The Cheshire 2017/2018 season started with the Inter County competition in Sheffield in October. Unfortunately, due to many changes to the team for various reasons, we were relegated to Division 2 for the first time ever.
This event was then followed by the Junior training day at Sandbach Boys school. Swimmers were divided into two groups and had two pool sessions (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) run by experienced skills coach Dave Pettengell assisted by Mike Barnes.
In the morning each group also attended a presentation on Nutrition and Performance Lifestyle given by Ian Freeman from Swim England.
In the afternoon each group took part in a land/circuit training session led by Mike Barnes and Alex Law, based on the Performance Pyramid used by British Swimming, using key exercises designed to improve starts, turns and free swimming.
Thanks go to Elaine Ludgate and Mike Barnes for organising the day.
The Level 3 Meet which took place in November was well supported and entries were up on those of the previous year, although Speeding Tickets issued were again down in numbers.
This competition is an ideal opportunity for the younger swimmers to achieve County Consideration times for the main competition in January and February.
The programme remains the same for the 2018 event and entries are already beginning to arrive.
The championships in Jan/ Feb ran smoothly with two sessions per day proving very popular and seeming to be preferred by coaches, swimmers and officials.. All sessions ran to time which was a bonus.
Single age group finals, as last year, were held for both the 50m and 100m events apart from the youngest age group - 10/11yrs, which had joint finals. All sessions were held, short course, at Macclesfield.
Thanks go to all the clubs for their help and support.
There were some outstanding performances in both the Age group & Championship events in 2018, with many of the Clubs in Cheshire represented. They are listed below:-
Finally, thanks to all for the help and support during the past twelve months, both on the wet and dry side. We are always looking for volunteers so please don’t hesitate to put your hand up.