Peterlee Graded Meet
January 8th 2011
A small group of swimmers travelled to Stanley to compete in the Peterlee graded meet. The group came away with a total of 5 medals including two golds and three bronze medals. Amy Gittins won gold in the 50m backstroke and bronze in the 50m butterfly, she also finished in 4th place in the 50m butterfly. Jennifer Learner also won a gold medal in the 100m butterfly, she also finished 5th in the 100m freestyle and in 6th place in both the 200m freestyle and 200m Individual Medley. Rhiannon Foulds won bronze in the 100m freestyle and finished in 5th place in the 200m Individual Medley and 200m freestyle. Jessica Longmire won her first bronze medal since starting competing, she finished in 3rd position in the 50m breaststroke. Narrowly missing out on a medal was Alyssa Craggs who finished in 4th place also in the 50m breaststroke.
North Eastern Regional
6th/7th November 2010
Six swimmers from Sedgefield 75 Swimming Club travelled to the Aquatic Centre, Sunderland to compete in the North Eastern Regional short course swimming championships. For the first time both galas took part at the same time with the 50m pool split in two and the age group championships at one end and the senior/junior at the other.
Hannah Featherstone, 11, Matthew Bradley, 12 and Sam Dixon, 13, were competing in the age group event and between them came away with 11 medals. Matthew won 4 gold medals in the 100m freestyle, 100 and 200m breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley and silver in both the 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke. Hannah won gold in the 100m freestyle, silver in the 200m freestyle, 200m backstroke and 100m butterfly and finished in 5th place in the 200m Individual Medley. Sam won a bronze medal in the 200m butterfly and narrowly missed out on a medal in the 100 fly where he finished in 5th place. Sam also swam in the 100m freestyle (8th), 200m freestyle (20th) and 400m freestyle (13th), 200m Individual Medley (14th) and 400m Individual Medley (7th)
Hayley Bradley (14), Philip Walker (20) and Caroline Saxby (27) were representing the club in the senior/junior championships. The senior/junior championships meant swimmers swam the heats in the morning and finals in the afternoon and the three swimmers made 6 finals and collected four medals. Caroline finished first in the 50m freestyle and won silver in the 100 and 400m freestyle, she also made finals in the 200m Individual Medley finishing in 5th place and she finished in 12th place in the 200m individual medley. Hayley although finishing 8th in the senior 50m breaststroke came away with a bronze medal in the youth event. She narrowly missed making a final in the 100m breaststroke and she also swam the 200m individual medley (32). Philip also made a final in the 50m backstroke finishing in 7th position. He also swam in 50m free (23), 100m free (38), 200m free (47) 100m back (15), 200m back (20), 50 breast (15), 50 fly (21).
Chief Coach, John Moore, although unable to attend the gala following a recent knee operation was very pleased with the swimmers achievements and said that it was down to their hard work and the support that was given to the swimmers from other coaching staff in the run up to the championships.
Northumberland and Durham Graded
Meet - Stanley
16th/17th October 2010
10th October 2010
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British Gas National Championships 2010
Four of the swimmers from Sedgefield 75 Swimming Club are about to take part in top competitions for their age groups in swimming and triathlon.
Matthew Bradley (12) is swimming in the British Gas National Age Group Championships at Sheffield, where he has qualified for the 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, and 200m backstroke. This is the first time Matthew has qualified for the Nationals and is looking forward to the experience. Philip Hodgson (18) will be swimming in the British Gas Youth National Championships in Sheffield a week later. Philip has qualified for the 50, 100, and 400m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 200 and 400m Individual Medley.
Caroline Saxby (27) has also qualified for the Open Age Group National Championships which will this year be held at the Aquatic Centre, Sunderland. Caroline will be swimming in the 50, 100, 200 and 400m freestyle events. The national swimmers have been lucky enough this year to be sponsored by Meerkat Computer Services.
Ross Landon (17) has qualified to race for the GBR team in the world triathlon championships in Budapest, Hungary in September 2010. He has also qualified for the European triathlon championships which will be held in Spain in June 2011. Ross has trained with Sedgefield 75 swimming club for many years, having initially trained at Teesdale Leisure Centre with John Moore, Ross decided that to improve his swimming he would need to train more in the pool, which he now does with the club. Ross will swim 750m in Open water, then cylcle 23km before running a further 5km. Ross is also coached in his other events by Barry Jameson who has also represented Great Britain in triathlons over the last 19 years.
Leeds Junior Open Meet
Sam Dixon, 12, from Sedgefield 75 Swimming Club has just returned from a very successful week at the Scottish National Age Group Swimming Championships which were held at Tolcross Pool, Glasgow. Sam qualified for 6 swims at the championships, 200m freestyle, 100m and 200m backstroke, 100m and 200m butterfly and 200m Individual Medley. Samís first event was the 200m butterfly where he managed to finish in first place in his age group, but would have to swim it again in the finals which were held during the evening session. Sam went into the finals determined to do his best and he wasnít disappointed and swam a personal best time of 2.31.16 finishing in first place and was named as Scottish National Champion. The following day Sam swam in the 200m backstroke and the 100m butterfly and he continued to swim personal best times and he made the final of the 100m butterfly where he finished in 2nd place narrowly missing out on a second win. Sam had another two swims on his third day of competition and again swam personal best times in both events and narrowly missed swimming in the final of the 200m Individual Medley. On the last day of competition Sam only had one event to swim, the 200m freestyle. Sam once again gave 100% and managed to make the final ranked in 5th place. The finals were as always swum in the evening session which meant a long wait for Sam and his family. This wait did not deter Sam and once again he swam a personal best time and finished in 3rd place. Sam was very happy with his swims over the week and coming away with 3 medals made it a very successful end to the week for him.
Hannah Featherstone, 11, was also away competing at the weekend at Leeds Open Meet. Hannah swam the 400m freestyle on the Friday night and then realised she had to swim it again as she had made the final. She swam faster than she had in the heat and finished in 4th place in a time of 5.07.53. On Saturday Hannah swam in the 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly where she made finals in all her events and finished 4th, 5th and 4th respectively. Hannah only had two swims on the Sunday, 100m freestyle and 200m backstroke and once again Hannah successfully earned her place in the finals where she finished in 7th place in the freestyle and in 3rd place in the 200m backstroke.
Northumberland and Durham
9/10th February 2008
On the weekend of the 9th and 10th March, two of our younger swimmers, Chloe Farley (9) and Jennifer Lerner (10) both competed in the Northumberland and Durham County Bagcat championships at the Neptune Centre, Middlesbrough. For both girls it was the first time that they had qualified for the championships and were both excited at the prospect of competing with the best swimmers in the county.
Chloe swam in the 50m freestyle and the 50m breaststroke and swam well in both events, just missing her personal best times in both events. Jennifer only had one swim, which was the 50m freestyle but put in a great performance and achieved a personal best time.
Derwentside Developmental Meet
24th February 2008
Three of our younger swimmers took part in the Derwentside Developmental Meet, which was held at the Louisa Centre, Stanley. The swimmers that were competing at Stanley were Jennifer Lerner, Bethany Clarkson and Rhiannon Foulds.
Bethany got the day off to a good start in the 50m butterfly, where she swam a personal best time and finished in 4th position. Later in the morning she swam in the 50m backcrawl and despite slipping on her turn she still managed a personal best time and finished in 10th place.
During the morning session Rhiannon swam a personal best time and finished 10th overall in the 100m backcrawl. In the afternoon session Rhiannon got off to a good start by coming 2nd in the 100m breaststroke and then completing her run of good swims by finishing 4th in the 100m freestyle in yet another personal best time.
Jennifer Lerner swam in the afternoon session and started off by coming 10th in the 50m breaststroke in a personal best time and then she improved her entry time in the 50m freestyle and in doing so finished in 2nd place overall.
It was a great days swimming from the three girls who are now gaining in confidence and are starting to see an improvement on their personal best times.
Northumberland and Durham
2nd February 2008 (Middlesbrough) - 800m
16th/17th February 2008 (Darlington)
24th February 2008 (Darlington) - 1500m
Nine of the older swimmers from the Club travelled to Darlington to compete in the Northumberland and Durham County Championships. Ryan Caws, Philip Walker and Andrew Dewar all swam well enough to make 11 finals between them, which were held in the afternoon sessions. Ryan made the final of the 50m, 100m and the 200m breaststroke. He finished in 2nd (youth) and 3rd (open) in the 50 breaststroke, 4th (youth) 7th (open) in the 100m breaststroke and 4th (youth) 8th (open) in the 200 breaststroke. Andrew swam in the 400m freestyle final and finished in 4th place (youth) and 5th (open). He also competed in the 200m backcrawl, where he finished 6th in both the open and youth age groups. Philip came away with 4 bronze medals, he finished 3rd in the 200m backstroke (youth and open), 3rd (youth) and 4th (open) 200m Individual Medley, 3rd (youth) 4th (open) 50m backstroke. He also finished 4th in both the open and youth 100m backcrawl and the 400m Individual Medley and he was 4th (youth) 5th (open) in the 100m Individual Medley.
For Naomi Kellett, Emily Chaytor and Andrew Cull it was the first time that they had qualified for the County championships, with Emily Chaytor managing to achieve the qualifying time in the 50m backstroke for the North Eastern Regional Championships which will be held at Ponds Forge in May.
Other swimmers competing at the championships were Rachel Howard, Jodie Mallinson, Cara Lawson and Stuart Walker, all swimming well but just missing out on making the finals.
Middlesbrough AA Grade
3rd February 2008
Twelve swimmers from the club travelled to Middlesbrough to compete in the Middlesbrough 'AA' grade gala. For Callum Banks it was his first taste of competitive swimming, he swam in the 50m breaststroke and came away by improving his personal best time by 5 seconds. The swimmers came away with a total of 14 medals, with Naomi Kellett (18) winning 6 of them. She was placed 2nd in the 50m breaststroke, 3rd in the 50m butterfly and 50m backcrawl, 4th in the 100m Individual Medley and 200m freestyle and 5th in the 50m freestyle. Other swimmers adding to the medal haul were Chloe Farley (9) 3rd 50m breaststroke and 6th 50m backcrawl, Jennifer Lerner (10) 5th 50m freestyle, Emily Chaytor (14) 4th in both the 50m butterfly and backcrawl, Aimee Parkin 6th 100m Individual Medley and Stuart Walker 2nd 50m breaststroke and 3rd 50m backcrawl. The swimmers managed to swim personal bests in 28 of their swims.
Other swimmers making up the team competing at Middlesbrough were Andrew Cull, James Cull, Amy Gittins, Georgia Leybourne and Megan Smith. Chief Coach, John Moore, said that it was a fantastic start to the new year and hopefully the clubs good fortunes would continue for those swimmers who will be competing in the County Championships, which will be held at the Dolphin Centre, Darlington, in two weeks time
Some of our swimmers competing in the Middlesbrough 'AA' Grade Gala
Over the weekend of the 8th/9th December, 5
swimmers from the club travelled to the Louisa Centre Pool, Stanley to
compete in their annual Christmas Meet.
Christmas Stocking Meet
Four of the older swimmers from Sedgefield
75 swimming club competed at the Wear Valley Christmas Stocking Meet. It
is aptly named as each swimmer winning a medal also wins a selection box.
|City of Newcastle
Two of the club's younger swimmers, Bethany Clarkson and Jennifer Lerner competed at the annual Christmas Shrimp Meet at Newcastle City Pool. This is an excellent gala for younger swimmers to start their competitive swimming career. For Bethany,9, it was her first ever competitive gala and she achieved personal best times in all 4 of her swims, also winning a chocolate Santa for winning one of her heats. Jennifer, 10, not to be out done also swam personal best times in her 3 events. Well done to both girls.