Double Bronze For Megan at South East Regional Championships.
The South East Regional Swimming Championships began a month of competition during with the Youth Championships for 15 years and above being held at Portsmouth’s Mountbatten Centre. Seaclose Swimming Club had three swimmers, Megan King, Amber Backhouse and Alex Stewart who had achieved the tough qualification times.
Megan King, on her birthday weekend, had qualified in four events and in two of them achieved two fantastic Bronze Medals in the 15 years age category. Megan qualified in 3rd place for the final of the 50m Freestyle event and maintained third place in the final in a new personal best time of 28.40 sec. In the 50m Backstroke event Megan qualified 5th but improved to third place to take her medal in a time of 32.19 sec. Megan also finished 13th in the 50m Butterfly events and 14th in the 100m Backstroke event.
Amber Backhouse, in the same 15 years age group, had regained her form from two seasons ago to once again qualify for the regional championships and produced a time of 39.50 sec to finish 22nd in the 50m Breaststroke event. Alex Stewart who had qualified for the 1500m freestyle event suffered a training injury two days before the competition and had to withdraw from the event.
The Championships continue in Crawley on the 14th, 15th, 28th and 29th May with the younger 14 and under age group swimmers taking part with both Ben Curliss and Abigail Lacey from the Isle of Wight among the participants.
Press Release Seaclose Swimming Club 04/04/2016
Seaclose Swimmers continued with the busy swimming calendar for the Easter break with Megan King at the Guildford Spring Level 1 Meet and Lottie van der Helstraete and Zac Lacey attending the Level 3 Littlehampton Easter Meet.
Megan swam five events at the three day event and achieved three personal bests and a silver and two bronze medals in the 15 years age category. Megan recorded a time of 32.74 sec in the 50m backstroke event to gain her silver medal and a time of 29.08 sec to achieve her bronze medal in the 50m freestyle event along with a time a personal best and time of 1.11.49 sec to gain bronze in the 100m backstroke. Megan also achieved personal bests in the 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle events and now has 4 Qualifying event times in the South East Regional Championships in May.
Whilst no medals were gained Lottie van der Helstraete gained a very impressive six new personal bests from six events at the Littlehampton Level 3 Easter Meet. Lottie’s best event was the 100m Butterfly where she gained fourth place in the 11 years age category beating her previous best time by 7.40 secs to record 1.41.14 sec. Lottie’s other personal bests were in the 50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 100m Freestyle and the 50m Breaststoke.
Also at Littlehampton was Zac Lacey who competed in the 15 years age category and gained three new personal bests from his four events with his best finish a fifth place in the 200m freestyle event where he bettered his personal best by 16.61 secs to record a time of 3 min 21.92 sec.
The swimmers are now looking forward to the Isle of Wight Swimming Championships which will take place over the weekend of 23rd and 24th April at Medina Leisure Centre with the doors opening at 5.30pm on each day.
Hants & South Coast League – 2016 Invitational Junior Meet
Ten younger members (9-11yrs) from Seaclose SC were invited to take part on Saturday evening in the Invitational Junior Meet, along with 9 other swimming clubs from around the South Coast region at the Pool in the Park in Woking. For some of the 9yr olds in particular, this was their first experience in swimming at a mainland open meet and their commitment in training definitely paid off, despite such a long journey and extremely late return! They were able to compete in three events plus a 200m relay at the end, with the 11yr olds also doing the 100m Individual Medley.
Their nerves didn’t show at all and an amazing 28 personal best swims were achieved across the swimmers and five swimmers, George Hayward (9), Oliver Lacey (9), Joshua Sunnocks (10), Mia Stillwell(10) and Lottie-Rose Van der Helstraete(11) all came within the top 8 overall swimmers in their relevant age categories and obtained merit awards for their performances.
Gavin Muncaster, the Seaclose SC coach who not only coaches these children regularly but accompanied the team to this gala was full of praise and encouragement for these youngsters and hopes for a bright swimming future for them all…….