Wyre Forest Swimming Club attended the 2019 West Midland Regional Swimming Championships which were held for the final time at Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre over the weekends of 4/5/6th May and 11/12th May. A new £10.5m Olympic size pool being built at the Alan Higgs Centre in Coventry and expected to be opened some time later in 2019.

Wyre Forest Swimming Club saw their number of Regional Qualifiers jump from 12 in 2018 to 20 in 2019. Working hard throughout the year to qualify were:- Tegan Hands, Matilda Calder, Joel Hands, Nathanial Crowther, Adam Newey, Robert Darbyshire, Lillie Grover, Alice Walker, Jasmin Yates, Charles Brown, Martha Stead, Lucy Nicholls, Isabella Hoare, Mollie Kilgour, Jeremy Summers, Will Guest, Ryan Bloomer, Abbie Rowley, Lily Colley and Alex Hayes who unfortunately fractured her elbow days before the start and sadly was unable to compete.

Lillie Grover had an outstanding Championship winning Gold in the 11/12 yrs 50m back final to become Regional Champion in her age group. Lillie also picked up Silver medals in the 100m fly, 200m fly, 200m back and a Bronze in the 100m back. Joining her amongst the medallists were Nathaniel Crowther (16) who won Bronze in the 200m back and Jeremy Summers (15) who won Bronze in the 1500m freestyle distance event. Wyre Forest Swimming Cub also picked up medals in the relay events with the men’s 14/16 yrs 400m medley team of Nathaniel Crowther, Charlie Brown, Owen Westwood & Rob Darbyshire winning a Bronze; the men’s 14/16 800m freestyle team of Nathaniel Crowther, Charlie Brown, Jeremy Summers & Rob Darbyshire won Silver and the women’s 14/16 800m freestyle team of Lucy Nicholls, Tegan Hands, Jasmin Yates & Mollie Kilgour also won a Bronze.

From our 20 qualifiers, an amazing 15 of them made it through to one or more Regional Finals or placed in the top 8 at longer distance events which were heat declared wins. Our Finalists were:- Lillie Grover , Jasmin Yates, Nathaniel Crowther, Adam Newey, Alice Walker, Charles Brown, Martha Stead, Lucy Nicholls, Isabella Hoare, Matilda Calder, Joel Hands, Mollie Kilgour, William Guest, Jeremy Summers and Rob Darbyshire. Our number of top 8 placings/finalists more than doubled from 18 in 2018 to 41 in 2019!

Head Coach Brian McGuinness stated, ‘As Head Coach, it was heartening for me to have colleagues coming to me from Clubs far & wide in the Region, saying how impressed by the Club they have been. So well done to all of the swimmers, win or lose you have done Wyre Forest proud!’

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