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Top Quality Start to 2018 for WSC

Top Quality Start to 2018 for WSC

Last weekend (13th-14th January) 70+ of our swimmers competed for the first time in 2018, swimmers competed at the Holywell Valentines and City of Derby Long Course Meet (held in Sheffield). Both meets highlighted some very exciting early year results.



WSC had 48 swimmers competing in Holywell in events from 50m up to 800m/1500m and some in events for the very first time. In summary, WSC achieved:

-          48 x Gold Medals

-          45 x Silver Medals

-          40 x Bronze Medals

-          4 x Top Swimmer Awards

-          Top Visiting Club


Leading the way with 9 Gold Medals was Nia Gregson who won the 50/100/200m BR, 50/100m FC, 50/100m BC, 50m Fly and 400m IM – Nia was also the Top Girl winner in the 11yr age group. Josh Lunt led the boys with an impressive 6 Gold Medals (50/100m Fly, 200/400m IM, 200m BR & 200m FC) on top of winning the Top Boy Award in the 11yr age group, close behind Josh was Gethin Williams who took home 5 Gold Medals in the 50/100/200m BR, 50m BC and 50m Fly on his way to winning the Top Boy Award in the 10yr age group. Our final Top Swimmer Award went to Nansi Roberts in the 12yr age group who won 2 Gold Medals (200m BC & 200m FC) plus 7 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals.

Our other Gold Medal Winning Swimmers were: Jaiden Canlas (4), Evie Price (3), Connie Sanger (3), Olivia Price (2), Freya Pierce (2), Myia Jones (2), Iwan Williams (2), Ollie Bowyer-Jones (2), Dewi Hardy (1), Elsie Kightly-Woydyta (1), Ethan Benton (1), Tegan Gregson (1), Grace Spencer (1) and Jac Tennent (1).

Congratulations to all our swimmers who achieved PBs and Medals and also gained valuable racing experience ready for North Wales Regionals next month. A massive thank you to Marian, Nick, Jane, Helen, Deb and Claire for their assistance poolside.



Over the same weekend we had 21 swimmers travel to Sheffield race Long Course and against so of the best clubs in the UK. For Gold Squad this was a taper meet ahead of Easter and an opportunity to gain qualification for Welsh Nationals and British Champs, and for Silver Squad an opportunity to gain valuable Long Course experience – and our swimmers didn’t disappoint.

In summary, WSC achieved:

-          69 Long Course PBs

-          39 QTs for Welsh National Championships

-          6 Consideration Times for British Championships

-          2 x Medals (Andy Reay SILVER 200m IM and Adam Taylor BRONZE 200m BC)

Multiple PBs were achieved by Adam Taylor, Charlotte Thorpe, Chloe Morris, Ethan Taylor, Evan Price, Ffion Halliwell, Hannah Grimshaw, Lucy Thomson, Morgan Taylor, Ruby Clayton, Ruby Jones, Sadie Spencer, Sam Jackson, Seren Jones, Tom Thorpe, Tyler Hughes and Will Clayton – plus numerous Welsh National QTs from these swimmers, The two Ruby’s both achieving their first ever National QT.

PBs were also achieved by Andy Reay on his way to Silver in the 200m IM, Connor Morris (our youngest swimmer), Demi Evans (50m Fly), Hannah Grimshaw (at her first Long Course Meet) and Keely Smith (100m FC).

We also had 3 swimmers achieve consideration time for the British Championships in March – this meet is the highest level of competition domestically as pits of the best senior and junior swimmers in the UK against each other. Andy Reay achieved his CT in the 200m IM, Ethan Taylor went under the CTS in the 50m and 100m FC with Tom Thorpe earning himself 3 x CTs (100, 200, 400m FC).

The step up in attitude and self-management was excellent in Sheffield with a lot of our swimmers taking full responsibility of their preparation (pre-pool, warm ups), nutrition, and recovery. There was also a massive jump in skill delivery (especially with our BC starts) and our finishing ability looked stronger but not quite perfect yet. This improvement in attitude was the POINT OF DIFFERENCE for many of our swimmers and had a massively positive impact on their results.

Well done to all swimmers



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