Welsh Nationals Report

Welsh Summer Nationals 21st to 26th July 2012, Wales National Pool, Swansea

The Wales National Pool in Swansea was the setting for this annual British Gas Swim Wales Summer National Long Course event for both Age Group and Youth Swimmers. This is a weeklong event within the excellent facilities at Sketty Lane.

Three LVSC youth swimmers made the long journey south west to attend this year. Emily Walsh (14yrs, seven days prior to the competition), the youngest of the three and the only girl, undertook a schedule of 10 events, although this increased to 11 with the addition of one final. Liam Noonan (16yrs) and Jordan Strathon (15yrs), both in the 15/16yrs age group, had seven and five swims respectively.

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There was a good start on the first day of competition with reserve final places for Emily in both the 50 breaststroke and 200 fly and for Liam in the 200 fly. Regrettably all places in the finals were filled. This was, however, a good learning curve for young Emily, who moved up to the Vulcan’s performance squad at the end of January this year. Jordan, competing in the 1500m free in the afternoon session, also started brightly by improving on his entry placing to finish 7th, with a new long course PB.

Over the next few days significant gains were made by Emily; in particular in the freestyle events which have always proved fairly elusive. There was a significant PB over 200 metres on both the long and converted short course time. The 800 freestyle was a superb swim against a fellow competitor aged 16 who just touched Emily out, once again with a PB.

The two boys had mixed results through the week, with most swims being on or around their entry times. Highlights after the first day being the 100 free and 100 back in which Liam improved on his entry placings in new long course PBs, and Jordan just missing out on the final for the 200 backstroke, despite being some way off his PB.

Emily’s week ended with a place in the 14/15 years 200 breaststroke final, coming fourth, just outside the medals in this age group.

Overall it was a long, very hot and tiring week, in part due to the brilliant sunshine which never seemed to fade!

The swimmers would like to thank the Coaches, Ben Strathon and Jez Noonan, for their support and encouragement.