The Yorkshire Championships have been running throughout February, with 35 swimmers from Tadcaster taking to their blocks in 94 different individual events with 20 relay quartets also in action. The swimmers appeared to have had at least one extra Weetabix for breakfast on race days, as 50 Pbs were recorded in the individual events (42 out of 72 sprints and 8 out of 22 in the longer races) with further Pbs recorded on at least 4 relay lead-offs. Jane may well have suffered whiplash from the number and strength of bear-hugs she received from some of the swimmers returning with Pbs!
6 swimmers (Tom, Callum, Emily, Marija, Harry and Gemma) recorded 14 long course NER qualifying times between them and two swimmers (Tom and Ethan) made individual finals. Marija and Gemma were also reserve finalists, but unfortunately were not called into action.
The older boys (Tom, Callum, Louis and Ben) made the final of the open freestyle relay which was a particularly noteworthy achievement as both Tom and Ben were “swimming up” in a higher age group against the adults of Leeds and Sheffield – One of the Leeds East swimmers was older than Tom and Ben combined!
Our guys lost nothing by comparison in terms of commitment or pre-race chest beating though, and finished mid-pack amongst the genuine junior teams in the final. It’s also fair to observe that our guys probably shaded the all important pre-race “six-pack” competition!
Also worthy of a special mention is Ava Williams, who was in the top 10 amongst 10 year olds in all her events (including 2nd in butterfly) but sadly didn’t get to race in a final as she was in the combined 10 and 11 year category.
The team spirit shown by the swimmers was great to see. Swimmers returning with Pbs were subject to group hugs, high fives and/or fist-bumps and the relay swimmers all dug deep to back up the efforts of their team mates. Some of the younger teams recorded times over 10 seconds faster than expected based on previous Pbs, showing just how much representing the team meant to them.
As always, thanks are due to the coaches for preparing the swimmers so well in training and controlling things pool-side.And of course thanks also go to the tireless committee for organising all the extra training sessions over Christmas and for facilitating the tour of some of Yorkshire’s lesser-known swimming venues during the flooding.
Check the gallery for pics of the day More images and videos to follow – please email Tadcaster Swim Squad with any pictures you have of the day