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16/03/2019 JOHN'S BLOG

16/03/2019

Basildon open meet. A group of swimmers travelled to Basildon today to compete in the above meet. To say they were outstanding is an understatement. Eloise Conway, having been at the club for 10 years plus provided a fabulous 100 free PB which had eluded her for a couple of years. This set her up for 2 very good fly and IM swims. In the 400 free Ethan Howard, Lewis Wilson, Thomas Nicholls, Franklin Farren and Thomas Bale smashed their PB ‘s by a considerable margin. Matt bale, the oldest swimmer there improves with every swim and at the other end of the scale our 9 year olds Phoebe Hale, Emi Rayner and Rosie Candler, gained valuable experience with again Emi medalling in her events. Charlotte Nicholls is becoming a very solid performer and her consistency is the key having performed well on all events. Jasmine Bale is becoming a very strong athlete and evidence of this came in her 200 Breaststroke with a great PB. Ruby Weaver is quietly coming along nicely and is always reliable with 1 or 2 PB’s, as is brother Jack who is starting to realise his potential.(not sure "quietly" was apt when talking about the Weaver clan) Evie Williams having recently come back to the sport after 2 years out is not far away from becoming a good sprinter by posting some very good PB’s from all swims. One of the most pleasing of swims came from Rose Vinter. Rose has had a tough couple of years when it didn't seem to happen for her and then with a bang she obliterated her 100 free swim. The confidence will now grow hopefully for further improvement. Possibly the best performances came from Chloe and Ella Linney. Their improvement has shot them several places forward in their age groups with excellent free and fly swims. Emily Kay smashed her 50 free even with an injured foot and there is more to come. Sophie has the potential to become one of the leading swimmers at Halstead and although she has recently not performed to her best she came up trumps today with a PB free swim showing the aggression that had been missing. Brother Oliver is suddenly putting in performances that a little while ago were nowhere near, he is growing up and getting stronger and his fly swim was magnificent. Isabella Lewis is getting to grips with a new action on her Breaststroke and it seems to be paying dividends. Jack Smith was a finger nail away from breaking the club 100 back record but consoled himself with a gold medal; next time Jack. My favourite swim came from Thomas Bale in the 200 free by turning out very even split times to smash his time by over 6 seconds.

Again the support we received from our parents was superb and i know the swimmers appreciate it; bring on Sunday.

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