The Cheshire 2016/2017 season started with the Inter County competition in Sheffield in October. The Cheshire team did well and continue in Division 1 for another year by finishing in the middle of the table in 10th place.
This event was then followed by the Junior training day at Sandbach Boys school. Swimmers were put into two groups and had two pool sessions run by experienced skills coach Dave Pettengell assisted by Mike Barnes. They were also mentored in Nutrition by Ian Freeman from the ASA and took part in a land/circuit training session led by Physio Leanne Stafford.
Elite Athlete Lucy McKenzie gave some stroke demonstrations in the pool and chatted to swimmers in a questions and answers after lunch, sharing her swimming experiences with the group.
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 matched those of previous years’, 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 2017 event and entries are already beginning to arrive.
The championships in Jan/ Feb again ran with two sessions per day instead of three. All sessions ran to time and this set up seems to be preferred by both coaches and swimmers.
Single age group finals, as last year, will be held for both the 50m and 100m events apart from the youngest age group - 10/11yrs, which will have joint finals. All sessions will be held short course at Macclesfield.
There were some outstanding performances in both the Age group & Championship events in 2017 as 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. Val. Mellor Competitions Secretary.