9 Medals and Regional Qualification Times at Derventio eXcel Open Meet

The 10th Derventio eXcel Level 1 Long Course Open Meet was held at Ponds Forge International Pool, Sheffield. For those that have not been or swam at Ponds Forge International Pool it came as a bit of a shock to how large the Main Pool Complex actually is!


Dealing with this ‘environmental issue’ is important as a young swimmer, sometimes it is more important gaining experience than gaining personal best times. I did assure the younger swimmers that having swam at Ponds Forge that they would be able to handle any other unfamiliar long course (50m) pool.

The Derventio eXcel Open Meet remains a high class competition with many national swimmers and swimmers having narrowly missed the cut for the British Championships competing! Swimmers should never convince themselves a particular pool is ‘slow or fast’ this will have an adverse psychological effect and negative effect on performance. A good swimmer can swim FAST - Any Time, Any Place, Any Where (yes - they are the Martini swimmers). CSSC had plenty of FAST swimming this weekend. There were some excellent swims over the weekend and it is particularly pleasing to see swimmers continue to challenge themselves in different events and maintain skill levels.

Young Macey Carstairs (11yrs) had a fantastic weekend, winning an incredible:- 8 x Gold Medals 50m, 100m, 200m Freestyle 100m, 200m Backstroke 50m, 100m Butterfly 200m Ind Medley 1 x Silver Medal 50m Backstroke Macey recorded 9 personal best times and despite being at bottom age group of the South East Region Championships (11/12yrs) 3 straight SE Region Automatic Times and 2 SE Region Base Consideration Times. I firmly believe that: providing Macey continues to work hard in the next few weeks she has an excellent opportunity of making a Final at the SE Region Championships – wow what an opportunity that would be. One that should not be taken lightly or lost!

Despite having a December birthday and moving up into the 17yrs & Over Age Group at this competition and currently suffering from tonsillitis Kieran Beckett swam exceptionally well. Kieran swam a life time personal best time in the 50m Free 25.18 and was only just outside his best long course time on the 50m Butterfly (26.99), 100m Butterfly (1:00.22) and 200m Butterfly (2:18.08). I was particularly pleased with 14 year old Ella Carstairs, who has excellent attendance and application in training to achieve 10 personal best times in a very competitive 14 year old age group. Ella has now achieved approximately 6 South East Region Base Consideration Times and hopefully will compete at SE Regions for the first time at K2 this year. I have little doubt that with a decent block of work in training Ella will swim faster.

Unfortunately 12 year old Jessica Milligan has been injured recently and has missed some all important training, however she overcame her nerves and swam a very creditable Long Course 800m Freestyle. Achieving 5th position in a SE Region Base Consideration Time, that I believe will get her into the competition. I have no doubt that when Jessica is able to control her breathing in a race that she will progress a lot further in Freestyle, Butterfly and Breaststroke. Well Done also to Sophie Barton, Katie Dowling, Jack Barton and Brooke Wilkinson, who all gave there best and swam well representing CSSC at Ponds Forge this weekend.

Full competition results are available to view on the Derventio Excel website.

There were so many good swims, which went towards a good team performance. This along with the great swims our swimmers had at the City of Wells SC Open Meet at Millfield this weekend bodes well for our future. Well done, I would like to return to this competition next year with more swimmers – even if to the uninitiated the pool looks huge! Well initially anyway.

A huge personal Thank You to our swimming parent Officials and Team Managers.

David Terry
Head Coach

P.S. Next Open Long Course Competitions will be Swansea Long Course Open Meet & SE Region Championships – with just over a month of training to hone skills and ultimately race faster! Remember the National/English Qualifying Window will close on the 29th May.