So, the swimming season ended and a new one is about to begin. There have been lots of changes this season to the club, some highs, some lows…but mostly highs! We saw some great swims this season from our members, a positive commitment to the club and their own personal ongoing development, we can be very proud of all of them.
Well done to Amber Macrae and Grace Trodd who took part in the Sussex County Development Meet. This meet is designed as a competition for swimmers who have not yet reached county level. It offers these swimmers the chance to compete in a gala with swimmers of their own level.
Amber did fantastically well, winning Bronze in the 100 fly with a 3.75 second PB, and winter county qualifying time! Amber finished 10th in the 100 free with another PB. Grace did an amazing 30 second PB in her 100 breast, finishing 8th in the 10yr age group.
As for the Long Distance & Junior Championships (covered in the last post), well done to all the swimmers who took part. There were 50 PBs overall, and medals were presented at the summer barbecue by Mayor Cllr Pat Dillon and Deputy Mayor Cllr Phil Woodhall.
Sussex League Round 2:
This was a close gala, but our swimmers did us proud! It was always going to be a tough gala, with Worthing very strong and little between BRSC and 1066. Team BRSC nailed it, and beat 1066 by just 14 points! The many youngsters who swam up well above their age group were amazing, and gained the team vital points, leaving us in a strong position for the final round.
There were 27 new PBs swum, and 9 of the relays were faster than in the first round gala. The squadron relay was an amazing 6 seconds faster with exactly the same eight swimmers! Tom Hogg won 4 races, with two more first places from Abbie Turner and Katie White. There were a further 18 second places!
Many thanks to Coaches Sue, Tina and Ediz, and officials Mark, Martin, Darran and Sarah.
Sussex League Round 3:
BRSC were joint hosts with Lewes for the final round, which was held at K2, Crawley. Despite having a depleted team which meant finishing last unfortunately, (but still scored more points than Brighton did in their final gala!) BRSC had a fantastic night of swimming. EVERY swimmer who took part did their Club proud!
The Under12s (including Kaitlin Hickmore who was amazing in her first league gala) and the Under14 girls dominated the relays, with both age groups coming 1st in both the freestyle and medley relays. Even when swimming up into the Under 16s, they still came 1st and 2nd. In fact, the Under14 girls managed 1st and 2nd in three individual events – the 100 IM, 50 butterfly and 50 breaststroke! (In Sussex League galas we have to field two swimmers in each individual event).
Overall 12 individual 1st places were swum by Amber Macrae, Abbie Turner, Grace Womersley, Alys Turner and Daisy Donoghue; 2nd places by Alys T, Amber M, Grace Mitchell, Abby T and Daisy D.
Our young boys were fantastic swimming up, mainly in the Under14 age group, but William Stevens swam a great 100 breast in the Under16; Owen Cullen swam a strong 50 free in the open freestyle relay and Rembrandt Vonk did a superb backstroke start and lovely swim in the open medley relay! And I must say wow Ediz, we weren’t expecting that! 27.55s 50m free split!!!
The whole event was a brilliant team effort from all swimmers, great support for each other and of course simply the best and loudest chant led by our club captains Josh Hockey and Imogen Ede! Thank you to all of our lovely helpers – Arabella, Jo, Lianne and Liz. Liz – that was the longest list of raffle prizes I have ever heard at a gala!! – Thank you for organising that. Thank you to our officials – Mark and Martin who refereed, Darren who was chief time-keeper and Sarah & Katie our timekeepers.
Our strong start to the league meant BRSC actually finished in 5th place overall, above Lewes and on equal league points with 1066.
Keep an eye on the club diary (soon to be updated) for news of upcoming competitions and galas!
Many heartfelt thanks to everyone who has worked so hard this season to make the club a success, including coaches, swimmers and parents. Many of our parents and coaches put in an extraordinary amount of their own free time to ensure that BRSC continues to thrive, and remains an inclusive and friendly place. Without them we would not have a club.
Well done TEAM BRSC! Onwards and upwards!!!