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!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie Van der Helstraete on email@example.com 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
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
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:
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:
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.
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
The annual Hampshire County Development Meet is a great chance for all swimmers who did not attend the Hampshire County Championships.
•Ages as at 31st December 2015. All swimmers must be at least 9 years of age on 11th July 2015.
•Strokes: 50m, 100m, 200m all strokes + 100m Ind Medley
•Team events: 4x50m Freestyle, medley (mixed). Age groups 9/10, 11/12, 13/14. Only swimmers who have entered individual events may compete in teams. One team per club.
•Overall best club trophy, based on the position of the best swimmer from each club in each event.
•Swimmers who entered the 2015 County Championships may not enter the same stroke/distance.
•Swimmers who entered the 200 IM may not enter the 100m IM.
•Swimmers must not on the day of entry have swum faster than the limit times in any licensed meet or any other competition defined as an open competition under ASA law.
Entry fees: Individual event £5.
Closing date for entries. Friday 5th June 2015 to Val :
More Details on the Hampshire website
South East Regional Championships Success for Megan.
Three weekends of regional swimming championships began at the K2 in Crawley last weekend with the Age Group Championships. With the new ASA rule changes qualifying has been much tougher this year and in order to gain qualification your times had to be ranked in the top 19 swimmers in the region. There were two swimmers from Isle of Wight Swim Team, Megan King and Abigail Lacey, and four swimmers from West Wight Swimming Club, Grace Poynter, Joseph Franks, Louis Herbert and Eric Tasca.
Megan King was the only medallist from the weekend and swam a fantastic personal best in the 14 year olds 50m Backstroke in a time of 32.25sec to gain a silver medal in her first ever regional championships. Megan also made the final in the 50m Freestyle event finishing seventh overall and achieving a new personal best in the heats of 28.95 sec. Megan will hopefully be carrying this form through to the Island Games as she is the youngest selected member of the team.
Also making finals and along the way gaining new personal bests were Joseph Franks and Louis Herbert in the 14 year old boys’ category. Both made the final of the 50m Butterfly and Louis pipped Joseph to record a new personal best time of 29.84 sec to finish sixth while Joseph finished seventh in a new personal best time of 29.91 sec. Louis also competed in the 100m Butterfly event finishing 12th in a new personal best time of 1.08.94sec whilst Joseph competed in the 50m Backstroke event and finished 18th.
Also competing in the boys 14 year old category was Eric Tasca in the 50m Breaststroke who has had a fantastic season to qualify for his first ever South East Regional Championships and once again gained a personal best time of 36.44 sec to finish 14th overall.
In the 13 years category both Grace Poynter and Abigail Lacey competed, with Abigail the busiest swimmer over the weekend. Abi made finals in the 200m freestyle, 50m Freestyle and 200m Backstroke events with her best finish 6th in the 50m Freestyle event in a new personal best time of 29.95 sec. Grace competed in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke events with her best result being 11th in the 100m event.
The championships continue next weekend at the Mountbatten centre in Portsmouth for the Relay and distance events and then return to Crawley the following weekend for the youth events.