Four swimmers attend national event

James King.

James King. - Credit: Archant

Four members of Weston Swimming Club attended a inaugual event held in Sheffield.

Four Weston Swimming Club members attended the inaugural staging of the winter nationals short course event took place at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.

The meet was created to encourage swimmers to begin their season, focusing on the skills that are exacerbated when racing over 25m – starts and turns.

The talented swimmers posted times that qualified them to attend the meet. Female captain Evan King set the bar high with a three second personal best (PB) in the heats of the 200m butterfly, (2.12.53) to finish 10th in the open age group and qualify for the A final, alongside Olympic hopefuls Jemma Lowe and Aimee Willmott.

Male captain James King was competing on the national stage four weeks previously he had posted a new lifetime best time just to qualify (1.09.73). Rising to the challenge. he lowered his PB to 1.08.25, with a great morning swim.


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Megan Richards, Weston’s queen of speed, was first up on day two. Her heat swim was right on PB, as was James’ in his 50m backstroke.

Immy Moroney had spent the autumn balancing swimming training with her GB triathlon talent camps. Her concerted effort on aerobic base building clearly worked, as she swam a PB by two seconds to rise up the ranking with an even paced 9.13.42.

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Evan was back in action again on day three for the 100m butterfly. In her less favoured event, she finished second of the swimmers representing Somerset by 0.14 seconds, missing the B final by the same margin, but recorded a new lifetime best time.

T, the final day, was James’ last and favourite event - the 200m breaststroke.

James looked amazing during the first 50m and his first split was inside the time needed to qualify for the individual 50m breaststroke (which he didn’t get in November).

After an amazing first 100m, somehow James backed it up and finished with a PB of 2.26.29; 2.5 sec faster that his qualifying time.

If you are interested in joining our team that is focused on helping every swimmer to become the best, please contact ltswsmsc@hotmail.co.uk or headcoach@weston-super-mare-swimming-club.co.uk

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