Monday, 26 November 2012

Matt Cross achieves FIRST NATIONAL QUALIFYING TIME as DX and DXDS swimmers were in action this weekend!!

Some of the Derventio eXcel and Derventio eXcel development squad swimmers were in action this weekend.

At the City of Leicester Meet swimmers swam a great meet, with all events being 200m and above.

Matt Cross achieved his FIRST EVER NATIONAL QUALIFYING TIME in the 400m Free, taking GOLD along the way in a new personal best time by nearly 5 seconds. This came with "The Cross" celebration as promised and followed an exciting GOLD medal in the 200m Freestyle where he narrowly missed the NQT in by 0.35 seconds. Matt showed great maturity in taking on board areas for improvement and turning the weaker areas from the heat into strengths in the final to take the win in another personal best time by 3 seconds.

On the Friday night to kick start the meet Francesca Muir-Harris obliterated her previous personal best time by 25 seconds to win BRONZE in a time of 9.27.87, also posting a time under her 400m best time at the halfway split.  Francesca then went on to post personal best times in all of her other events 200m Breast, I.M, Back and Free, where she made the final, and 400m Free collecting more regional qualifications along the way. 

Amy Neild also took part in the 800m Free equalling her best time.  She then went onto swim the 200m I.M, 200m Free, 400m Free again collecting personal best times by several seconds each time.  She then made the dash home to compete in her Home Club Championships!

Chloe Bates also had several swims all with personal best times, again by several seconds on most swims.  Chloe has now achieved more regional times than ever so early on in the season and in a wider range of events than ever.  Chloe took SILVER in the 200m Breaststroke and BRONZE in the 400m I.M.  She also made the final in the 200m Freestyle.  Chloe demonstrated the improvements she has been making on her turn skills and Breaststroke technique in particular.

Leah Beal was another swimmer who had several second drops in her events including the 400m I.M, 200m I.M, 200m Free, 200m Back and her favourite 400m Free putting her well inside the Regional Qualifiying times, showing her improvement in her pacing and skill level.

Edward Borysiak was swimming a select number of events this meet and in a hard phase of training swam a personal best time in the 200m Free to make the final and a 5 second personal best time in the 400m I.M and 3 second personal best time in the 200m I.M.

Krissy Tomlinson made both finals in the 200m I.M with a 3 second personal best time and Free taking BRONZE medal in the I.M, in which she demonstrated great front end speed and attacking the race on the fly leg and 5th in the 200m Free.  Krissy also swam a personal best time in the 200m Breaststroke.

Matt Holt won GOLD in the 200m Breaststroke posting a personal best time.  He also made both the 200m Free and 200m I.M finals in personal best times, along with another big best time in the 400m Free and Back all well within the regional qualification times.

Joshua Beech also swam several personal best times in the 200m Free, 400m Free, 200m Back, each one by several seconds, all the way through working on improving his turn skills.

Olivia Dickinson swam more good personal best times in the 200m Breast, 200m I.M and 200m Back.  Olivia showed great adaption taking on advice from one race and putting into the next race.

Meanwhile Dan Makepeace and Archie Vanes took part in the Northgate Open Meet.  Dan swam 9 personal best times won 8 GOLD medals, 3 SILVER's and 1 BRONZE and won the overall 10 year old category.

Archie also swam great and posted 7 personal best times.


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