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British Gas National Age Group and Youth Championships

Issy with her two medals from 2011 Championships

The British Championships were split into 2 parts this year, the National Age Group Championships for 11 – 13 year olds and National Youth Championships for 14 – 18 year olds.

The Age Groups, from 20th July to the 25th July saw City of Chester Swimmer Isobel Thwaite (12) competing in 6 events, across the freestyle, backstroke and individual medley disciplines.

The first day was definitely the toughest of the programme for Issy, both in terms of the possibility of 6 swims (heats and finals) and also trying to overcome the nerves that come with competing at her first British Championships. Issy competed in the 200M Individual Medley, 100M Freestyle and 200M Backstroke in the Morning’s Heats and qualified for both the Freestyle and Backstroke finals. After swimming lifetime best times in both finals Issy finished 5th in the freestyle and 4th in the backstroke. The highest Chester performance in this age group for more than 6 years.

The 3 days following this saw Issy’s programme reduce to 1 event per day, plus finals for those events the same evening. Issy qualified for every final in new lifetime best times and produced even higher results in the 200m Freestyle – 5th and won Chester’s first medals in a national event for a number of years with two bronze medals in the 100m Backstroke and 400m Freestyle.
Issy’s efforts over the week also earned her 5th place in the overall “Top Girl” award.

City of Chester also finished 24th in the overall top women’s club event.

The National Youth Championships saw 2 COCSC athletes going Head to Head in their preferred Backstroke Events over 100 and 200 meters.

Nicky Ball and Lucy Doherty both 15 swam in the 200m Backstroke on the first day of the Championships, whilst both gained valuable experience in this event, both paid a little at the end of the race for starting too fast due to nerves. Both swims ended up just outside their entry times however both girls were excited and confident toward swimming the 100 meters at the end of the week.

Saturday came and the girls returned to the pool ready to compete and show off the speed that they had displayed earlier in the week, both girls swam lifetime best times in the heats, with Lucy advancing to the Semi finals and Nicky being invited back to the Semi final session as a reserve finalist after missing a spot by less than a tenth of a second.

In the 100m Backstroke Semi Finals Lucy swam another lifetime best and advanced to her first ever National Final to qualify 9th fastest.

In the Final Lucy swam yet another lifetime best time to hold her staring position and finish 9th. Her highest ever National Finish.

“Chief Coach Lee Holland is delighted with all 3 girls and is excited about the coming season - We have made some changes over the summer in order to ensure that we have more swimmers competing at this level of competition next season.”

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Nicky, Issy, Lucy

Lucy, Nicky, Lucy