Great set of results at Neath Open Meet

Southampton swimmers travelled to Swansea over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd October to take part in the Neath Swimming Club Level 1 and Level 3 Open Meets.

Well done! What a great set of results from the 23 CSSC swimmers that travelled to Swansea to compete in the Neath Open Meet this weekend. This was an excellent well run Level 1 & Level 3 Open Meet that we will place on the competition programme for 2017. CSSC parents made their presence felt too with numerous CSSC Officials helping out on pool deck throughout the weekend. From the swimmers and I, Thank You.

So where to start? Congratulations to the younger swimmers, who swam in their first proper Long Course Open Meet away from Hampshire, these swimmers swam in the Level 3 Event. CSSC 8 year olds Gabrielle Martin and Emily Raymond, both swam 100% personal best times – great stuff. 10 year old Raphael Garcia achieved 3 personal best times. Raphael also demonstrated amazing fortitude continuing to race on when his goggles dropped down his face in the 50m Breaststroke. Ellie Raymond (11yrs) had a great meet, which hopefully will boost her confidence, winning 2 Gold Medals 50m Freestyle & 50m Backstroke, 2 Silver Medals 50m Breaststroke & Butterfly – all in personal best times.

In the Level 1 event, 10year old Jake Smith did his coach Arthur Lawlor proud winning 2 Silver medals in the 200m Freestyle & Individual Medley events. Jake also achieved 6 personal best times. 11 year old Jessica Milligan swam perhaps her best meet to date, she was up against another very good 11 year old from Swansea in almost every race. Jess won 6 Silver medals 100m & 200m Freestyle, 200m & 200m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly, 200m Individual Medley, 3 Bronze Medals – 400m Freestyle, 100m & 200m Breaststroke. All 10 swims were personal best times and inside the 2017 County QT. Team mate 10 year old Macey Carstairs also swam in the 10/11yrs age group achieving 7 automatic Hampshire County QT’s and Silver Medal joint 2nd with our very own Jess Milligan in the 100m Butterfly & Silver in the 200m Butterfly.

13year old Elwyn Lee-Mitchell had to pull out of this meet as he was representing Hampshire at the Inter-County Championships in Sheffield – again Elwyn swam very well at Ponds Forge. Elwyn’s 13 year old team mate Luke Martin swam his best ever 200m Freestyle and also managed to win medals in his favoured stroke butterfly, he won Gold 200m Butterfly and Bronze in 100m Butterfly. Birthday Girl (13yrs) Ella Carstairs, celebrated her birthday winning a Silver medal in 200m Individual Medley and achieved 5 county times and a mere 8 personal best times. Katie Dowling (14yrs) had a good competition winning Silver 100m Freestyle & Bronze in the 100m Backstroke in the 13/14yrs age category. 

15 year old Kieran Beckett continues to improve and develop, swimming in the Open category he posted some very fast times, which I am sure will encourage him still further (…there is plenty more to come Kieran). Kieran won 2 Silvers 50m Freestyle (25.75) & 200m Butterfly, 1 Bronze 50m Backstroke. Kieran also achieved 5 personal best times and 7 county times. Jack Barton (15yrs) also swimming in the Open category swam a very good 200m Breaststroke winning Silver. Despite being still a little under the weather from a virus 17 year old Brooke Wilkinson won 2 Bronze Medals – 100m Breaststroke & 100m Backstroke.

 Gold   3 
 Silver   17 
 Bronze   9 
 Other Top 8 Swims   42 
 Personal Best Swims   85 (strike rate 61.1%)
 Automatic County QT's   24 
 County Consideration Times   32 
 Spot Prizes   5 
 Randomly Selected Heat Winners   Ellie Raymond won Maru Swim Backpack 
 Ella Carstairs won Maru Swim Backpack 

Full results from the competition are available on the Swim Wales website.

Well done to all CSSC swimmers. Overall it was an excellent weekend, obviously staying away for an Open Meet is a new experience for some swimmers and in some cases a learning experience. Learning to overcome what is known as ‘environmental issues’ sleeping in hotels, eating out in the evenings, swimming against different opposition in a different pool. What with the ‘challenging County, Regional and National Qualification’ in 2017 it is important for our swimmers to place an early-season marker down, to see where they are now in relations to qualifying for these competitions. As I have reiterated many times previously the difference and progression for ALL our swimmers between now and County, Regional and National Qualification will be the swimmers Attitude, Attendance and Application in TRANINING (session after session, week by week, month by month). Remember: “The Harder You Work – The Luckier You Get.”

David Terry
Head Coach