Regional Age Group Championships
After a successful Youth Championships, it was the turn of the remaining Year 9 pupils to compete at the Regional Age Group Championships. The event took place over two weekends (11-12th May – Bristol Hengrove, & 18-19th May – Millfield School). 20 pupils from Year 9 took part and were in impressive form throughout the two weekends.
For a majority of the pupils the Regional Championships was the pinnacle meet of the school year and for others it was a chance to place times on rankings to qualify for Summer Nationals. There was a big emphasis on process over outcome over the two weekends and there was a lot of evidence of swimmers making the right choices throughout. For instance, Mr. Lawlor (Prep School Assistant Coach) noticed and quote: “The Year 9 cohort really stepped up to take ownership and leadership within pre-pool, to the extent that they even guided the younger years (Prep School) during the competition”.
Thinking about being process orientated and following race strategies, the Year 9 cohort over the course of the two weekends still walked away with an impressive 10 medals (see below):
Regional Age Group Championships:
Solomon W – 2nd 200m Backstroke, 3rd 200m freestyle, 3rd 50m Butterfly, 3rd 50m Backstroke
Isabella W – 1st 1500m Freestyle, 2nd 50m Backstroke, 2nd 200m Backstroke, 3rd 100m Backstroke
George S – 3rd 100m Breaststroke, 3rd 200m Breaststroke
It would be unfair to mention any stand out swims as the Year 9 pupils and Millfield Swimming were in impressive form for the entirety of the competition. However, there was a consistency in positive performances between heats and finals, with a large majority of swimmers improving (double dips) between the two races. Finals were also an opportunity for some swimmers to try something different after reflecting on heat swims and if performances perhaps didn’t improve, at least the swimmers were brave enough to try and feedback after races were always positive.
Looking back on the weekend, there were many personal bests, seasons bests, podium medals and National qualifications achieved throughout the competition.
Coach Aldington has this comment from the Regionals: “Over the 2 weekends, athletes’ knowledge around racing increased and new best times continued. Race day routines were pleasingly evident, and reflections were rational and revolved around self-improvement and personal abilities. A great environment to be part of”.
Well done to all that were involved.
Full results can be found HERE