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Press Release Seaclose Swimming Club 04/04/2016

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 Report

18th March

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…….


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    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.

    Novice Gala – Sunday 20th March

    ALL Junior Squad Members – Novice Gala – Sunday 20th March – Medina Leisure Centre. This Sunday there will be a ‘Novice’ gala to give all Junior Squad swimmers the chance to enter a competition. The doors will open at 5.00pm, with the warm up at 5.15pm on Sunday. It’s a good opportunity to compete in a very relaxed atmosphere. The gala will be for anyone in Junior Squad and swimmers who are aged 8-14 on the day of the gala. If you would like to attend please e-mail coaches@seaclosesc.co.uk by Friday the 18th March to confirm. Adults – this is also a great chance to try timekeeping or helping at a gala with no previous experience required. Let us know if you can help out by e-mail.

    Portsmouth Northsea LC Sprint 8th May

    Portsmouth Northsea LC Sprint 8th May 2016

    This is a L3 Open Meet to be held on the 8th May.

    Anyone interested need to check the long course qualifying times and email the individual entry forms by the 15th March at the very latest to Val openmeets@seaclosesc.co.uk

    Individual Entry Form :

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    Abi becomes Hampshire Champion for third successive year.

    Abi becomes Hampshire Champion for third successive year. Abigail Lacey of Seaclose Swimming Club became the Hampshire ASA County 200m Individual Medley Champion for the third year in a row at the second of three weekends of Championship swimming action. Her time of 2.29.35 sec gave her the title which she also won at age 12 and 13. Abi also topped this off by winning the 50m Breaststroke title in a time of 36.50sec and along with a further seven medals she gained nine medals from a possible 11 events. Abi won silver in the 100m Freestyle and 200m Backstroke and Bronze Medals in the 400m Individual Medley, 400m Freestyle, 50m Fly, 50m Freestyle and 200m Freestyle; there was a fourth in the 50m Backstroke and fifth in the 100m Breaststroke. The times Abi achieved in all her events have also now qualified her for the South East Regional Championships in May. There were only three Isle of Wight swimmers who were swimming this weekend at the final weekend for the Age Group Championships with the others being Ben Curliss of West Wight Swimming Club and Mia Stillwell of Seaclose. Ben had a busy weekend in the age 14 boys and produced five new personal best times throughout the weekend. Ben’s best result was in the 50m Freestyle where he produced a PB time of 28.06 sec to finish fourth in the final and just miss out on a medal. Ben’s other PB’s were 200m Back 2min 33.15 sec (8th), 200m Freestyle 2 min 16.15 sec (9th), 100m Back 1 min 13.14 sec (10th) and 100m Freestyle 1.01.83 sec (5th). This was Mia Stillwells first ever Championship and she showed her potential for the future in her three events in the 10/11 age group with her highlight being the 200 Individual Medley finishing 12th in a new personal best time of 3 min 16.08 sec. Mia also competed in the 50m back and freestyle events. The championships now move onto the final weekend at Portsmouth which are the youth events for the swimmers aged 15 and over.


    STOP PRESS….STOP PRESS Week 1 of 3 Hampshire County Championships, Portsmouth. Three Competitors for Seaclose SC at the long distance events. Abi Lacey Bronze medal in the 400m Individual Medley and another bronze in the 400m Freestyle, 14 years age group. Alex Stewart fourth place 1500m Freestyle, 16 and over age group. Lelayna Blacklock 12th place in the 800m Freestyle, 16 years and over age group.

    Swimmers Dozen medals at Southampton Xmas Meet

    Seaclose Swimming Club Press Release 14/12/2015

    Swimmers Dozen medals at Southampton Xmas Meet

    Seaclose Swimming Club attended the City of Southampton Swimming Club Level 3 Xmas Meet with a very large team over the weekend of 12th and 13th Dec.

    The meet produced a very successful weekend for the club and some fantastic swims saw a medal haul totalling twelve medals.

    For the girls Megan King (13/14 years) led the way with Gold in the 200m Individual Medley and 100M Freestyle along with a Silver medal in the 50m Butterfly event. Amber Backhouse (13/14 years) collected medals for the second weekend in a row with Gold in the 50m Freestyle and Silver in the 50m Breaststroke whilst Eleanor King (15 years and over) took Gold in the 50m Butterfly event. The youngest competitor over the weekend and also taking Gold in the 100m Butterfly event was Mia Stillwell (9/10 years).

    The boys were also in the medals with Alex Stewart (15 years and over) taking silver in the 50m Freestyle and Butterfly events and Bronze in the 100m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley. James Stirling (15 years and over) also in the same age category took Bronze in the 50m Freestyle event.

    A special mention goes to Tom Kral (15 years and over) who due to a technical error on entry was allocated to the wrong heats for all of his races but still managed to produce two new personal best performances over the weekend in the 200m Individual Medley and the 100m Freestyle.

    The Hampshire County Championships qualifiers have now been finalised for Seaclose Swimming Club and congratulations to the following for their qualification: Amber Backhouse, Lelayna Blacklock, Eleanor and Megan King, Abigail Lacey, Mia Stillwell, Michael Joyce, Tom Kral, Frank Morrison, Alex Stewart and James Stirling.