West Midlands Regionals
Qualifiers travel to Coventry
Wyre Forest Swimming Club had a 20% increase in the number of swimmers achieving Swim England West Midland Regional Qualifying times this year, with the championships taking place at Coventry International Sports Centre.
Whilst no medals were won, of the 12 swimmers attending, 9 of those gained places in finals or recorded top 8 finishes for their age group, which was a huge improvement on 2017. Many were competing at this level for the very first time.
Jasmin Yates reached the finals in 4 out of the 5 events she swam, despite being under the weather which meant no silverware heading home. Bradley Baddams made it through to 4 finals too in his favoured breast & fly events, narrowly missing a medal with 4th in the 50 breast. Charlie Brown at his first Regionals, stormed through to finish 4th in the 15 years 50 breast, which was a huge surprise. The ever dependable Nathaniel Crowther made it through to the finals of the 15 years 100 & 200 back crawl, ranking 2nd fastest into the final of the latter. With 10m to go it was anyone’s race with Nathaniel storming down the last length but again was in the 4th slot, with 100ths of a second between silver and him! 12 year old Alex Hayes made finals for the first time this year in the 100 fly & 50 free – great experience and we’re sure she will improve upon her 6th places next year. Whilst in the same age group as Alex, 11 year old Lillie Grover made the final of the 200 butterfly, a gruelling race for one so young and was so unlucky to miss out on silverware in the 200 back where her great final 50 saw her finish less than ¼ of a second off bronze and 0.4s off silver. She finished 5th in both.
16 year old Will Guest making his first appearance at this level was assured and patient as he swam the long 1500m freestyle, picking up the pace towards the end but finishing 5th in a brand new personal best time, 14 seconds better than his best for this length of pool. Rob Darbyshire also made it through to the 15 years 100 freestyle final, where he finished 6th overall. Lastly Club Captain Abbie Rowley was competing in her specialist sprint events but in the 17 & Over age group for the first time, therefore against older, bigger and as yet stronger swimmers than herself. In the 50 free she narrowly missed the final but recorded the 3rd fastest time for a 17 year old …. Which we’ll count as a bronze!! Lucy Nicholls, Matilda Calder and Amber Wright also represented Wyre Forest gaining valuable experience to take forward with them.
In total the Foresters recorded 14 new best times which again is a big improvement upon their 2017 results.