Spring Yorkshires Report

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Paige Cusworth, Ceri Boddy & Chloe Simmons
Paige Cusworth, Ceri Boddy & Chloe Simmons

 

The Spring Yorkshire Galas 

The winter of the 2010 swimming year had seen the Kingfishers S.C. going through a transition. The talented youngsters at the club were not yet old enough to compete in the Yorkshires (although a few already had the times to do so) and injury to swimmers had left this years attendance at the 50m Spring Yorkshire Championships down on the previous years. 

Gala 2 held at the John Charles Centre in South Leeds. On Saturday 26th February Chloe Simmons competed in the 11/15 yrs 200m Breastroke. Chloe achieved a personal best of 2.36.53 with a finishing place of 13th On the Sunday Chloe was joined by Louise Scupham for the Girls 11-15yrs Breastroke. Yet again the racing was fast and tough with both of the Kingfisher swimmers excelling. 13years old Louise swam a very creditable 1.30.78 to finish 22nd whilst Chloe PB’d at long course with 1.36.82 for a 19th place. Gala 3 The 50m Sprints – Ponds Forge – Sheffield The Spring Sprints are always the highlight of the swim year with parents. Quite often it’s the first swim at a large regional event that the younger swimmers will make. This year it was Euan Topley (50m freestyle) and Charlotte Morris (50m Fly) who made their debuts. Both swimmers were unfazed by the 50m pool and were determined to do well. Swimming in a large regional meet in an unfamiliar 50m poll can be intimidating, but both swimmers recorded good times and enjoyed the swims. In the 50m Breastroke Ceri Boddy (at her 2nd Yorkshires) achieved a top 20 finish with a time of 46.88 in the 10years old and Chloe Simmons 14th with 43.58 in the 11 year old race. Chloe also raced in the 50m backstroke with Paige Cusworth also in the 13year old event. Both competed well and came in at their entry times. 

Chloe Simmons, Euan Topley & Charlotte Morris
Chloe Simmons, Euan Topley & Charlotte Morris

 

It is worth pointing out that although Sheffield may seem a long way to go for just the one or two races that last under a minute, the experience gained for the swimmers is immeasurable. They are swimming in a pool where international stars compete, using the same starting blocks and swimming under the full set of Officials. The balconies are full with parents and spectators and before each race a giant scoreboard lights up with the 10 swimmers names who are competing in the heat. The camaraderie is immediately evident with all swimmers cheering there fellow club members on. Many swimmers kick on significantly after attending the Yorkshires and can see that their training regime is reaping rewards.  The race is on to get the times for the Autumn Yorkshires, so get to the Open Meets and get your qualifying times.