On the 23rd and 24th November the club took over 80 swimmers to compete at the 3rd Wychavon Invitational Meet held at Perdiswell Leisure Centre. A massive 97 medals were won, just under 300 PBs recorded and lots of young swimmers making their competitive debut at an open meet. The medal count compared to last year multiplied by over three times.
We really enjoy entering this Open Meet because it gives our youngest swimmers in the club the first taster of competing against swimmers externally to the club. In the 8 Years and under and 9 years and under category it was great to see ESC dominate the medals table. George Milner took a Gold in the 25m Backstroke and Bronze in the 25m Fly and 25m Free for the 8 years and under Boys. In the same age group Ethan Jeffries took Gold in the 25m Breaststroke and Bronze in the 25m Backstroke, Harley McMinn won Silver in both the 25m Fly and 25m Free and Matt Byrd won Bronze in the 25m Breaststroke. In the Girls 8 years and under Leah O’Laughlin won Gold in the 25m Backstroke, Molly Houghton won Gold in the 25m Free, Silver in the 25m Backstroke and Breaststroke and Bronze in the 25m Fly. Ella-Rae Black took an impressive silver in the 25m Fly and Bronze in the 25m Breaststroke. Jessica Griffiths also impressed in the 50m Backstroke winning Silver.
In the 9 year old age group we saw an impressive overhaul on the podium in the 50m Fly with Sophie Walters taking Gold, Bella Williams Silver and Lara Jones finishing with Bronze. Bella Williams has an extremely successful weekend taking Gold in the 100m Free, 50m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke and 100 Individual Medley. Sophie Walters added to her 50m Fly Gold with further poll positions in the 50 Backstroke and 50 Free and won two Silver medals in the 200 Individual Medley and 100m Backstroke. Further medals in the 9 years old age group came from Hebe Gregg (Gold in the 25m Breaststroke), Evie Woodburn (Bronze in the 50m Free), Martha Green (Bronze in the 50m Backstroke), Izzie Newrick (Bronze in the 25m Fly and 25m Free), Courtney Onens (Bronze in the 25m Breaststroke) and Katy Smith (Bronze in the 25m Back).
The boys, in the 9 year age group, were just as impressive. Ed Rice won Gold in the 100m Breaststroke, 50m Backstroke, 200 Free and 200m Breaststroke and took Silver in the 25m Fly. Thomas Shakespeare won Gold in the 25m Fly, 25m Free and 50m Fly and finished in Silver for the 50m Free and took Bronze in the 200m Free and 100m Individual Medley. Jack Fallon-Williams took an impressive sweep of Silver medals in the 100m Breaststroke, 100m Free, 50 Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke. Jack won a further Bronze in the 50m Free.
In the 10 years age group Chloe Honeywell took Gold in the 50m Free and Silver in the 100 Free and 200 Free. Olivia Voss won Gold in the 50 Back, Silver in the 100m Back and 50 Free and won Bronze in the 100m Free. For the boys, Monty McMinn took an impressive Bronze in the 100m Fly and Syd Byrd won Gold in a gruelling 200m Fly.
In the Girls 11 year age group Athen Cochrane won Gold in the 100m Breaststroke, Silver in the 200m Breaststroke and Bronze in the 100m Free and 50m Backstroke. For the boys Szymon Zwiertz won Bronze in the 50m Backstroke and Henry Jackson won Silver in the 50m Free, 100m Free, 200m Breaststroke and Bronze in the 50m Breaststroke.
In the 12 Year age group Daisy Gregg won Gold in the 200m Breaststroke and 50m Breaststroke and Silver in the 100m Breaststroke. Daisy took a further Bronze in the 100m Individual Medley.
In the 13 year age group Scarlett Begley won Silver in the 200m Fly and a further five Bronze medals in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 and 100 Individual Medley and 50 Backstroke. For the boys Josh Hennessy won Silver in the 50m Free, 200m Free, 50 Fly, 100 Fly and Bronze in the 100m Individual Medley.
In the 14 year age group Bryony Tustin won a Silver in the 200m Free, Jack Gregory won Silver in the 200m Breaststroke and Bronze in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke.
In the 15 year old age group Nathan Gilbert won Gold in the 50m Backstroke and 100m Free, Silver in the 50 Breaststroke and 50 Free and Bronze in the 100m Individual Medley. Sam Parker won Silver in the 100 Individual Medley and Bronze in the 50m Backstroke.
Abby Tustin won Gold in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke and Bronze in the 100m Individual Medley for the Girls 16 year old age group.
The club now have 28 swimmers who have qualified for the County Championships in 2020. These take place in the new year; 16 more swimmers than in the previous year. This is for 95 swims currently. Every swimmer should be extremely proud of themselves; whether a county time has been achieved, a medal has been won or a new Personal Best time recorded. It was so lovely to see the swimmers enjoying their time as a team at the competition, celebrating their successes together and developing as competitive swimmers. Every single swimmer impressed the coaches over the weekend of events. A particular highlight for me was seeing Emily Fawcett smash her PB in the 200 Free and 100 Free without her goggles from the dive! Work needs to be done to keep those goggles in place but this was a very mature and controlled swim to also PB in such a manner that she did. Well done Emily. This was just one of many highlights.
Keep up the good work swimmers!