British Summer Championships 2019

British Summer Championships 2019

Seven members of the City of Newport Swimming Club travelled to Tollcross Glasgow for the British Summer Championships from the 23rd- 28th July. Just to qualify for the championships you must be ranked top 24 in Britain which is no mean feat in the first place.

The standard of racing from the Newport swimmers was outstanding with many making finals (top 10 in Britain) and some even winning medals.

Megan Allison Kicked off Day 1 of racing with the women’s 17-18 200 Freestyle, she swam a very solid 2:06.66 finishing in 14th place. Scarlet Major was second up with the 400 Individual Medley (IM), she swam a strong heat finishing in 5:06.62 finishing in 11th place to just miss out on a final swim. Alex Griffiths then started his weeks racing with the 50 Backstroke, he swam a lifetime best in the heat to qualify for Newport’s first final in 5th place. Alex then swam a further 0.28 seconds quicker to finish in a tantalising 4th position with a time of 27.50.

Scarlet Major kicked off day 2 with the 100 Backstroke, she swam 1:05.55 in the heat to comfortably qualify for the final. She was then able to really show her class stepping up to swim a lifetime best of 1:04.73 for 5th position. Jack Knight swam an awesome best time in the 200 Butterfly of 2:10.97 knocking 1.91 second of his best time to give him 11th place in the 16 year old age group. Megan was back in action again with the 50 Butterfly, Megan finished in 28.48 with another 11th place for Newport.

After her warm up swim in the 50 Butterfly the previous day Megan was ready to start day 3 with an extremely strong 200 Butterfly. Megan swam 2:16.78 to book her place in the final in 5th position. The final saw megan smash her previous best time of 2:16.27 that she had only set at the Sette Colli meet in Rome the previous month to go 2:15.57 for 5th place. Alex Griffiths was back in action with the 100 free, finishing in 11th place with 54.17. Scarlet Major was then back in the pool this time with the 50 Freestyle, Scarlet Swam 27.29 to qualify for the final in 5th place. In the final Scarlet found an extra gear going 26.81 but still finishing in 5th. Megan’s 50 Freestyle heat time of 27.05 was not quite good enough to make the women’s 17-18 final, but was still a solid swim.

Day 4 kicked off with the women’s 100 Freestyle, with both Megan and Scarlet back in action. Scarlet’s heat swim of 58.97 was only good enough for 2nd reserve for the final, but Megan’s 57.83 was good enough to give her lane 1 for the final. In the final Megan stepped up massively to finish in 5th again with a new lifetime best of 57.07.

In the heats for the 200 IM on day 5 Scarlet was a little off her best pace with 2:21.96, but such is Scarlet’s talent in this event she still qualified in lane 4 in 1st place. Alex Griffiths then booked his place again in lane 4 in 1st place in the 50 Freestyle with a massive lifetime best of 23.99. The women’s 14-16 Freestyle relay team finished off the heats for day 5, Scarlet Major lead the team off, she was followed by Sophie Linton, Isobel Stevens and Ellie Ward. The girls all swam out of their skin smashing the time they had swam in qualifying. After waiting 4 days for a medal, 2 came along within 20 minutes of each other. Scarlet Major opened the medal count with a silver and lifetime best in the 200 IM 16 years final with 2:19.38, and Alex Griffiths also with a silver in the 16 years 50 freestyle in 24.23.

The racing on the last day of the meet was fast and furious, Alex Griffiths started the day with a solid 1:59.72 in the 200 Freestyle finishing 18th, Scarlet Major was around her best in the 100 Breaststroke with a 1:15.94 finishing 14th. Jack Knight then swam another lifetime best in the 200 Backstroke, making it 100% personal bests from him finishing the same as Scarlet in 14th with 2:12.57. Megan Allison finished the heats off by blasting out a 1:02.60 to qualify for the final of the 100m Fly in a familiar 5th place. In the final Megan stepped up massively swimming a new lifetime best of 1:01.68 again finishing 5th in the 17-18 age group, but the fastest 17 year old.

Well done to all the swimmers who swam so well in Glasgow, and good luck too all the swimmers swimming in the Welsh Summer open this week.

If you would like to enquire about joining the City of Newport Swimming club please contact head coach James Goodwin james.goodwin@newportlive.co.uk

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British Championships 2019

British Championships 2019

On the 16th to the 21st April 2019 Scarlet Major and Megan Allison competed at the prestigious British Swimming Championships (World Championship Trials). These trials were held in Tollcross Glasgow, where the best of the best from around Britain came to compete for a place on the British team.

Both Scarlet and Megan swam amazingly well swimming new personal best times in most events. Scarlet swam the 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle and 200 IM, and Megan swam the 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle as well as the 50 Butterfly, 100 Butterfly and 200 Butterfly.

Megan Allison kicked the meet off on day 1 with a new best time in the 200 Freestyle, Megan swan 2:05.79 just missing out on a final. Megan followed this up on Day 2 with the 50 Butterfly in a time of 28.68.

Day 3, the 50 Freestyle saw both Megan and Scarlet swim new best times in the heats both qualifying for Finals. In the Junior Final Scarlet swam 26.67 to break the Welsh Junior record (finishing 3rd) and Megan swam 26.65 in the transition final. Day 3 was a busy day for Megan, also racing heats and finals of the 200 Butterfly, Megan finishes 2nd in the Junior final with a solid performance in a time of 2:17.87.

After qualifying for the Junior Final of the 100 Freestyle on Day 4, Megan Allison smashed the final to finish 2nd with a time of 57.33. The following day Scarlet qualified for the 200 Individual Medley final, swimming an awesome best time of 2:19.67 to also finish in second place.

In the 100 Butterfly on the last day of the competition, Megan backed up her awesome heat swim of 1:01.89, with a 1:01.93 in the Transition final.

Well done girls, everybody at the City of Newport Swimming Club are so proud of you.

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Memorial Gala

Memorial Gala

Memorial Gala

On Saturday 13th January 2018 the City of Newport Swimming club took a team to Horfield Leisure centre Bristol to compete in the Derek and Val Ross memorial Gala. It was the first meet of the new year for most of the swimmers, and a good test of fitness after Christmas. Newport got off to a good start, holding a narrow lead of 1 point after 10 events, by 30 events Newport still held a 1 point advantage. There were some really good swims, even with some swimmers swimming up an age group and not necessarily in their main event. The final scores were;

8th           Monnow                             89 Points

7th           Burnham on Sea               195 Points

6th           Western Super Mare      220 Points

5th           Gloucester                          233 Points

4th           City of Cardiff                    237 Points

3rd           Soundwell                           239 Points

2nd          Newport                              294 Points           (Top Visiting team)

1st           Severn Side Tritons          308 Points          

Thank you to all the Officials and Volunteers who gave up their time to make this event possible, and well done to all the swimmers involved.

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Welsh Winter Championships

The Welsh Winter Championships were held in Swansea from the 1st December to the 3rd of December 2017, with 28 Newport swimmers competing over the three long days of racing. There were many fantastic performances, far too many to name them all, but the medallists were;
  
Day 1
Millie Mulligan 400 IM 3rd
Scarlet Major 400 IM 1st
Giani Davies 50 Fc 2nd
Alex Griffiths 50 Fc 1st
Emily Jones 50 Br 3rd
Scarlet Major 50 Br 2nd
Alice Manship 50 Br 2nd
Cerys Coley 50 Br 2nd
Ben Fox-Wiltshire 50 Br 2nd
Jack Knight 200 Bk 3rd
Millie Mulligan 200 Fly 3rd
Megan Allison 200 Fly 1st 

Day 2
Megan Allison 50 Fc 1st
Alex Griffiths 200 Fc 2nd
Scarlet Major 200 IM 1st
Emily Jones 100 Br 2nd
Scarlet Major 100 Br 2nd
Alice Manship 100 Br 2nd
Cerys Coley 100 Br 2nd
Gianni Davies 50 Fly 3rd
Alex Griffiths 50 Fly 2nd 

Day 3
Alex Griffiths 100 Fc 1st
Megan Allison 100 Fc 2nd
Ben Fox-Wiltshire 200 Br 2nd
Emily Jones 200 Br 2nd
Cerys Coley 200 Br 2nd
Alex Griffiths 50 Bk 1st
Megan Allison 100 Fly 1st 

Well done to all these swimmers.

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Arena League Round 2

On Saturday 11th November the City of Newport returned to Hutton Moor for the second round of the National Arena Swimming League. After a convincing win in the first round hopes were high for another dominating performance, and the swimmers did not disappoint! The city of Newport finished with 313 points with second place finishing with 218 points. There were some great individual swims and more importantly a really good team performance.
 
We can now look forward to the final on the 9th December. As it stands the final is likely to take place in Newport so hopefully everybody will come along to support the team, aiming to gain promotion to Division 1.

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Arena League Round 1

The City of Newport Swimming club re-entered the National Swimming Arena League this year for the first time in 5 years. On Saturday 14th October we travelled to Hutton Moor to compete in the first round. For those of you who have never witnessed an Arena League it is a very fast and furious competition, completing 50 events, which are a mix of relays and individuals, in about 2 hours. Newport came away from the 1st round with a stylish win, beating 2nd place by in excess of 100 points, winning 38 out of 50 events.
 
The second round will also be at Hutton Moor on Saturday 11th November, where we hope to display another dominant performance to put us in a strong position for the final where we will fight for promotion to the first Division.

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