Despite Friday’s electrical fire and the threat of severe weather, the New Year Pentathlon went ahead as planned at the Wales National Pool Swansea on Saturday 14th January. A team of 11 ADASC members made the trip south, and they all put in a fantastic effort for this tough event – 100m in each of the strokes followed by a 200m IM. For several of the swimmers, this was their first long course experience, but after first warm up they all seemed very relaxed!
First up was the event that most were nervous of; the 100m Fly! Despite the worry, there were some impressive times. Tirion, Elen and Aimee recorded their first LC times, finishing in 2:01.00, 1:48.01 and 2:03.92 respectively. Leanna gained the best PB out of the girls, finishing in 1:21.52. For the boys, both Finlay (2:36.19) and Aidan (1:54.01) finished 5th in their age groups.
For the 100m Backstroke Tirion swam a good PB (1:49.96). Elen finished 14th in the competitive 12 year old age group, with a time of 1:36.40 – well below her previous best time. Leanna finished a creditable 4th (1:21.15), while Aidan swam 1:38.28, handing him 5th place. Joseph just missed out on a PB but his 1:26.76 gave him 2nd place.
The second session began with 100m Breaststroke. Lila and Freya lined up 2 lanes apart in the same heat and had an excellent battle throughout. Lila just edged it in 1:39.14, 2nd place overall, with Freya close behind in 3rd with 1:39.72. The battle of the sisters continued, with Leanna and Selena in lanes 1 and 2 of the same heat. This time Selena came out on top finishing in 1:43.16, giving her 6th place overall. Louis and Finlay posted their first times for this distance, Louis finishing 8th in 2:02.80. Aidan knocked half a minute off his PB with 1:57.79.
In the 100m Freestyle both Tirion (1:32.75) and Aimee (1:30.41) registered excellent PBs, finishing 13th and 16th in age group respectively. Freya came 4th in 1:16.76, Lila 10th in 1:19.82 and Elen 12th in 1:21.15, another good PB. Leanna came 3rd with a PB of 1:13.66 and Selena 5th in 1:14.02. Aidan and Louis lined up alongside each other with Aidan finishing 6th in 1:24.33, and Louis posting 1:38.26 – both excellent PBs. Finlay smashed his previous best time and finished 4th overall with an excellent 1:27.32. Joseph finished in 1:12.57, again taking 2nd place.
The tired swimmers had a short break before warm up for the final session, with just the gruelling 200m IM to go! There were PBs galore for the girls, and particularly impressive was Elen who took more than half a minute off her previous best time, posting 3:26.56. Freya (3:17.38) touched just ahead of Lila (3:17.91) in this event, both times PBs. Selena finished 8th in 3:12.97. Louis came 5th in 4:00.68 and Aidan 6th in 3:30.48. Joseph finished 2nd with a time of 3:06.29.
There were plenty of excellent performances by the ADASC swimmers throughout the day in a very competitive meet, and thankfully there were not many DQs. The final Pentathlon standings were: Tirion 15th (Girls 10), Aimee 18th (Girls 11), Lila 9th, Freya 10th and Elen 13th (all girls 12), Selena 7th and Leanna 13th (Girls 14), Louis 6th and Finlay 9th (Boys 10), Aidan 6th (Boys 12) and Joseph 1st (Boys 13). Well done Joseph, and well done to all for putting in such a brilliant effort!
On the weekend of 6-8 November three seniors swimmers from Aberystwyth Swimming Club travelled to compete in the Level 2 Cardiff Short Course Gala.
Sioned Wallwork entered one race the 400 IM which is a tough race requiring skill across the 4 strokes, Sioned swam well in a time of 5.54.66 (14th place). Sioned then went on to run in the Gwent League and set a personal best time there.
Mali Jones had a strong gala with three races starting with the 800 freestyle which requires endurance and pace which she swam in her pb time, a great swim. She then swam the 100 freestyle in a personal best time of 1:06:22 and 400 freestyle in a great 12 second personal best time of 4:51:21. Both races were swum well by Mali with skill and effort.
Steffan Herdman competed in a total of 7 races over the weekend setting personal best times in them all. He started with the 1500 freestyle race which demands a lot of the swimmer. Steffan swam this in a 48 second personal best time of 17:38:48 and first place securing the gold medal. He also competed in the 400 IM with a 13 second personal best time of 5:01:12; 50 free at 26.85; 50 fly 29.62; 100 backstroke 1:08:62; 200 fly in 2.28.47 (7 second pb) and 400 freestyle in a smashing time of 4:28:11. A great weekend of personal best times.
Well done to the three swimmers who will be competing in the Welsh Winter Nationals in Swansea in December. Go team!
Swim Conwy Autumn Meet 17 and 18 October
16 Aberystwyth swimmers travelled to the Llandudno swimming centre for the Swim Conwy Autumn meet which was one of the club's targeted meets for the seniors and TAG and JAG swimmers who met the qualifying times. The swimming centre is specially built for swim training and competitions and is said to be the fastest short course pool in Wales. It features two 25metre pools including one with a floor which can be raised to cover the pool when not in use.
This level 2 gala was very competitive with some fast swimmers attending. The men's 50 freestyle was won in 24 seconds! Well done to our swimmers who achieved medals, Bethan Benham (bronze and pbs in the 800 free and 200 free), Mali Jones bronze and 26 second pb to 10:09.79 in 800 free and bronze medal and a 20 second pb for 10 year old Holly-Ellice Jones in the 200IM in 3:28.29. Bethan was also second in the top girl awards for her age group. Tia Woolley and Steffan Herdman had a particularly good gala with Tia achieving pbs in all 10 of her swims and Steff achieving pbs in all 5 of his swims.
Some of the swimmers passed 'milestone' times with Alaw Davies (34:31) and Lisa Davies (33:41) getting under 35 seconds for 50 freestyle and Alex (37.84) and Robert Glasser (37.60) getting under 40 seconds. Tia Wooley (1:19.11) and Leanna Williams 1:19.60 swam under 1:20 for 100 free. Ffion Ducket took her 100 free time to 1:11.35 so we can look forward to seeing her go under 1:10 in the near future. Congratulations to Talesia Janes who swam 29.82 for 50 freestyle and is the only girl in the club under 30 seconds for this event.
Rebecca Glasser, Max Glasser, and Bethan Benham were able to update some old short course times some going back to the Bangor Diddy gala in 2012. Bethan (40.77) and Beca (43.61) enjoyed 8 second pbs on 50 breaststroke and Max 6 seconds on 50 fly (32:17).
There were some strong backstroke swims from Max Glasser with a 6 second pb on 200 back (2:33.17), Selena Williams 2 second pb on 50 back (43.02) and 4 second pb on 100 back 1:31.48, Tia Woolley 15 second pb on 200 back (3:18.82) and Leanna Williams 3 second pb on 50 back (40.89). In the breaststroke Alaw Davies took 3 seconds off her 50m time to 50.07 and 6 seconds off her 100m time in 1:45.61. Tia Woolley took 24 seconds off her 200 breaststroke taking her to 3:20.28, Robert Glasser 8 seconds off his 50 breast taking him to 45.91 and Sioned Wallwork completed the 200 breastroke in a very fast pb of 3:11.26.
In the butterfly Bethan Benham took 6 seconds off her 100 fly time in 1:16.77, Alex Glasser took 18 seconds off his 50 fly in 51.68 and in the 100 fly Tia Woolley (1:39.87) and Leanna Williams (1:38.82) both took 7 seconds off their personal best times. There were also some good performances in the 200m individual medley. In addition to Holly's strong performance Lisa Davies (3:21.59) and Leanna Williams (3:17.40) both had 8 second pbs, Max Glasser a 2 second pb in 2:35.78, Robert Glasser 6 second pb in 3:27.83 and Tia Woolley 9 second pb in 3:09.67.
All of our swimmers performed well and between them achieved a total of 71 short course personal best times.
Mali Jones and Steffan Herdman from Aberystwyth Swimming Club achieved great success qualifying and competing in the
Swim Wales Elite Open Water Swimming Competition on 4th of July 2015. The Competition was held in Tredegar Country Park, it was a very wet, cold and windy day which made the conditions tough for the competitors. The water temperature was 17 degrees so no wetsuits were allowed so it took a great deal of determination, resilience and skill to complete the open water challenge.
Mali Jones competed in the women's 1500 metre race. This consisted of 2 laps around the circuit circling 2 islands and battling against strong currents and waves. Mali completed this in a time of 24:28:55. Well done Mali a great achievement.
Steffan Herdman competed in the elite 3 kilometre race which was gruelling and demanded a great deal of skills from Steffan. Steffan completed four circuits of the course to complete the 3k race. He completed the race in a time of 45:51:14, a fantastic seventh position.
Mali and Steffan said that the conditions in the lake were really difficult with a great deal of weeds as well as strong currents and very choppy conditions. Both said that they had enjoyed the challenge and thanked the coaching team at Aberystwyth for their continued support and guidance.
On the weekend of 29-31 May May 9 Aberystwyth swimmers competed in the Level 1 Cardiff International Long Course Meet. This meet attracts swimmer who compete at the highest levels in the UK and our swimmers did themselves and the club proud.
The meet started with Steffan competing in the first race of the day on Friday - the 400 metre individual medley. This is a tough race requiring swimmers to perform in all 4 strokes, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. Steffan achieved a 4 second personal best time at 5.19.35, a great achievement and an impressive improvement on his personal best time which he had only set a few weeks before. He went on to achieve personal best times in 5 out of his 6 other races with impressive times set in 50 freestyle 28.47; 50 butterfly 30.81; 100 breaststroke 1.20.17; 200 freestyle 2.14.77 and 50 breaststroke 36.77. He also swam a great race in his 100 freestyle at 1.01.43, just missing his personal best time of 1.01.37.
Bethan had a great gala achieving personal best times in 3 of the 5 races she swam. She achieved a time of 31.25 in her 50 freestyle; 2.22.51 in her 200 freestyle which was over a 2 second improvement and is impressive. Bethan also achieved 34.46 in her 50 butterfly and looked strong throughout the race. She also swam great races in the 100 freestyle and 50 backstroke.
Seren Griffith and Rebecca Glasser both entered two races each at the gala. Rebecca swam her 100 freestyle and 50 backstroke well. Seren achieved a personal best time in one of her races the 50 metre freestyle at 33.68 and also swam well in the 50 metre backstroke. Well done girls.
Cameron Thomas entered 8 races in this gala. He continued his success at the 100 metre butterfly swimming this in 1.05.28 a very impressive time and 1.59 second improvement on his personal best time. Cameron goes from strength to strength in this race. Cameron also had 7 other great races swimming at pace in the 200 butterfly; 50 freestyle 50 metre butterfly; 100 breaststroke; 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle. Well done.
James Payne continued his impressive form and improvements this year with 3 strong races and setting 3 personal best times - 50 metre freestyle at 29.85; 50 metre backstroke at 36.41 and 100 metre freestyle at 1.07.07. All that hard work is really paying off James.
Sioned entered 3 races in the gala with her most impressive race been the 200 metre backstroke with a 7 second personal best time improvement at 2.47.46. Sioned also performed well in the 50 metre freestyle with a time of 32.54 and 200 metre freestyle at 2.34.32. Great day Sioned.
Mali Jones battled a heavy cold to compete in the gala swimming well in the 50 freestyle with a personal best of 32.44 and great races in the 100, 200 and 400 freestyle. Well done Mali, a tough ask with a heavy cold.
Nansi Dingle competed in 5 races and did extremely well achieving personal best times in the 50 freestyle at 32.10; 50 butterfly at 34.32; 200 breaststroke at 3.06.38 and also swimming well in the 50 metre backstroke.
All the swimmers held their own against the competition at this high level gala and the club is very proud of their achievements.