09 Dec 2019

Well done to all our athletes that competed in the Portsmouth Northsea Christmas Meet at the weekend. Competing in the long course pool gave the swimmers an opportunity to test themselves over the longer pool length, many of our swimmers competing in a 50m pool for the first time. From 180 races, our swimmers achieved a remarkable 163 personal bests!

The event organisers included Hot Heats in some races - a noisy and popular winner-takes-all challenge where the swimmer that finishes first in each randomly selected Hot Heat wins a prize. Taking home a big bag of chocolates for winning their Hot Heats were Zoha (50m backstroke), Isla (50m butterfly), Ella (200m freestyle) and Phoebe (100m backstroke). Well done girls!

We had a lot of club records broken, particularly in the 11 year old age group. Competing in her final long-course competition as an 11 year old, Phoebe broke an amazing six club records, including all three of the backstroke club records and two of the freestyle ones. Phoebe smashed long-standing records by Emily Ard, Emily Jenkinson, Saffron Shepherd and Mukta Srinivasa-Raghavan some of which had stood for more than a decade, the new records being 50m free: 31.67, 100m freestyle: 1:08.46, 50m backstroke: 38.39, 100m backstroke: 1:15.87 and 200m backstroke: 2:47.94. We had double club-record breaking in the girls 11 year old 50m butterfly, with Ffion swimming an outstanding race to break Grace Vaughan's record in heat 5 and holding the new record for around 15 minutes until Phoebe broke it again in heat 14, setting a new record of 35.22. For the boys 11 years age group, in his last competition in the age group, Ollie took a second off Fraser's old club record in the 100m backstroke, finishing in a time of 1:24.19. In the 13 years age group, Freddie lowered his own club record in 50m butterfly by half a second, setting a new best time of 30.17.

Medals winners at the competition were:

  • Ffion - bronze 50m butterfly
  • Phoebe - gold 100m backstroke, 50m and 100m freestyle, 400m IM and 200m breaststroke, silver 50m and 200m backstroke, 50m and 100m butterfly, 50m and 100m breaststroke
  • Sophie - bronze 200m breaststroke
  • Elliot - gold 50m and 100m breaststroke
  • Ellena - gold 50m and 100m backstroke, silver 200m backstroke, bronze 50m butterfly
  • Nathan - gold 50m and 100m butterfly, bronze 50m and 100m freestyle
  • Ollie - gold 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke, silver 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle
  • Adam - silver 100m butterfly and 100m backstroke
  • Freddie - gold 50m and 100m butterfly, bronze 100m freestyle
  • Ella - bronze 100m freestyle
  • Rhyseren - silver 200m freestyle, bronze 100m butterfly
  • Keir - silver 200m backstroke, bronze 100m freestyle
  • Fraser - gold 100m breaststroke
  • George - bronze 200m IM and 100m butterfly

Overall statistics for the meet were:

  • Swims: 180
  • Long-Course PBs: 163
  • County Championship Qualification Times: 65
  • DQs: 5
  • Medals: 41
    • Gold: 16
    • Silver: 14
    • Bronze: 11



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