BRITISH SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
Ella Thatcher-Plant has had an amazing year of swimming, going from strength to strength, with the pinnacle being qualifying in the 800m Freestyle at the British Summer Champs. The week long competition has swimmers from across the country competing at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. Ella had an amazing swim, with a five second personal best to add to her achievements and finished eleventh in the 13/14 age group with a time of 09:22.31. She now has several more swims to look forward to at the English National Summer Championships along with all our other National qualifiers.
WEST MIDLANDS AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
Huge well done to all our junior swimmers who competed at this years West Midland Age Groups. It was a tough competition but everyone swam superbly, which showed in the number of Long Course personal best times that were achieved over the two full weekends of racing. Ella Thatcher-Plant swam most of her events in the outside lanes of the top seeded heats, which was a tough place to be, but she showed how much she has mentally matured with her racing over the last six months by still swimming well. It was the first Midlands for Eve Leleux, Harriet Smith, Anya Preece and Hannah Swift. Eve's highlight of the meet was winning a superb silver in the 800 Free and swimming PB's in all her events. Harriet was a reserve finalist five times before she actually made a final on her last swim of the two weekends and finished a fab 6th place in the 100 Free. Anya had some bad luck in her 800 Free by having goggle and hat problems from the start of the race but still managed a PB and knows she can go faster, hopefully without any hat issues next time. Hannah's first experience of the Midlands was competing in 200 Fly twice on her first day as she qualified for the final and finished 6th. Making a return back to the Midlands after her last visit age 11 was Ella Townson. Ella's best swim was in the 800 Free where she had a nail biting head to head battle with the lane next to her for first place in the heat. Even though Ella was touched out she still managed a massive 17 second PB. For full details see Results.
Eve Leleux, Hannah Swift, Ella Thatcher-Plant, Harriet Smith, Ella Townson, Anya Preece.