City of Swansea Aquatics LC Open Meet

Well done to all the swimmers that competed at Swansea this weekend. A very satisfactory set of results from the 7 CSSC swimmers that traveled to Swansea to compete in the Wales International Pool.

This was a really well run Open Meet in what is one of the best Long Course pools in GB. Competition at this meet was definitely harder (faster) than in previous years and medals were certainly harder to obtain! A special mention to our CSSC parents, many of which gave their time to help officiate at this competition, thank you. The team atmosphere on pool deck was very good with many CSSC swimmers supporting and urging on every swimmer – this is great to see!

It was really nice to see 9 year old Emily Raymond, who was too young to compete, get up and cheer – not just her older sister but others too. Not one to miss an opportunity Emily also achieved a short training session with the older ones during warm-up. So where to start? Congratulations: To young 12 year old Dominik Kozak, who swam in his first Level 1 Long Course Open Meet away from Hampshire. Dominik along with 11 year old Jake Smith both had an excellent meet and have now gained valuable competition experience in a tough competition environment. Dominik swam exceptionally well narrowly missing a medal in the 50m Breaststroke 0:40.22 4th, however unfortunate errors cost him in both the 100m Breaststroke and 100m Backstroke. These younger swimmers are now aware of the fact that in this sport the swimmer has to make that vital link that: ‘Competition Performance has a direct correlation to the quality hours of training.’ Even at 10-11 years of age the Training definitely shows! 12 year old Ellie Raymond did really well entering 8 events and achieving 8 personal best times, despite feeling very much under the weather.

14 year old Poppy Smith also had a very good meet smashing her 50m Freestyle and 100m Freestyle times and demonstrating what she is really capable of achieving. It was really good to see Katie Dowling continue to gain fitness and speed following her foot operation too. Brooke Wilkinson swam really well throughout the meet achieving some good seasonal best times and making the 100m Freestyle Final where she gained another two placings. Aislinn Murphy continues to demonstrate the enthusiasm she has for the sport of swimming when she races, her 50m Freestyle being her best event this weekend.

As mentioned previously I was pleased with the swimmer’s commitment and attitude to this meet, which is something I am keen to promote, it was a fast meet and despite our lack of medals our swimmers did have a good competition. Well done to ALL our swimmers who competed this weekend, it certainly was two very long days on pool deck. As Mr Kevin Murphy said ‘Sunday’s first session was ‘epic’ he had never been on pool deck that long before.’

Our next competitions will be the last weekend of SE Region Championships and then the Salisbury Stingrays Open Meet on Sunday 4th June, followed by our very own Saturday Morning Level 4 Time Trials on Saturday 10th June. For those swimmers who did not quite made the cut at SE Region Championships we are now in training to Swim Really Fast at these meets and of course our very own CSSC Summer Splash Meet (Sunday 23rd July) – entries for which should now be in. The British Nationals (top 24 swimmers) and English Nationals (next best 20 swimmers) Qualifying Window closes following the last day of SE Region Championships, which is Sunday 28th May. We will then await to see who has qualified.

Full results from the Open Meet are available from the City of Swansea Aquatics website.

David Terry
Head Coach