The final weekend of this year’s Notts ASA County Champs took place at Mansfield this weekend. It got off to a great start with the distance freestyle events, with Josh Harris winning the senior boys 1500m Freestyle senior trophy and Yanna Mihaylova taking her place on the podium in the junior girls 800m Freestyle. Well done to both swimmers!
Other medallists in these events were Ryan Wilcox (3rd) and Summer Simpson (3rd). Well done also to Declan Guest who pulled out a cracking personal best, taking 35 seconds off his previous time.
The distance events decided the final overall placings in the NottsCat awards. These are awards for overall performance in several categories of individual event. (sprint, 100s, form, distance and medley). Massive congratulations to Ellie Loades who was crowned champion in the 10/11yr group. Congratulations also to Ryan Wilcox and Josh Harris who were runners-up in their respective age groups (15yr and 16/over).
The rest of the weekend was taken up with relay events. There was mixed success here. We saw some really exciting racing and many teams qualifying for finals but there was a smattering of disqualifications-mainly with excitement getting the better of the swimmers on take-overs! The highlight of the relays was victory (by 6sec!) for the 9/10-yr girls medley Jess Brandom, Alexandra Arlachova, Jess Cater and Evie Johnson). They also bagged silver in the freestyle relay. The 12/u girls teams also won 2 medals, silver in the medley (Jess Wright, Ellie Loades, Kate Morris, Emily Morris) and bronze in the freestyle (Emily, Lucy Mitchell, Ellie, Kate). Other teams qualified for finals but didn’t quite make it on to the podium-girls 14/u freestyle team (Yanna Mihaylova, Ella Beard, Summer Simpson, Olivia Humphrey) and the boys 16/u freestyle and medley teams (Ryan Wilcox, Michael Arlachov, Charlie Birch, Josh Harris). So a very exciting couple of days for the swimmers and supporters with loads of mad cheering and banging of thunder sticks.
Thanks to everyone for supporting the swimmers and the club. Thanks also to all those helping on poolside throughout the competition, coaches, team managers and officials. A real team effort!