Silver medal for Southampton at Swim South-East 14/Under Championships 

The Swim England South East Swimming Region comprises of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey and West Sussex, together with the Crown Dependencies of the Channel Islands. The level of competition is understandably higher than that of Hampshire County level, and just below that of National Championships, however this level is not unattainable and is well within the grasp of some of the younger swimmers at CSSC.

Many Congratulations to: Macey Carstairs (11-12yrs), who is actually still 10 years old until July, Macey has had a very good season. Swimming in her first regional championships inthe double age group band as one of the youngest swimmers at these championships Macey swam superbly over the weekend. She achieved an amazing 1 x Silver in the 100m Butterfly Final dropping 4 seconds from Heats to Final, Macey also made the Final of the 200m Butterfly, where things didn't quite go to plan, at this level it is about learning from your mistakes, but hopefully not repeating the same mistakes! Overall Macey swam in 7 events and achieved 8 personal best long course times. Clearly Macey has the potential to do well in the future over a range of events, 10yrs being far too young to specialise in both stroke or distance. Macey has now gained regional champiohships heats and final experinence and as I mentioned the knowledge to overcome silly errors.

Elwyn Lee-Mitchell (14yrs), who has been plagued with ear infections over the past year swam superbly bearing in mind his time training in the water, his recent one week skiing holiday probably also had an impact on Elwyn’s fitness. He narrowly missed out on a medal in the 50m Backstroke Final where he came 4th And 100m & 200m Freestyle where he achieved 6th position in personal best times. Elwyn must now await to see if he has done enough to achieve his goal of being selected to compete at either British or English Nationals this summer. However he does have the opportunity to improve his fitness by training really hard over the next two weeks prior to the second weekend of regional 14yrs and under championships, I look forward to seeing him in the water training.

Ella Carstairs (14yrs), who achieved her first Regional Final in the 200m Individual Medley with a very good swim in the heats. Ella’s excellent attendance and application (hard work in training) has paid off and I look forward to watching her race the 100m Breaststroke in two weeks time. Jessica Milligan (11-12yrs), again swimming in her first regional championships should be pleased with how she swam, bearing in mind her recent injury to her knee, which she is receiving treatment for. Jess competed in both the 200m Individual Medley & 400m Freestyle and like Macey, Ella, Elwyn and Luke Martin has the opportunity to work hard in training over the next two weeks to gain fitness and race preparation.

Full results from the weekends competition are available to view on the Swim England South East swimming website.

Consistency is the Hallmark of Success.

David Terry
ASA/UKCC Senior Performance Coach
Head Coach
City of Southampton Swimming Club