Staffordshire County Championships 2018 : Times and Report

Stafford Leisure Centre, Stafford.  10th/11th & 24th/25th February 2018


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This year we knew the qualifying times would be hard and that they needed to be swam in an open meet – so we had spent a lot of time at open meets during 2017 to ensure we gave all the best chance to qualify. The times in Staffordshire are a lot harder to achieve than the surrounding counties and in 2018 to qualify saw a faster time required of around 5 seconds for all 50m events.

Therefore special extra credit to all of the 20 children who qualified this year- we are very proud of all of you!!!!

In line with national ASA regulations the age remained at the 31/12/18 – so as always some gained and had a better chance of doing well against peers as they became older in the section compared to a March age date in the past.

Our head coach team of Simon and Ian were ever present and the kids all took to the water in a calm state – pumped I think a couple of them called it – with advice from their coaches ringing in their ears as they headed to the blocks. We also saw Bev Doughty and Martin Brown present as officials during the 4 days of swimming spread over two weekends in February.

All races are HDW and kids get called to blocks and announced to the crowd as each race starts – so credit to all kids for being brave and giving themselves and the club a fortnight to be proud of. Once again this year for all events that go forward to Midland level we saw Age group finals with the top 8 going again at the end of each long day.

Charlie Miller – age 11 – our youngest swimmer overcame nerves to swim 2 huge PB times in 100m and 200m breast – a great first counties for Charlie – a bright future lies ahead!!!

Rachael Greener – age 11 – a first counties with more to follow after the amazing 9 second PB time to make the final in the 100m Fly – the cheers of ‘Go Rebecca’ was brill to hear.

Ella Cooper – age 12- JOINT STAR SWIMMER – two years ago Ella attended to do one event having come off crutches a day before – the progress is fantastic and credit to her, her coaches and her family. This year she was always in the top 8 – taking home an incredible 4 medals and 6 midland times – our 2018 Junior Girls Captain had a county champs to remember

Harrison Jones – age 12 – a great debut at counties for our 2018 Boys Junior Captain – making the 50m final and taking home a new PB time

Ruby Welsford – age 12 – another debutant but had her cousin to calm any nerves – a great PB in her favourite 50m back event

Tom Mitchell – age 13 – the 2017 junior boys captain qualified in 7 events…….he made finals and set PB times over both weekends – his highlight being the midland time set in 200m Breast with Tom taking over 10 seconds off his PB over the heats and final!!!

George Preston – age 13 – his first go at Staffs Counties he swam the 100m and 200m Breast in great times to enjoy his experience – swimming so many events the night before for the team in a league gala was a great endorsement of his commitment to the team cause

Charlotte Breeze – age 13 – the fly has become Charlotte’s best stroke over the last 12 months – she set new PB times in both the 100m and 50m fly events

Sophie Fowkes – age 14 – our 2017 junior girls captain made the 100m fly final with a new PB time – going faster again in the final to come 7th

Matthew Appelbee – age 14 – like George P this was Matthew’s first go at Staffs Counties having moved over from a Derbyshire team – he swam an amazing 50m free time and will surely progress to qualify for more in 2019

George Greener – age 14 – George did 5 events and made 5 finals – some great new PB times and an agonizing 4th place in the 200m fly and 100m Breast finals

George Stevens – age 15 – 7 events for George this year – again he made many finals – coming so close to a medal in the 100m back and 50m fly – and then on his last swim his dreams came true as he took home the bronze medal for 50m back

Jack Ward – age 15 – JOINT STAR SWIMMER – jack qualified for so many events and like Ella and Matt picked the 10 he most wanted to swim. This year Jack has improved so much and a real advert for the great training regime on offer at the club – he made finals in all his events – taking home 3 medals in a meet that he will never forget!!!!

Imeh Tyas – age 15 – the fastest girl sprinter at the club currently made 2 great swims in the 50m breast and 50m free – and came back to swim for the club after her first day at Stafford

Adam Doughty – open age– Adam swam some fantastic times as he once again attended the county championships – his 100m back PB was his stand out swim alongside his Midland time in 50m breast

Matt Gates – Open age – the 2018 Senior Boys Captain led from the front with some amazing PB times from his 10 events – the 200m breast final appearance was his stand out swim but he was our top FINA points earner from the initial 69 events

Finley Brown – open age – a debut at the counties for the fast improving Finley saw him post some great times during his county adventure – his new PB in 100m fly his highlight

Finlay Bell – open age – one of our longest serving swimmers once again attended the counties to set a great time in the 50m free

The Statistics from our best County Championships ever are :-

The kids took part in 69 events and made 30 finals and 3 more top 8 finishes in the 100m IM that did not have a final– 79 PB from the 99 races equated to an amazing 80% and not a single DQ was fantastic – quite simply they did VERY WELL

We saw 8 medals won which matched our record from 2015, we scored a huge 32781 FINA points ( a club record) doubling the value won in 2017. The medals came from Ella Cooper (4), Jack Ward (3) and George Stevens (1).

The kids also made 9 midland times – Ella Cooper taking a huge 6, with Tom Mitchell, George Greener and Adam Doughty making one each


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