COSSC Open Meet Press Release

Press Release 14/03/2016

Six Seaclose swimmers attended the City of Southampton Swimming Club Level 2 meet on 13/03/2016 as the swimmers looked to gain qualifying times for the South East Regional Championships in May. Seaclose swimmers performed excellently on the day and gained a total of ten medals at the event. Amber Backhouse was the most successful swimmer on the day in the 15 yrs age group collecting two gold medals and one silver in her four events. Amber won the 50m Breaststroke event in a time of 38.19 sec and the 100m breaststroke event in a time of 1 min 26.12 sec. Alex Stewart (16 yrs and over) was also a gold medal winner on the day with a new personal best in the 200M individual medley in a time of 2 min 19.10 sec. Alex also gained a silver in the 50m Freestyle and a bronze in the 50m Backstroke event.

Also in the medals was Mia Stillwell (11 years age group) who won silver in the 400m Freestyle event (6 min 12.41 sec) in a new personal best time and a Bronze in the 200m Individual Medley (3 min 22.01 sec) and also achieved a new personal best in the 200m Freestyle event. Lelayna Blacklock (16 years age group) completed the medal haul with a bronze in the 200m Individual medley in a new personal best time of 2 min 41.12 sec. The other two swimmers from Seaclose were Harvey Stillwell who produced four new personal bests in his four events and Grace Bolland who gained a new personal best in the 400m Freestyle event in a time of 5 min 46.63 sec.

eason began it The youngest gold medallists of the weekend were in the 25m Freestyle where Sophia Elliott took the girls title in a time of 30.89 sec and Oliver Lacey took the boys title in a time of 22.95 sec. The swimmers now turn their attentions to the Hampshire County Championships which take place over three weekends in March and where a number of Isle of Wight Swimmers will be looking to challenge for county titles.

Whilst the Sprints were taking place four Isle of Wight swimmers, who had gained qualification, took part in the South Zonal Swimming Championships at the Olympic Pool in Stratford. IW Swim Team members Abigail Lacey (100m and 200m Backstroke), Megan King (50m Freestyle), Alex Stewart (200m Backstroke) and West Wight Swimmer Jake Williams (50m Backstroke) all gained from the experience at the world class venue. Megan King produced a new Personal Best and the other swimmers were all very close to their personal best times as they competed against the South West, South East and London Regions top swimmers.