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2019 - HALSTEAD 10th ANNIVERSARY OPEN MEET.

Coach John's Blog

 

A very successful day was brought to an end after some amazing swims throughout. Starting off with Phoebe Hale whose fabulous technique helped her through several pb swims as did Rosie Candler whose competitive spirit will take her a long way. Emi Rayner, although down on times still had the ability to pick up several golds.Emily Kay produced all day but the crowning glory was her first ever gold in the 100 free. Rosie Birds consistency is a major point and is only a matter of time before her strength comes into play before her times will drop.Rose Vinter had an average day for her but she learns from each swim, likewise Sophie Andrews quietly smashed her pb on several swims. Harmonie Fry Oliff gradually getting back to near her best with 5 golds while Lucy Tyson is swimming better than ever, as are her brothers James and Matthew who are coming down on time every time they compete.It will not be long before Sophie Tyrie's consistency will help her become one of the best swimmers in the club. Not to be outdone is brother Oliver who is gradually coming into some good form.William Blunkell, of late has suddenly sprung from nowhere to produce swims i didn't believe possible yet.Thomas Robb also improved times by some distance as did Franklin Farren Ladkin who is starting to understand what is needed to swim fast.Jamie Hall was on fire while pb's were coming out thick and fast. Thomas Gubbins Swift also swam pb's especially the 200 free. Emma Southgate, slightly off colour still swam a very good 100 fly while Millie Amerio was close to pb's despite not training much of late.Ben Styman- Heighton and Rhys Marriott seem to fight out every race and their efforts led to some exciting swims. Daisy Turp Daws quietly goes about her business and never lets herself down, as does Ellie May Bell who continues to impress on her Breaststroke. Alesha Sycamore swam severall pb's, as did Rosie Candler, especially on Breaststroke. Amber Harvey and Mary Murray had excellent swims on all events, while the Haylock sisters never let you down with their efforts and the experience they are gaining will be invaluable in the future.Maya Scott's improvement over the last 6 months has been amazing and her fly especially is top notch. She may have to watch her back with sister Anya after her first open meet.2 swimmers i rate quite highly but are for ever doubting their own talent are Rose and Alice Forster; once they start to believe then we will really see them come through. Keira Harris is another whose consistency will eventually lead itself into fine swims. Harry Salmon had a fantastic day with smashed times in every event and Jack Weaver gives everything for his pb's.Watching Arwen Mortimer compete is pure joy. You know that she will give every ounce in every swim and today was no different.Skye Penningtons improvement on Breaststroke is very pleasing, as is Isabella Lewis who is adapting well to her new action. Abigail Gowers had one of the best swims of the day with a very aggressive 100 free. Kathryn Daynes did as she always does and leads from the front.Matthew Shakallis should be very happy with all of his swims while open swimmer Charlie Morgan never gave up and should be quite content with his efforts.Olivia Duncombe and Ellie May Bell can take pride in their efforts, while Sadie Marie has an excellent technique that will help her as she gets stronger.Ruby Weaver is another who never lets herself or you down and had quite a profitable day. Amber Harvey will have to keep working as she did today to keep brother Jaiden at bay. Jaiden was awesome on his fly. Special mention to both Edward Maguire and Jaiden Harvey, both competing in the 9 years age group and first open meet; their efforts were outstanding as was old timer in that age group Archie Walsh, between them they racked up most of the medals.Edward Kirtland and Finley Ames Tull improve on each swim. Jack Smith was slightly down on time but gave a good account of himself none the less. "Old man" of the team picked up gold in the open Back and he is an example to all younger club members as to what you can achieve by sticking at it.Daisy Candler had excellent fly and free swims while new lad Lewis Wilson is settling in nicely.
I don't normally pick out exceptional performances but i chose the following simply because i didn't expect it. They are Jamie Hall, Rhys Marriott, Phoebe Hale, Natalie Jenkins, and maybe the best on the day in Harry Salmon.
This is possibly the best performance from any open meet in terms of success and hopefully Roger agrees and it proves this club is getting better and better with every competition. Well done to every single one of you.
Just a quick mention to all the volunteers who went about their various tasks with efficiency and no fuss. Thanks and well done. The swimmers appreciate it as do the Coaches.

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