Rushmoor Royals Qualifying Meet
Swimming the distance
Over the weekend of the 17/18th March WF swimmers attended their first Level 1 Meet of the qualifying window at Aldershot Barracks Sports Centre. This long course meet pitted the travelling Foresters against some strong teams from the South East & London area. They did the Midlands proud winning 12 medals in total over the two day event, despite the mini beast from the east trying to stop them competing on the Sunday!
Nathaniel Crowther led the way with a superb Gold medal performance in the 200 back recording a new PB of 2:19.85 and a very high ranking position. After two Bronze medal swims in the 50 breast & free, Abbie Rowley left the best for last with a strong 30.8 in the 50 fly to take Gold. Jasmin Yates entered 8 events and won 6 medals with 3 Silver (200 fly, 400 IM & 200 back) & 3 Bronze (50 & 100 back and 100 fly). Rob Darbyshire picked up Silver in a well paced 400 free as did Imogen Cook in the 200 back. Bradley Baddams and Lucy Nicholls moved on from their recent swims in Swansea and Matilda Calder & Ryan Bloomer set some notable PB’s at the start of this long course season.
Head Coach Brian McGuinness stated, “All the swimmers approached their swims like professional athletes and grew through the meet. I was very proud of them! Not only that we had great fun too.” Well done all!