East Youth Regional Championships
On May 3rd/4th, seven of a potential nine qualified Deben swimmers (ages 15+) attended the Luton 2015 Youth Regional Competition. From 28 individual swims there were 14 Long course pool (50m) PB’s and a very near miss on a National time by Caitlin Russell. Deben were also seen in 5 exciting finals where our swimmers achieved two 5th places, two 6th places and a 7th place.
In session 3 Caitlin Russell entered the 50BRS with a real chance of a National time and after a nail biting race was just 0.25s away! So close, but was not finished yet as she made the finals and with a determined attitude really tried hard to go a little faster. However, after a monumental effort Caitlin just missed out but will be back to try again next year I’m sure! Kieran Whight also made it to the final of the 200BF, after a tactical heat swim, to improve his placing to 6th from an entry position of 7th.
It is always difficult to achieve PB’s in the older age groups and it was amazing to see all our male 50FC swimmers (Sean Burgess @26.06, Rob Doig @26.98, Nick Elmer @26.17 and Todd Last @26.88) achieve PB’s in some very exciting head down and go for it heats. Even more suprising was how Nick Elmer managed a PB in this event given the long term injury he has only recently started to recover from as well as making the finals for the 100BC! Fantastic!
Session 5 saw Fran Souter surprise herself with a great 50BC in 34.83s and also achieved a long course PB in the 200FC at 2:22.08. Rob Doig finished off the weekend with a determined 400IM swim in 5:17.98 – that’s a tough race!
In summary we had a great weekend where all our swimmers did their absolute best and achieved many long course 50m pool PB’s and I’m very proud of all of them. On the fun side I’m not sure there will be sharing of rooms next year for two of our boys, given the snoring of one who caused the other to sleep in the bath for a while! Also one of our boys took to wearing girls flip flops – not sure that will catch on! Sorry, all else that went on poolside has to stay on poolside!
Swimmers who attended were:Sean Burgess, Kieran Whight, Rob Doig, Nick Elmer, Todd Last, Caitlin Russell and Fran Souter. Not forgetting the parents who came to support and to Hannah Moore who came to watch, support and look after me! Huge thanks and well done to all.
Deben Head Coach