Royals Chase the Competition Away

Royals Chase the Competition Away

After 9 weeks of the season the elite Royals officially kicked of the competition calendar on the 3rd - 4th November with a trip to Central baths in Wolverhampton to compete in the Chase Roebuck 2012 Open Meet.  For the past two years this meet has been the opening meet which gives our swimmers a chance to show case their talents to the local swimmers in the area

, but more importantly, it is the chance to begin the process of putting together race strategies and practice skills that have been identified as areas to improve since the National Championships in July. This was the first opportunity to transfer them from the training pool into the race pool.

As it is still very early in the season the coaching staff wanted the meet to be tough for the swimmers so that they had to stand up and perform when they are tired, so there would be no resting and no let-up in the work in the run up to the meet. This meant that while the rest of the competitors were in bed the Royal swimmers began their day well before the sun rose. In the cold and dark the tough Royals were training before the meet started, still been pushed, still been driven by the coaches to aim for perfection.

The meet got off to a steady start with the first wins of the morning coming half way through the first event. Casey Barrett stepped up to win the 13 boys 400 Freestyle, but not to be out done, his training partner Mitch Page stood up with one of the outstanding swims of the meet to back end his race and destroy the field to lift the 14 boys 400 Freestyle title. Once the boys had nudged the ball rolling or in Mitch's case blasted it moving the wins started to come.

Niamh Hofland stood up with an amazing demonstration of IM swimming beating the rest of the 10 year old swimmers by 10 seconds and the most of the 11 year olds too in the 200 IM. This swim defiantly deserved a few rings on the cow bell. Niamh was also the only swimmers to go through the whole meet been undefeated and achieve a 100 % PB success rate. She entered 7 events and finished top in all of them.

Alice Dearing and Kieran Smith had mighty impressive swims in the 400 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly respectively. Both swimmers appeared to play with the opposition in the first half of their races staying in the pack and look to be giving the opposition a chance. But at the half way marker both swimmers turned on the after burners and swam away from the field leaving no doubt who has the better race strategy.

There were also very good debut performances for Megan Willets in the 200 IM and fellow debutant Chloe Bate who took gold and silver respectively. By know the wins were coming and the cow bell was chiming around the pool as we racked up win after win.

Holly Shepherd, Lilyella Craw-Seaman, Kieran Smith, Courteney Price, James Robinson, Sophie Long, Courtney Poxon and Grace Conlon all added to the 45 Gold medals won by the Royal swimmers over the weekend but despite amassing a total medal hall of 88 medals and Kieran Smith being awarded the overall Top Boy Award the Royals were just piped to second place in the overall top club competition by Northampton swimming club who had a considerably larger number of swimmer than we did in the younger end of the competition. 

Full Competition Results

Swimmers NameAgedDistanceStrokeTimePB (Secs)DateMedalPosition
Casey Barrett 13 100 Freestyle 01:01.37 4.15 04/11/12 Silver 2nd
Lilyella Craw-Seaman 13 100 Freestyle 01:03.30 1.65 03/11/12 Gold 1st
Mitch Page 14 100 Freestyle 00:59.33 2.38 04/11/12   4th
Megan Willetts 14 100 Freestyle 01:03.26   03/11/12    
Courteney Price 14 100 Freestyle 01:03.34   03/11/12 Bronze 3rd
Alice Dearing 15 100 Freestyle 01:02.44 1.22 03/11/12 Bronze 3rd
Sophie Long 17 100 Freestyle 01:01.93   03/11/12 Silver 2nd
Niamh Hofland 10 200 Freestyle 02:31.27 17.64 04/11/12 Gold 1st
Casey Barrett 13 200 Freestyle 02:08.56 7.54 04/11/12 Silver 2nd
Holly Shepherd 13 200 Freestyle 02:14.46 3.06 04/11/12 Silver 2nd
Lilyella Craw-Seaman 13 200 Freestyle 02:14.91 2.13 04/11/12 Bronze 3rd
Mitch Page 14 200 Freestyle 02:06.40 2.71 04/11/12 Bronze 3rd
Megan Willetts 14 200 Freestyle 02:14.70   04/11/12 Silver 2nd
Courteney Price 14 200 Freestyle 02:16.45   04/11/12 Bronze 3rd
Alice Dearing 15 200 Freestyle 02:08.81 2.60 04/11/12 Gold 1st
Sophie Long 17 200 Freestyle 02:08.87   04/11/12 Silver 2nd
Niamh Hofland 10 400 Freestyle 05:11.51 38.56 04/11/12 Gold 1st
Sam Page 11 400 Freestyle 05:45.94   03/11/12   7th
Casey Barrett 13 400 Freestyle 04:32.68 11.44 03/11/12 Gold 1st
Lilyella Craw-Seaman 13 400 Freestyle 04:35.31 7.72 04/11/12 Silver 2nd
Holly Shepherd 13 400 Freestyle 04:38.71 7.08 04/11/12 Bronze 3rd
Mitch Page 14 400 Freestyle 04:23.51 3.27 03/11/12 Gold 1st
Megan Willetts 14 400 Freestyle 04:42.54   04/11/12 Silver 2nd
Courteney Price 14 400 Freestyle 04:42.58   04/11/12 Bronze 3rd
Alice Dearing 15 400 Freestyle 04:24.63 5.66 04/11/12 Gold 1st
Sophie Long 17 400 Freestyle 04:31.75   04/11/12 Bronze 3rd
Holly Shepherd 13 100 Backstroke 01:07.84   03/11/12 Gold 1st
Casey Barrett 13 100 Backstroke 01:11.20 0.84 03/11/12 Gold 1st
Lilyella Craw-Seaman 13 100 Backstroke 01:11.60   03/11/12 Silver 2nd
Mitch Page 14 100 Backstroke 01:06.59 1.82 03/11/12   4th
Courteney Price 14 100 Backstroke 01:07.88   03/11/12 Gold 1st
Megan Willetts 14 100 Backstroke 01:10.44   03/11/12 Bronze 3rd
Niamh Hofland 10 200 Backstroke 02:47.99 20.34 04/11/12 Gold 1st
Sam Page 11 200 Backstroke 03:01.69   04/11/12   4th
Holly Shepherd 13 200 Backstroke 02:20.10   04/11/12 Gold 1st
Lilyella Craw-Seaman 13 200 Backstroke 02:27.67 2.71 04/11/12 Silver 2nd
Casey Barrett 13 200 Backstroke 02:31.67   04/11/12 Silver 2nd
Mitch Page 14 200 Backstroke 02:20.49 1.00 04/11/12   5th
Courteney Price 14 200 Backstroke 02:26.25   04/11/12 Gold 1st
Megan Willetts 14 200 Backstroke 02:27.16   04/11/12 Silver 2nd
Alice Dearing 15 200 Backstroke 02:30.28 6.01 04/11/12   4th
Sam Page 11 100 Breaststroke 01:38.50   04/11/12   5th
Mitch Page 14 100 Breaststroke 01:19.02   04/11/12 Bronze 3rd
Megan Willetts 14 100 Breaststroke 01:23.49   04/11/12 Silver 2nd
Sophie Long 17 100 Breaststroke 01:18.55 0.38 04/11/12 Bronze 3rd
Niamh Hofland 10 200 Breaststroke 03:18.17 31.05 03/11/12 Gold 1st
Sam Page 11 200 Breaststroke 03:25.77   03/11/12   5th
Alice Dearing 15 200 Breaststroke 02:58.18   03/11/12   5th
Sophie Long 17 200 Breaststroke 02:50.59   03/11/12   4th
Niamh Hofland 10 100 Butterfly 01:20.92   04/11/12 Gold 1st
Lilyella Craw-Seaman 13 100 Butterfly 01:09.74 5.26 04/11/12 Gold 1st
Casey Barrett 13 100 Butterfly 01:11.25 1.69 03/11/12 Silver 2nd
Holly Shepherd 13 100 Butterfly 01:11.54 1.17 04/11/12 Silver 2nd
Mitch Page 14 100 Butterfly 01:06.76 3.79 03/11/12 Gold 1st
Courteney Price 14 100 Butterfly 01:10.44   04/11/12 Gold 1st
Megan Willetts 14 100 Butterfly 01:12.74   04/11/12 Bronze 3rd
Alice Dearing 15 100 Butterfly 01:08.08 0.32 04/11/12 Bronze 3rd
Sophie Long 17 100 Butterfly 01:06.24   04/11/12 Gold 1st
Niamh Hofland 10 200 Butterfly 02:57.81 42.36 03/11/12 Gold 1st
Lilyella Craw-Seaman 13 200 Butterfly 02:32.08 14.37 03/11/12 Gold 1st
Casey Barrett 13 200 Butterfly 02:34.70 11.89 04/11/12 Gold 1st
Holly Shepherd 13 200 Butterfly 02:38.75   03/11/12   4th
Courteney Price 14 200 Butterfly 02:37.74   03/11/12 Gold 1st
Alice Dearing 15 200 Butterfly 02:25.51 5.32 03/11/12 Gold 1st
Sophie Long 17 200 Butterfly 02:25.82 4.18 03/11/12 Silver 2nd
Niamh Hofland 10 200 Individual Medley 02:49.29 25.13 03/11/12 Gold 1st
Sam Page 11 200 Individual Medley 03:05.87   03/11/12   6th
Casey Barrett 13 200 Individual Medley 02:26.51 7.96 03/11/12 Gold 1st
Holly Shepherd 13 200 Individual Medley 02:28.24   03/11/12 Gold 1st
Lilyella Craw-Seaman 13 200 Individual Medley 02:30.50 9.01 03/11/12 Silver 2nd
Mitch Page 14 200 Individual Medley 02:24.63 3.36 03/11/12 Gold 1st
Megan Willetts 14 200 Individual Medley 02:32.74   03/11/12 Gold 1st
Alice Dearing 15 200 Individual Medley 02:30.56 8.06 03/11/12 Bronze 3rd
Sophie Long 17 200 Individual Medley 02:27.89   03/11/12 Silver 2nd
Niamh Hofland 10 400 Individual Medley 05:54.14   03/11/12 Gold 1st
Sam Page 11 400 Individual Medley 06:37.20   04/11/12   4th
Casey Barrett 13 400 Individual Medley 05:08.38 7.35 04/11/12 Gold 1st
Holly Shepherd 13 400 Individual Medley 05:12.27   03/11/12 Gold 1st
Lilyella Craw-Seaman 13 400 Individual Medley 05:16.57 14.86 03/11/12 Silver 2nd
Mitch Page 14 400 Individual Medley 04:57.71 6.41 04/11/12 Gold 1st
Megan Willetts 14 400 Individual Medley 05:21.64   03/11/12 Gold 1st
Alice Dearing 15 400 Individual Medley 05:12.78 0.60 03/11/12 Bronze 3rd
Sophie Long 17 400 Individual Medley 05:08.54   03/11/12 Silver 2nd

Overall the entire meet was a positive start to the season, a chance to shake off the cobwebs and get back to racing after nearly three months off. It's always good to come away from a meet with a feel good factor as it helps with the long months of hard work that is going to come overwinter.

Head Coach Nathan Hilton said:

It's also positive to see that the swimmers are attempting to take on board some of the things that we are working on but there needs to be a lot more focus in training if we are really going to be serious players on the big stage this year.


Next up Regional Short Course Championships in the first weekend of December at Corby.

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