20th February 2017
Outstanding Swimming at ONB County Championships 2017!
Truly inspiring swimming was in evidence across the whole of the ONB County Championships 2017 with Thame Swimming Club achieving its highest ever placing, coming 10th overall with 140.5 points. Further we had a 34% increase in the number of accepted race entries which is a fantastic accolade for both our swimmers and coaches alike – especially with the changes to the age groups implemented this year.
Thank you to Head Coach Ian Blyth and the coaching squad of Simon Haarburger, Mark Simms and Lucy North who supported and coached the squad across the championship. They inspired the swimmers to reach for their goals resulting in County Champions, Regional Accepted and Consideration times, PBs and all round fantastic swimming being in evidence.
Thank you also to all our wonderful officials, parent volunteers and team managers who gave up their time to also support our swimmers and the smooth running of the Championships overall. Without you, Thame wouldn’t be the fabulous Club it is. Thank you.
So to the swimming!
Congratulations to Josh Williams who achieved a 17 second PB in his 1500m, taking the Open Club Record in a time of 17.22 minutes. Rory Pridmore achieved an 11 second PB in a time of 18.11 minutes.
Elizabeth Humphreys and Ella Simms swam brilliantly in their 800m Free, kicking off Counties in style for the girls.
The girls were on fire in their 400m IM with Lucy Block, Lucy Day and Ella Simms all achieving big PBs.
Well done to Elizabeth Humphreys for winning a finalist plaque in the 400 Free and to Lucy Block, Lucy Day, Hazel Randall and Tally Simms for their fab PBs too.
In the 400m Free for the boys both Ben and Josh Williams won finalist plaques with Josh being the 2nd fastest in the County for 15 year old boys J. Well done to Rory Pridmore, Marcus Birmingham and Murray Wakefield for their awesome PBs too.
Sprints & All Other Events
WOW where to start! Simply awesome swimming across the piece with some notable call outs too:
Jo Hewett: 3 x Gold Trophies (100 Free, 50 Free, 100 Back) and 2 x Silver Trophies (200 Free, 50 Back) within the multi-disability category and some great PBs along the way too. Fantastic Jo, we’re so proud of you.
Josh Williams: 5 x County Champion (200 Free, 100 Free, 50 Back, 200 Back, 50 Fly) … amazing swimming Josh and what a fabulous way to end your time at Oxon & North Bucks!
Lucy Block: achieving Regional Accepted Times for her 50 Back, 100 Back and 200 Back … brilliant!
Lucy Day: winning her first ever finalist plaque J
The Sumo Wrestler, the Morph Man, the Random Florescent Man & the Random Hawaiian Man: for entering into the spirit of things and smashing the Relay record!
It is with some sadness that I write this as it will be my last Counties report for Thame Swimming Club but wow I’m also writing it feeling so proud of each and every swimmer. It’s been an absolute pleasure to Team Manage the squad and be there for them whether they be happy or sad. There really is nothing quite like the feeling when you see a swimmer achieve a goal or a dream and the absolute sense of euphoria that comes with it. So a heartfelt thank you and huge congratulations to every one of you. You gave it your all and we can’t ask for more than that!
A summary of the Top 8 Finalist placings are detailed below with an (F) indicating where a Final was swum:
The following Regional Accepted or Considered times were also achieved during the Championships:
Club Records were also being smashed throughout the Championships (thanks to Marcus for updating these so quickly):
Congratulations to all our relay squads, especially to those for whom it was their first ever Counties:
Below is a picture of some of our swimmers from ONB Counties – apologies to those who were unable to attend the photo shoot this evening.