SC Winter Nationals report

The ASA Winter Meet 2015 - Short Course Nationals - took place in Sheffield from the 17th to the 20th of December 2015.

Four swimmers, two National debutants, from Lincoln Vulcans Swimming Club (Vulcans) descended on Ponds Forge International Sports Centre to battle it out with competitors from 270 other swimming clubs from across the UK, setting a total of 7 Personal Best times and two B Final appearances in the open contest.

The opening day saw Abi Burr and Tara Haworth compete in the 200m Butterfly, quickly followed by the 200 IM. Burr swam a new personal best in the FLY, beating her previous standard by a whopping 1.9 seconds. Burr was still carrying excitement into the 200IM and tightened up to finish just outside her best. Haworth, who had recently returned from Edinburgh having claimed her Scottish Junior Champion title, was a little off the pace in the 200 FLY her favoured event and produced a similar performance in the IM.

On day 2, both Burr and Haworth set personal bests in the 100 IM with Burr in action soon after in the 800m Freestyle in which she finished agonisingly outside her best. Howarth’s performance earned her a second swim in the B final in which she smashed her newly achieved PB by another 0.97seconds!

Day 3 saw National debutants Ollie Taylor and Cameron Chow compete in the mens 100m IM. A PB for Ollie and a lesson on kit management for Cameron! Burr contested the 400FR but struggled to find form. Haworth upped her performance in the 100FLY just 0.3 off her best.

The final day of competition saw Chow deliver a very strong 200m BR right from the off! He PB’d on his 50m split and 100m split before continuing the trend to PB on the full 200m distance. Burr was fighting off illness to compete in the 400m IM and 200m FR with both events showing improvements and encouraging signs. Haworth’s solid swim in the 400m IM earned her a second appearance in a B Final. The final swim saw Haworth really take the event on from the front, leading the pack after the FLY and finishing second overall, knocking over three and half seconds off her best time!

Head coach, Michael Glossop commented: “I’m really impressed with how the boys managed the emotion of their nationals debut to set new PB’s and enjoy the experience. I feel for Abi as she started brilliantly in the 200m FLY but was fighting illness from then on and couldn't produce her best. She did learn how to manage a week of competition with highs and lows however which is key going forwards. Tara demonstrated great bounce-back-ability. We got the training wrong between her Scottish Nationals and the ASA meet so it took a couple of days for her to find form again but I’m really impressed with how she responded.”