Promising Season start for Seaclose Swimmers at Southampton Open

7th October

Promising Season start for Seaclose Swimmers at Southampton Open

Alex Stewart and Megan King started the seasons medal tally for Seaclose swimming Club last weekend at the James Moreno Open Meet at Southampton.

Alex picked up a gold medal in the 400m Freestyle event in a time of 4 min 28.65 sec and also finished fifth in the 50 and 100m freestyle events. Megan meanwhile captured Gold in the 50m Freestyle event in a time of 27.93 sec along with bronze medals in both the 50m and 100m backstroke events.

There were also some well deserved personal best performances from Lelayna Blacklock, Grace Bolland, Eleanor King and James Stirling. Coach Val Gard said ‘this was a great start to what looks like being a great year’.

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Club Fees……..

5th October

As you will remember the fees for squad sessions changed from September 2015 and many members have yet to change them.

Please can you do this ASAP and let us have the difference in fees for September and October (if paid so far this month) as the club has to cover the increased pool hire/ASA fees etc.

Pre-Senior Squads: £24

Senior Squads: £25

Many thanks.

County and Regional Call Ups for Seaclose Swimmers.

County and Regional Call Ups for Seaclose Swimmers.

A season of hard work in getting to the top of the rankings has been rewarded for Seaclose Swimmers Megan King and Abigail Lacey with selection for the Hampshire County Team.

Both Megan and Abi have been selected in the Hampshire ASA team to compete at the prestigious Inter-County Championships at the Ponds Forge pool complex in Sheffield on Sunday 18th October. They will be part of a 24 member team and will compete in the top division of the inter-counties which will be screened live on the ASA website. Abigail has also been selected for the South East Schools Division team and will compete in the 200m back, 200IM and the relays at the English National Secondary schools final in Leeds on 3rd and 4th October.

Good luck at both events girls, as Dave would say Go,Go,Go!

James Moreno & Rushmoor Royal open meets

In preparation for the National short course season we are offering the following level 2 open meets (more detailed calendar will be available shortly). Val will be taking entries for the following – transport to be arranged by parents. Please check qualifying times. Southampton James Moreno (www.cossc.org) meet 3/4th Oct – info available on the website the entries must be to me by the 1st Sept at the latest. Rushmoor Royals (www.rushmoorroyals.org.uk) open meet 17/18th Oct. Entries to me by the 17th Sept at the latest. Payment for entries can be made via bank transfer or cheques made out to Seaclose Swimming Club More details to follow

Getting involved with your club…….Timekeeping courses

Getting involved with your club…….Timekeeping courses

As a thriving club we are looking to expand our resources and volunteers in order that we can keep running successful championships, club galas etc. Would any parents/relatives/friends of swimmers be interested in becoming a timkeeper? Our local HCASA co-ordinator will be running a course in August or September this year and we would like to be able to put forward a group to be trained as official timekeepers – not only would this help us at our own events we host, but when we send teams to the mainland we are often asked for officials. Also, as many are unaware of this fact, at some mainland open meets when a certain number of swimmers attend, one of the conditions is that we provide an official of sorts – a timekeeper will suffice for this purpose.

This would be a great way for parents to be involved with their children’s competitive swimming – please contact either Ben Gard on chairman@seaclosesc.co.uk or Julie Van der Helstraete on clubsecretary@seaclosesc.co.uk and we can add your name to the list and provide details of what this involves. This course will be funded by the club in exchange for volunteering your time back.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Ben & Julie

Island Swimmers Qualify for Nation & British Championships

Congratulations to Seaclose SC members Megan King who has qualified for the 2015 British Championships in 50m Backstoke and also to Izzy Blacklock (50 backstroke) and Lottie James (three events) who qualified for the 2015 National Championships. Congratulations also go to Luke Herbert of West Wight Swimming Club for his qualification for 50 backstroke at the 2015 British Championships

Message to all Parents Guardians of swimmers in lessons

Dear Parents/Guardians

After careful consideration, as a result of the increase in pool hire charged by the IW Council the Club’s committee have taken the decision to increase the cost of our swimming lessons with effect from 1 September 2015 as follows:- 30 Minutes lessons – £33 per block 45 minute lessons – £38 per block

Please see the letter attached below for full details:

Lessons

Competitions and Club Kit

12th June

Competitions and Club Kit

From the start of next season, on 1 September 2015, we will be competing at all competitions as Seaclose Swimming Club, Isle of Wight instead of a mixture of Seaclose and Isle of Wight Swim Team as we currently do. All swimmers will need to be re-registered with the ASA and an annual renewal form is attached, as we will need to capture swimmer’s current details in order to do this. Please down load the below letter for the full information:

Squads

Great turn out for 2nd round of the Rother League

Great turn out for 2nd round of the Rother League.

A huge team of swimmers turned out for the second round of the Rother League at Basingstoke on Saturday 7th June. This round was the relays round and there were some excellent performances on the night where Isle of Wight Swim Team finished fourth overall and also took an individual ward in the only individual event, the 100 IM for under 14 girls.

Every swimmer can be proud of their performances on the night and the competition produced some very close racing especially considering that the age categories meant many of our swimmers were swimming up at least one year. Notable swims on the night that were worth an extra mention were the boys open team of Aiden, Alex, Michael and James who produced a fantastic time of 49.70 sec in the 4 x 1 freestyle relay, the U16 girls team of Beth, Abi M , Megan and Amber who were pipped on the touch into second place in the 4 x 1 Medley relay and Michael and Tom in the U16 2 x 2 breaststroke relay. In the only individual event of the night, the U 14 100 IM, Abi L took the girls title for the Isle of Wight in a new personal best time of 1.11.25 sec.

Big thanks to Gav for the organisation and to the parents who also travelled and helped with the timekeeping and whipping on the night.

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Rother League Gala 6th June

Please find attached the gala sheet for round 2 of the Rother league gala which is on the 6th June and (pending confirmation) is at Basingstoke again.

The age groups are slightly different to Round 1 so different swimmers and this Gala is all relays.

We will need to provide officials / timekeepers so if you could let me know if you/your children can attend but also if you would be able to come and officiate / timekeep.

Round 2 Team Sheet 2015