Llanelli Open 7-8
Nikki Thompson writes
57 swimmers entered from the D squads and J2 travelled to Llanelli for the meet. Most swimmers
achieved personal best times in all their events. Congratulation to the medallists Caitlin Xerri, Harriet
Jones, Megan O’Brien, Rhys Palfrey, Helen James, Shannon Brookman and other finalists Eve Ash, James
Davies, Thomas Dootson, Rachael Flaherty, David Flanigan, Rebecca Pauley, Megan Squire and Cara
It was a pity that more 10 and under swimmers did not enter the event – only six were there and this was
an excellent meet for the younger developing swimmers. Information about gala entry is given below.
WISE Schools Meet – 14th
Swimmers were selected from those who competed in the Welsh Schools and Winter Wasas in November
Glyn Chishom-Jones, Alex Finn, Seren Jones, Sophia Pauley, Otto Putland and Samantha Ventrice swam
for Welsh Schools in the WISE (Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England) International Swimming competition
on the 14th
March. Glyn, Seren, and Sophia all swam personal best times, Sophia achieving her first NQT.
England was the top scoring club on the day but an exciting and enjoyable time was had by all
On Tuesday 24th March, 2 swimmers, Ieuan Lloyd and Danielle Stirrat performed exhibition swims at an
event to celebrate the 1st
anniversary of the CIP. Both swimmers achieved Welsh Junior Records. In
addition 120 swimmers were involved in mixed freestyle and medley relays.
Tiger Bay Meet –27th
Congratulations to Montana Deacon and Aeron Campbell who achieved Top Girl and Top Boy
respectively at the meet.
The organisers were delighted at the success of the meet but are striving to make it even better next time.
Thank you to all those who volunteered – your help was essential.
Welsh Age Group and Youth – Easter 2009
Four long days of competition over Easter, requiring considerable stamina from swimmers and parents,
officials and other volunteers. The officials were certainly flagging by the last session – from 3
timekeepers a lane and a turn judge on each lane on day 1 of the meet to 1 time-keeper per lane and only 3
turn judges for all 8 lanes. Rhys Jones was one of those three turn judges, both swimming and officiating
at the event – quite an achievement.
The relays were particularly exciting – City of Cardiff won 10 out of 12, with some very exciting finishes,
showing determination and teamwork. The girls teams won all their races – in the girls 14 -17 Medley
relay, Sian Harkin caught up at least 1/3 of a length on the Bridgend freestyler to win the race – an
incredibly swim with a pb split. The girls 4 X 100m relay achieved a time of 3.58.99. The club is looking
forward to representation and success in the National Age Group relays this year.
There were many excellent individual swims by Cardiff swimmers in the meet, numerous finalists and
medallists which are detailed in the individual results list on the website. A few examples – Alistair
Richards’ (age 13) superb 800m swim in the 13 – 14 years age-group, breaking the all-time club record;
the trio of medallists from Cardiff in the 16 -17 girls 200 breaststroke – Nicole Gooding, Bronwen Martin
and Megan Lloyd; three 11 year old girls – Montanna Deacon, Mollie Powell and Shannon Brookman
made finals this year.
National Swimming League ‘B’ Final – April 26th
City of Cardiff swimming club flew the Welsh flag in Sheffield last weekend. Having just failed to qualify
for the A final at Christmas with the top 10 clubs in Britain, they were determined to prove themselves the
best of the rest in competing with the next 10 top clubs in the “B” final of the National League.
This competition was as lively as swimming gets, with supporters for each team in club kit with mascots
and loud horns blaring. Each race in the 3 hour program provides points towards the final total
determining the overall winner. There are 10 points for first place, down to 1 for 10th
and zero for a
disqualification. Prizes included the overall winner, the winner of the relay challenge (based on all the
times of the relay teams added together for each club) and even a best supporters trophy! Age groups
include 11 and under, 13 and under, 15 and under and open.
After a good opening swim with a 3rd
place in the 200m IM from Danielle Stirrat swimming up in the open
age group followed by a full 10 points from Olympic athlete Tom Haffield in the second event, confidence
was high. However, apart from a few good placings in the early relays which included a Welsh junior
record for Ieuan Lloyd in the 50 m freestyle in the first leg of the boys 4X50 freestyle relay, some mid and
low positions began to see Cardiff slip from the top, with City of Salford starting to pull ahead.
Otto Putland injected some more pride into the team with a win in the 15 and under in event 16, the boys
100m backstroke. However, wherever Cardiff scored high, City of Salford was close behind, and with 10
events to go City of Salford still held onto the lead. Some good final performances with an excellent
exhibition in the last few relays from City of Cardiff, however gave Cardiff a victory not only in the
overall competition but also in the Relay Challenge! Despite a huge cheer from Cardiff supporters when
their team raised the Welsh Flag, the supporter’s trophy went to Leatherhead pirates, several of whom
came dressed as pirates for the occasion.
Notable performances included individual wins for Thomas Haffield in the 200 IM, Otto Putland in the 15
and under 100m Back and Ieuan Lloyd in the 15 and under 100m breast and 100m fly. Imogen Pauley
gained second places in the 11 and under 50m fly and the 50m free. Third places were obtained by Tom
Greenfield in the open fly, Jenna Hussey in the 13 and under 100m back and 100m fly races and Sian
Harkin in the 15 and under 100m free. Danielle Stirrat gained third places in the open 200m IM 100m
Back and the 100m free despite swimming up from her age group and swimming a gruelling schedule of 7