Head Coach Rpt
The Blacklion Development Meet started off like any other one day meet with a relatively early start. We started a new system where we created a buddy system pairing up established swimmers with those less established or totally new to the world of competitive swimming. This was to reduce the levels of stress in the new swimmers and I think that it worked rather well. The management of this was overseen by the captains. We were fortunate enough to have had both our ladies captain and vice captain to assist with this and they worked really well together.
We put together a team of coaches/teachers who had set rolls. This worked really well and provided us with everything that we needed. We were able to get most of the times as well as communicate before and after the races with most of the swimmers. This is a method that we should adopt for all our events going forward.
Our swimmers converted 55% of swims to PB’s (personal best times) 43 out of 78 swims. We had 7% DQ’s mostly from our younger swimmers as a direct result of inexperience, but there was one or two which left us scratching our heads. 8% of the events entered weren’t swum, this was partly due to the over running of the meet . It was a long day for all of us with the meet over running both in the morning and the afternoon, the last event finishing about 8pm.
Overall a good meet from us with a good mix of younger and older swimmers. We did lack in the boys department though as the boys were severely outnumbered by the girls. Our next development meet we should aim to put a bigger team together, it is always more enjoyable with a bigger team.
Selected Members of the Kent Intercounties Team 2019 including Brandon - pictured on the last Saturday of #Kents2020. Kent finished 4th.
Well done to Caitlin, Brandon and Pete at Swim England Intercounties Champs on Sunday 7th Oct. Kent came 3rd!!
The latest from Pete at Swim England Nationals in Sheffield
Full results are here:
PONDS FORGE, SHEFFIELD Friday 2/8/19
Morning heats saw Beachfield’s Brandon Harris make the finals of the boys 16 yrs 50 bk in 10th place. Genny Hunter was just off pb in the MC 400 free representing Tonbridge. The final saw Brandon (BSS) in lane 9 as an outside smoker step up and improve his heat time placing 5th and a new pb just missing out on 3rd and a bronze by .21 of a second
Erin Nisbet(TSC) lined up in lane 4 the woman 14 yrs 50 brst getting off to a great start Erin led from the first stroke finishing strongly to win the heat by nearly a second and a 1 and half second pb Erin went in to the final in second place by a couple of tenths. Brandon Harris(BSS) was next up in the mens 16 yrs 50 brst In lane 7 Brandon performed a sold heat swim making the final in 9th place just 7 hundredths off pb. Callie Anne representing KWSS swam her way to the final of the woman’s 18 and over 100 free with much better swim than her 50 the week before at British.
Erin representing Tonbridge stormed to silver in the woman 14 yrs 50 brst , Brandon representing Beachfield stepped up again in the final improving his time and gaining a new pb in the mens 16 yrs 50 brst to place 8th. Callie Ann representing KWSS placed 10th in the 18 yrs and over 100 free.
All swimmers made finals - a full house
Genny goes in the 100 bk on the last day tomorrow
More pics from the regionals! Thanks to Cyndie.
Well done to all BSS swimmers as part of the KWSS team at Youth Regionals in Wycombe. Some great news! Callie won gold in 50m Fr and Silver in 100m Fr. Genny won a silver medal in 400m Fr and a bronze medal in 200IM. Brandon made 2 finals finishing 5th in 50m Ba and 7th in 50m Br. Callie gained 2 club records in 50m Fr and 100m Fr and Brandon 3 club Records in 50Fr (1st leg relay), 200Br and 50Ba. Dual BSS member Ollie Isaacs also swam in 2 individual races. Full results are here:
The boys 14-16 relay team was on entry time for 4x100Fr and beat it in 4x100Medley and included Brandon, Josh and Ollie I. The girls 14-16 relay team was on entry time for its two races. This team included Lily and Grace. Huge thanks to Richard, Kim and Cyndie for looking after the swimmers. Here are some pictures:
Well done to the Medway ASA team who retained the Lumbres Cup at the weekend in France. This team included 11 BSS swimmers! Big thanks to Medway captains Alison and Mark, and also to Lisa and Colin Booth. Results are here .
Really well done to Genny in Liverpool! See coach report below. Fantastic results.
Time Trials 2019
We are going to hold time trials for Green hats to Silver Hats 3 times a year in addition to the squad championships.
We have decided the first one will be on Sunday the 3rd of March at 08.00am. All groups should arrive before 8.00 to be able to start the warm up on time so we can fit as many races in as possible. This includes the oranges and Maroons who usually start at 9.00. For those groups who finish at 9.00 you should expect to stay for the two hours so your races can be spread across the two hours to give plenty of rest to achieve great times.
The top squad will be still training so there will be a minimum of 3 lanes used for the time trial.
We will look to put a programme together of 25m, 50m and 100m races for the different hats depending on the colour of the hat and where they should be in their progress.
Time trials are an important part of the progression of a swimmer and particularly for the younger swimmers to give them an opportunity to start to understand what would happen in a gala.
We will need parents to help with time keeping and keeping the children motivated during the breaks between races so volunteers will be really appreciated.
We look forward to seeing you all there.
Well done to Brandon (and Caitlin of TSC!) at Swim England SC Champs at the weekend. A full report is below. Congratulations to both.
Well done to Genny at the National Para Swimming Champs in Manchester on 1st and 2nd Dec L1. Coach report and Photo are here. Great stuff from Genny - 5 golds and one silver plus 3 PBS. Fabulous - a huge thanks to Ross her big brother and coach.
Great results from the two NASL galas on Saturday . At Medway Pk the Green team came 2nd and at Eastbourne the Black team came 3rd. What a really great start!
Team reports are here:
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