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Billingham Autumn Meet – September 2018

posted 2 Oct 2018, 08:27 by Team Jorvik

September is a time for concentrating on technique and setting a benchmark for the rest of the season and a springboard for the coming year. Billingham Autumn Meet proved the perfect opportunity for Team Jorvik to do this in a fresh, new environment with some super-fast competition for our swimmers to pit themselves against.

Nonetheless, our swimmers had a very successful meet and scooped up a total of 27 medals between them. Alex M cleared the boards medalling in every single one of his four events (Silver - 200 IM, 50 back, 100 back, 100 free).  Medals were also won by Aidan F (Gold – 200 breast); Amy (Gold- 100 breast, 200 breast, Bronze – 50 breast); Callum (Gold – 100 back, 200 back, Silver – 50 back, Bronze – 200 free); Emma PD (Gold – 100 free, Silver – 200 free); Jake (Bronze – 200 back); Jess (Silver – 200 back); Joe C (Gold - 50 back, 100 back, 200 back, Silver – 100 fly, Bronze – 50 free, 200 fly); Laura (Gold – 50 free, Silver – 100 fly, 100 free, Bronze – 50 back, 200 back).

Of our younger swimmers Robyn stood out with PBs in each of her six events including an amazing 10 second PB in her 50 butterfly! She also attempted 100 fly for the first time earning a super new time. Aidan F, Callum and Jamie also each achieved a full set of PBs.

There were also some new qualifying times for the forthcoming Upper Age Group Winter Yorkshires and NERs. Jamie achieved his Yorkshire time with a smashing swim in the 50 fly while Cormac and Alex M gained new qualifying times in 50 back and 100 back respectively. Meanwhile Joe C clocked up another North East Regional qualifying time, this time in the 100 fly.

Some of our younger swimmers took the opportunity to tackle some of the longer events for the first time with Robbie tackling the 200 breast and 200 back and Alex T taking on the 200 free and 200 back, both swimming extremely well.

There was great excitement on Saturday as Callum qualified for the Skins event. In this event the fastest six swimmers from the 200IM heats compete on a given stroke determined by a coloured ball picked out of a hat. Callum did extremely well to qualify for this event. Unfortunately, he was knocked out after the first round which was breaststroke. However, he pocketed a nice sum of money for his trouble and provided much excitement for all of us spectators!