyle, in a new personal best time of 24.36, and was third in 100m freestyle in 53.16 seconds. He also won a silver medal with DX in the freestyle relay.
Mia Barber won the 800m freestyle, finished 2nd in 200m freestyle, and was 3rd in 400m freestyle. She was 7th in 400m individual medley. Mia has been in outstanding form this year, and looks well placed to qualify for Nationals at the end of July.
There was more success for RASCALS with team mate Alice Richards winning a silver medal in 800m freestyle. Alice showed her versaility and ability by also finishing in 5th place in 200m freestyle, 6th in 400m freestyle and 8th in 400m individual medley.
Many congratulations to all three swimmers, we are very proud of you!
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