The final round of the Club Championships 2013

23rd December 2013

Last Thursday, the club held the third and final round of the annual Club Championships, and after the successes of the first two rounds, an exciting evening of racing was expected.

The first event was the boys 50m butterfly, with 7 exciting heats. The first heat included two of our young girls, as they had missed the girls event, and this was merited as Tessene Arezki set a new record time for 9 year old girls, 44.91, beating Kate Windle's record set 5 years ago by nearly 5 seconds. In heat 5 Michael Pallister smashed the 9 year old boy’s championship record that had stood for 9 years when achieving a time of 40.39, whilst in the final heat, Matt Fulcher confirmed his qualification for the Regional Championships with a time of 28.54. The girls 50m breaststroke followed with many great swims and pb’s posted. Again, championship records tumbled as Rebecca Barber, Lily Davis and Bex Lobley all set new records for their age groups. In the boys 100m backstroke, William Carey and George Haskell managed to swim exactly the same time as they both pb’ed to share 1st place in the 10 year old age group. Hamish Milne-Skillman won the 13-14 year old age group by setting a new record time for 13 year olds, and Andrew Kershaw confirmed his place in the Regional Championships by breaking Cam Lambourne’s record in the 15 year old age group.

It certainly was an evening of record breaking, and the theme continued in the girls 100m butterfly, as Yaz Hooker added another record in the 15 year olds, adding to her previous 4 records set in the first two rounds. The 12 year old girls had an exciting contest, with Evie Clarke swimming a great pb to get to within 0.6 seconds of the winner, Maddie Carey. Holly Porter also improved her pb by over 13 seconds as she headed the 11 year olds. The boys then returned for the 100m breaststroke and Dan Jones continued to show his dominance of his age group with a comfortable win, and there was some poolside excitement as James Hartley set his sights on Howard Blyth’s record for 13 year olds that had stood for 6 years. Needing 1.19.04 to break the record, James achieved 1.18.96!

The girls finished the evening with their 50m freestyle heats. Again, many great swims, starting with Amber Ransom from Steyning winning the 8 year olds with a good pb. 10 year olds Rebecca Barber, Ethel Whyman and Emma Morris shared the medal places in the 9-10 year old group, with 9 year olds Olivia Pitman and Rowena State both going under 40 seconds for the first time. Yaz and Bex were the only swimmers to go under 30 seconds, and they both set new records in doing so.

This was a great final session of a very successful championships. Every swimmer should be very proud – there were just too many pb’s to count! However we did count a fantastic total of 188 County qualifying times, with the girls just pipping the boys by 106 to 82. We also recorded 9 Regional qualifying times from 8 different swimmers, which, so early in the season, is very promising. And finally, 23 new Championship records were set, which is clear evidence of the efforts and improvements everyone involved with the club is making. Well done everybody.

South East Regional Qualifiers: Matthew Fulcher (50 & 100 fly), Rebecca Barber (100 breast), Anya Elvin (100 breast), Andrew Chance (50 free), Yasmin Hooker (50 back), Lily Davis (50 breast), Rebecca Lobley (50 breast), Andrew Kershaw (100 back).

Record Breakers:  Tessene Arezki, Jacob Davis, Michael Pallister, Isabella Hayes, Rebecca Barber, Hamish Milne-Skillman, James Hartley, Lily Davis, Yasmin Hooker, Andrew Kershaw, Rebecca Lobley, Matt Fulcher.

Details of all the new Championship records here.