What a meet! Derbyshire County championships 2018 saw over 100 City of Derby swimmers descend on the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock for two weekends of fast racing across all ages and events. Counties is a huge part of the club’s competition calender, and the swimmers didn’t disappoint with their performance!
Throughout both weekends, swimmers were fantastically behaved and conducted themselves well. We pride ourselves on being one of the best clubs not just in the water and again, swimmers lived up to expectations. They were well organised and worked well together in warm ups, showing good organisational skills throughout. Well done!
A special mention must go to the team managers, officials and volunteers who helped out throughout the weekend. We couldn’t run these events without your help and assistance, especially during the relay sessions!
All squads performed incredibly over the weekends. In total, we had 301 final swims. These resulted on 74 gold, 58 silver and 60 bronze individual medals. Added to this were 11 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze medals from our relay teams as well! This made a huge total of 213 medals won! The number of finalists and medalists in the younger age group finals suggests a very exciting future for the club in years to come!
Coaches have each written a short report of their squads, with a ‘swimmer of the meet’ for each squad. All your fantastic swimming made these difficult to choose!
Message from Ryan:
National Squad attacked Counties with tremendous effort from all swimmers. All swimmers saw times they were happy with and many broke through barriers they have been stuck at for a while now. It was great to see so many smiles coming back from races, and although not all personal lifetime bests, there was swims that have reinstored confidence into swimmers. To name a few, Guy Farnsworth saw great performances across the meet with new lifetime bests in his Breaststroke which he has been chasing for so long but smashed through these in the 50, 100 and 200; Libby Bateman-Arkinstall saw progressive swims throughout as well with a big PB in her Breaststroke which has been a long time coming but finally pieced together, Ellie Middleton smashed the 100FC and Nat smashed the 50FC; Connie Vanes saw stand out performances across both weekends. It was a pleasure to watch the rest of City Of Derby race and see the strength coming through the club from all swimmers of all ages, so well done and keep up the hard work!
Congratulations has to go to the standout swimmer for me, Mr Joe Bagley.
Joe has finally adapted to the training of National squad and is turning into a young man in strength and mind. His performances at Counties even astonished himself with him holding one finger in the air towards his dad in the crowd with a glowing smile after seeing a 1.09 on the board for his 100brs. Truly deserved through effort and determination. A few weeks of tidying his stroke up will see the next stage of Joe’s development but I can’t wait to see what the remainder of the season has to offer!
On to the next stage…
Message from Owen:
A huge well done to every single one of my swimmers, I’m so proud of you all! Even with shorter sessions and less training, they’ve still been able to compete to such a high standard which is great to see. Your success is your own, you take on board all the feedback I give and put your all into the sets, and thouroughly deserve your results! I’m devestated I couldn’t get to see you swim as I’ve been sufferin with cold/flu for the last couple of weeks (thanks to Jamie and Allison for looking after them), but hearing about all the pb’s and finals you made was so great to hear!
Swimmer of Meet: All though each one of them has done amazing, I’m going to give to Henry Francis. He’s not let his move to Regional Select get in the way of his goals and is PB’ing practically every time him swims through his hard work and above all else i think his mentality.
Message from Jamie:
It has been absolutely fantastic to see so much great racing and representation of the club at the County championships over the past couple of weekends! There has been lots of hard work put in, both in and out of the pool, in the past few months to get ready for the competition. For many in the squad, this is an important step on the ladder through to other competitions in the season and the preparation, skills and race execution were of high importance in training going into the weekend. Swimmers did not disappoint at all, with some fantastic head to head racing showcasing improvements in all strokes. I was really pleased to see a more mature group of swimmers approaching their racing in exactly the right way, and seeing the results of their preparation!
Swimmer of the meet for me was very difficult to choose- the racing was so good across the board that choosing one was almost impossible! I could easily mention swimmers such as Alicia and a Ellie who got their first MidlandMtimes of the season, Grace and Alex who bossed their distanced swims and Gabby who is rounding into fantastic form going into the business end of the seasons. We’ve had some great improvements in times on both shorter and longer distances but one person that stood out to me for their improvement across the board has been Greta Downes. The work she has put into improving technique and skills in training has really paid off, with some excellent PBs in all strokes and a huge improvement in her performance! Well done Greta, and to all swimmers. Let’s keep it up now going into Midlands!
Message from Rich:
Message from Mark:
What an amazing county championships for the Development 1 squad and the City of Derby!!!! Training started for the counties at the start of the season 6 months ago the cycle was prepared and the swimmers new what was ahead of them. The squad started well with some easy work and a lot of drills and skills for the first period of training then it was on to the hard work 😬 the correct meterage was required each week for them to perform at the correct level during the competition along with a skills session each week. During this period the squad were excellent they got down to business and worked there socks off with no complaints they new what they had to do! After this came there favourite part where we eased it down and focused on a lot of turns, dives and SPEED work to which again all swimmers did there best at every session and we new we were ready to rock!
Along came the County Championships and what a county championships it was! Every single swimmer did themselves proud with there determination and excellent attitude. We saw some absolutely great swims were our 11under boys dominated every single race this year and our 11 under girls also dominating were some finals had 6 city of derby swimmers in out of 8. Our 10u girls and boys were also excellent with many making finals a year early and finishing on top of the county for there age also.
Most improved swimmer of the meet for the squad for the boys goes to Leo pollock who over 4 50metre races knocked off 22 seconds in total with superb effort and great technique great work Leo!! Most improved for the girls goes to Amelia Robinson and Millie king who produced some great swims knocking off considerable time with great grit and determination very impressive swimming.
Boys swimmer of the meet for dev1 goes to both Finlay Cordle and Thomas Moore who between them took every gold medal in every event at there age group setting club records and gaining midland qualifying times along the way there were some great races and skills at hand.
Girls swimmer of the meet again I could not decide and have decided to award it to Millie Cadden, Evie leadbeater and Maddison ward-lowe there were big improvements from all and numerous finals and medals were produced by these three swimmers.
It has been an absolute pleasure to coach you all and watch you grow you have done yourself a proud and I am for sure one proud coach!! Well done to every single one of you!
Stats for the squad are below
Total medals- 42
Club records-3 Finlay Cordle
Regional qualifying times-6
Boys 11u medley relay-🥇
Boys11u freestyle relay-🥇
Girls11u medley relay-🥇
Girls11u freestyle relay-🥇
80 percent plus personal best rate
Message from Maria:
What an excellent experience of racing over two weekends at the County Championships. Nemo squad was represented with the 7 swimmers who did everything they could to achieve their PBs. I was impressed how collected their were before the race and some very good racing skills. There are few performances that stood out for me and it was Jessica Wass on 50 m freestyle with the excellent stroke and pace throughout the race and shedding 2 seconds off her PB, Alitheia Abraham on 100IM putting all the hard work from training in to race and remembering about the streamline and the correct turns as a result achieving the new PB and Owen Johnson working hard on 100m freestyle where he did improve his turns and as a result got a new PB. Well done to all swimmers I know how hard you worked to be at the Counties and I hope you all enjoyed the experience as much as I did and I am proud with each and one of you!
A huge well done to everyone involved!