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2019 - Regional Championships

Coach John's Blog

First day at the Regionals produced a mixed bag.Kai Adams has been in excellent form over the last 2 years but today just wasn't going to be. Kai himself was disappointed with his 50 back, and although his 100 fly wasn't too bad, Kai being Kai was hard on himself after falling behind his personal goals. It's good however to come away with a very decent 100 free swim in the low 55s and i'm sure he will be back stronger than ever. One deciding factor may be the extra weights he is now lifting and time may be needed for this to even itself out, but one thing he has never done is to let the club down.
Kathryn Daynes had a strange day. After speaking to her after her 200 Breaststroke with a time of 2.50 and a devastating last 50 it is evident she is still getting to grips with long course racing; it was neither brilliant, but also not a bad swim; it looked better than the time suggested.Where Kathryn did excel though was the 50 Breaststroke with a 34 second swim, rounding off a satisfactory day for her.
More swims tomorrow from Kai, Kathryn and Sam Johnson. Good luck guys.

Just to assure everyone, the report is about what happened today and not a condemnation. These guys know when they have been exceptional, likewise also when it hasn't been up to scratch in their eyes. I would never criticise effort, and they both gave that. They are harder on themselves than i will ever be, but feed back is essential. And yes they are fully aware that Halstead swimmers and the club and the Coaches are very proud of them.

Day 2 and 3 of Regionals.
Kathryn Daynes and Sam Johnson had 3 events between them on Saturday with Kathryn up 1st in the 100 Breaststroke. Kathryn's time of 1.20 was slower than she would have liked but no one could doubt her effort. Sam, having been away at UNI for several months now and with very little, if any training behind him pulled out a 34 second breaststroke which he should be quite pleased with, all things considered. Kathryn's 2nd swim was the hardest event in the swimming calendar in the form of the 400 IM. Unfortunately she choked just before the turn on the Fly leg and although her split of 1.17 was good she found it impossible to carry on. It Happens and there is nothing worse than taking a gulp of water in and trying to swim on. It took several minutes for her to recover.MONDAY- This session Halstead were represented by Kai And Ben Styman-Heighton. This being Ben's first Senior Regional event. Having qualified for the 50 Fly he was hoping for a sub 30. A back problem stopped that being a reality but he produced a converted sub 30 for the 25metre length and can be very chuffed with himself. Kai is the ultimate professional and set his sights on his main event being the 200 Free. Firstly he chose the 100 Back as a warm up but still went a low 1.04, His 200 Free saw splits of 59. and 1.04. giving him a low 2.04, a perfect way to end a difficult and tiring Bank Holiday weekend. Although he finished the Regionals with a 50 Fly in a so so time he can go away quite happy all round. Well done all, and as always it's been a pleasure to be with you. Onwards and upwards.

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