A total of 30 Ilkeston swimmers competed in the annual Derbyshire County Championships, held over the two weekends of 16th and 23rd of February at the ARC in Matlock, with fast swimming and great results. Swimmers of all ages produced some amazing performances, showing a lot of determination and will to win, combined with skills and fitness improvements after finishing a hard preparation training cycle. The Club was rewarded with a huge 91% personal best rate over the 1st weekend, followed by 84% over the 2nd, with 51 swims across 40 finals and 34 County Championship medals won:
James Wright – Gold in 50m breaststroke, 800m freestyle
Silver in 100m and 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 100m backstroke
Bronze in 50m, 200m and 400m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m back, 100m breast
Eja Coe – Gold in 200m breaststroke
Silver in 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, 100m back, 1500m free, 400m ind medley
Bronze in 50m backstroke
McKinley Cotton – Silver in 200m individual medley, 100m butterfly,
Bronze in 100m and 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly
Fred Buckingham – Silver in 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly,
Bronze in 100m individual medley, 200m breaststroke
Leo Allanson – Silver in 100m butterfly
Bronze in 50m backstroke, 200m individual medley
Louie Stadler – Silver in 800m and 1500m freestyle
Lewis Brown – Silver in 1500m freestyle
Joshua Bestwick – Silver in 400m individual medley
Also, qualifying times for the East Mids Championships in April were achieved by;
Erin Pickard and Erica Beharall for the first time.
James Wright, Eja Coe, Caoimbhe Kirkland, Leo Allanson and Fred Buckingham.
For a small Club, it was a great achievement with each swimmer deserving a mention for great racing, making it too difficult to choose a ‘Swimmer of the Meet’! Well done to; Leo Charlesworth, Alfie Brown, Oliver Macey, Finley O’Neil, Louie Stadler, Fred Buckingham, Ollie Palmer, Leo Allanson, Lewis Brown, George Buckingham, James Wright, George Riley, Ryan Kirk, Elliot Bestwick, Joshua Bestwick, Emmi Charlesworth, Ella Sloan, McKinley Cotton, Freya Miller, Arwen Moore, Caoimbhe Kirkland, Eja Coe, Alicia Bull, Erin Pickard, Erica Beharall, Holly Dobbs, Erin Miller, Delainey Cotton, Eve Beharall, Sophie Jackson.
A big thank you goes out to:
Coaches – Richard Tomlinson, Steph Brown, Dan Sloan
Team Managers – Victoria Bull, Claire Cotton, Kay Charlesworth, Leeann Pickard, Kate Beharall, Isobel Coe
Ilkeston Parents who volunteered to officiate over the two weekends and for all parents continuing support.
After taking on the Head Coach role 5 months ago, Richard Tomlinson has seen the swimmers build in confidence, with recent success in the Arena League, Derbyshire Sprints, Rotherham Meet and now Derbyshire County Championships. Richard has introduced some big changes in the reconstruction of squads and training cycles, with the swimmers rising to the new challenges. Ilkeston Swimming Club has a Development Programme from young swimmers, new to competition, to the top end of competitive swimming, with a great group of Coaching Staff, Committee Members and Parents working hard to support and further develop the success of the Club.