Monday, 11 June 2012

DX top the BAGCAT awards, National Qualifications and GOLD, SILVER, BRONZE!

Derventio finished off the Midland Championships with some great performances.

The Girls Medley relay team won the Bronze medal in an exciting head to head race and all girls stepped up and swam great split times (Kathryn 1.10, Abbie 1.14, Kay 1.06 and Ellé 1.02 - Go girls!).  The Girls have now qualified for the National Championships and will be looking to step up again there and qualify for the National final.
Girls Medley Relay team win Bronze (l-r) Ellé Pryce, Kay Goulden, Kathryn Roworth and Abbie Wood
The DX Boys medley relay team of Oliver Davidson, Matthew Mounsey, Jamie Ingram and Callum Gascoyne have also qualified for the National Championships. - Well Done Boys.

Matt Cross (2nd) and Matt Holt (8th) win BAGCAT awards
The two Matt's were also out in force again for round 2 of the Midland Championships.  Matt Cross (pictured left) became Midland Champion for the first time by winning the 100m Free in a time that ranks him fastest in the country!  Matt went out from the start, splitting in a time faster than his 50m personal best time and after a great turn continued strong, it was great to see Matt with his arms in the air celebrating his victory, and even more impressive the 11 year old shook hands with his competitors afterwards.
Matt who swam personal best times in every event, also took Silver in the 400m Free, and 4th in the 200m I.M.  Matt finished 2nd in the BAGCAT awards, a great progression from 7th last year.

Teammate Matt Holt (pictured right) who also swam personal best times in every event, swam to another Bronze medal in the 200m I.M, and captured 8th position in the BAGCAT awards.
Imogen Morris wins 7th in BAGCAT awards
Imogen Morris achieved her first ever National time at these championships and then went on to capture 7th in the BAGCAT awards, again an improvement from last years standings.  Imogen also finished 8th in the 200m I.M.
Abbie Wood (2nd) and Jamie Ingram (7th) win BAGCAT Awards
Abbie Wood was on fine form on the second weekend of the Championships .  After being crowned Midland Champion on Saturday she then went on to swim an exciting if not nailbiting 200m Free.  Her target was the National Qualifying time, and in the heats narrowly missed her goal.  But as she finished joint 9th in the standings was invited to swim a swim-off for the final.  In true Abbie form, and with a lot of DX support she rose to the occassion and went out at a blistering pace to win the swim off and smash the qualifying time by a second.  Abbie then went on to finish 2nd overall in the BAGCAT awards which is higher than last year.

Jamie Ingram, who following on from the 1st weekend where he achieved his National Qualifying time in the 1500m, went on to swim personal best after personal best in the 200m Free and to finish 6th in the 200m Fly.  Jamie also won 7th place in the BAGCAT awards, again a big progression on last years standings.
Ellé Pryce won her first Midland Individual medal to add to her relay medal when she won Bronze in the 100m Free.

After a tough season Edward Borysiak rose to the occassion and achieved a personal best time in the 200m Free.

Oliver Davidson also stepped up to the mark in his last event of the championships to hit a best time in the 100m Back finishing in 5th.

Kay Goulden after her blistering 1.06 split in the relay, swam tough in the rest of her events gaining personal best time in the 100m Back.

Imogen Clark also added a big personal best time in the 100m Back to add to her medal in the 100m Breast.

Helen Thornhill captured a personal best time in a well paced race in the 200m Back.

Sophie Critchlow swam numerous personal best times in varied events including the 400m Freestyle.

Stephanie Williams also competed well and swam just off her best in the 100m Backstroke.

Kathryn Roworth stepped up to the mark in a National level field in the backstroke events.

Krissy Tomlinson who just turned 12 years old on the last day of the Championships and Francesca Muir-Harris swam tough in multiple races, and never give up throughout what was a very busy schedule having more than doubled the number of events they qualified for last year.

Joe Doody in his first ever Midland Championships swam tough in the 200m Free and 100m Back.

Katie Sloan (DXDS and Long Eaton) and Elizabeth Critchlow (DXDS and Chesterfield) competed in the 100m Free, both competing in their first ever Midland Championships.

Fellow DXDS and Ripley Swimmers Fearn Middleton and Alice Richards followed on from their great personal best times last weekend to smash their best times in the 100m Free and 100m Free and 400m Free respectivley, and with great skills.

New DX swimmers Chloe Bates (200m I.M) and Leah Beal (200m Back 400m Free), again competing in their first ever Midland Championships stepped up to the mark and gained personal best times this weekend and improved rankings in their events.

Well Done all swimmers, it was great to see swimmers stepping up and gaining personal best times, and swimming tough and improving their rankings.  Swimmers greatly improved on results from last year and the support you gave each other in all races was admiring to see.  Every swimmer went away from the championship having learnt something that they can put in to good practice for next season or for their National Championships next month.  Every swimmer who won BAGCAT awards stepped up on their results from last year, and with Derventio being such a small select group of swimmers it was great to see relay teams for the first time in nearly 3 years. 

Hasnt Abbie grown!!!!!!

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