Good results for Southampton swimmers at Hampshire County Championships

This was a very good weekend for City of Southampton Swimming Club’s 10-14yrs swimmers, bearing in mind the recent significant changes made to Hampshire County Championships and the swimmers that have moved from age groups to Youth Championships this year. Our rebuilding is continuing on firm footings and we are certainly progressing.


There were many very encouraging swims from our younger swimmers, who undoubtedly have the potential to swim faster. Those swimmers can only realise and reach this potential with hard work in the training pool in the coming weeks and months ahead. It will be interesting to see which swimmers take up the mantle and really commit to the programme and kick on from here. As I always mention ‘The Harder You Work – the Luckier You Get! Those swimmers that possess the ‘Train Hard –to Win!’ mantra now have the perfect opportunity to progress. I certainly believe that with Great Attendance & Application in training many of these swimmers could move up to another level (regionals) in 2017 and indeed Nationals in the future.

10 year old Macey Carstairs, who swam in the 10-11yrs age group is one of those hard working CSSC Swimmers. Macey won an amazing 11 Gold Medals and 2 Bronze medals. Swimming inside the regional qualification mark no less than 16 times. Macey was the Top 10-11yrs Age Group swimmer of the County Championships; it is no small feat holding being the County Champion in 11 events. Well Done Macey. Now is the time to forge onwards! Also swimming well in the 10-11yrs age group were our twins Tara and Teigan Willsher, Tara achieved two Final swims and 5 personal best swims, and Teigan 5 personal best swims. 11 year old Jake Smith swam well in his first County Championships achieving 3 personal best times over 9 events and now has plenty to work upon in training to progress still further. 11 year old Emerson White has achieved so much in just over a year, Emerson was only swimming 30 minutes a week with me in Bitterne Development Squad early in 2016. Having joined the club he has worked hard and has now achieve a County Bronze medal in the 200m Butterfly, this is quite remarkable. Emerson swam in 5 events achieving 4 personal best times.

Having recently undergone surgery in November, 12 year old Jess Milligan’s hard work really came to fruition over these past 2 weekends. Jess achieved 1 Gold, 6 Silver and 1 Bronze medal. Swimming inside the Regional qualification 7 times and setting 10 personal best times, Jess certainly has the potential and determination to swim really well at Regionals. Good effort Jess. CSSC 13 year old girls Sophie Barton achieved 2 personal best times in 50m & 100m Backstroke and Ellie Raymond had a very solid swim in the 50m breaststroke. Both girls are now able to use these swims to drive onwards.

CSSC 13 year old Dominik Kozak swam in his first County Championships and managed a 3 second personal best time in the 100m Breaststroke and like 13 year old Harvey Maughan both boys are now aware of the standard of breaststroke swimming in Hampshire, to which I am sure they both can aspire to. Ella Carstairs (13yrs) is undoubtedly one of the hardest working swimmers in National/Regional squad and older sister to Macey, Ella swam very well over both weekends in over 15 events and relays. Achieving 5 personal best times, Ella should be as proud of her own achievements as I am sure she is of her sisters. Well done Ella.

14yrs Elwyn Lee-Mitchell, had an excellent county championships, swimming inside the SE Region automatic qualifying time no less than 14 times, achieving 9 personal best times. Winning 1 Gold, 4 Silver and 4 Bronze medals. Unfortunately Elwyn has suffered considerably with ear infection over the past 12 months, but has utilized his time in training wisely. Elwyn swam with very good skills and technique throughout the weekend and is now looking to build upon this success at SE Regions.

It was also nice to see 14 year old, Luke Martin return to competition after a back injury, although at times he was disappointed he like 14 year old Dylan Bessey now have an excellent opportunity to train hard and not rest on their laurel’s. Congratulations to all our 10-14 year old County Qualifiers that competed this weekend in what was an exceptionally hot very cramped pool side. Well Done. We must also thank the many CSSC Officials and Pool Side Helpers, who once again gave up their
valuable time for all the swimmers competing this weekend. We owe you a debt of gratitude and thank you again.

Full results from the event are available to view on the Hampshire swimming website.

Next weekend is the last of the 3 weekends of Hampshire Championships 2017, the Youth & Open Championships at MBC, Portsmouth.

David Terry
Head Coach
ASA/UKCC Senior Performance Coach