Day 1 – Swim Wales North Wales Championships

llswim[1]Today was the first of 4 days of the Swim Wales Regional Championships at Llandudno where 13 Sharks competed in a cracking 8 lane pool. Prelims & finals for events up to and including 100m with longer events as Heat Declared Winners (HDW). Highlights from the morning session saw several making their way through prelims to the finals with Dyfrig Jones (10yrs) getting Silver in 50Fly as did Jason Simister (13-14yrs) in 100Back. Kelsie Webster (10yrs) just missed out on Bronze in the 200Free & Aaliyah Robins (13-14yrs) was 8th in 400IM. In the afternoon, Dyfrig Jones (10yrs) & Tom Weaver (13-14yrs) made the finals of the 100Free – Dyfrig finishing 4th & Tom 5th. Anna Davies (11-12yrs) made the final in 50Fly finishing 6th & Meg Smith (10yrs) was 5th in her 50Fly final. Jason Simister (13-14yrs) with a huge improvement on his entry time finished 4th in the 200Breast. The evening session saw Sharks back on the rostrum with Jason Simister (13-14yrs) taking Silver in the 400Free and a Bronze in the 50Fly. Well done to all that swam today, good start on the medal front and quite a few PB’s too – all the hard work paying off!

Sharks Regionals 2015 Medal Haul (after 1 day) – 0 Gold / 3 Silver / 1 Bronze

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Two more aquathlons…

The following two events have been popular and indeed very successful outings for some of our Sharks in recent years (check our gala calendar if you want to avoid clashes).

3 May – Darwins Challenge Aquathlon (Shrewsbury School)
24 May – Wrekin College Aquathlon (Telford)

Details can be found at www.welshtriathlon.org by searching for events in West Midlands.

Welsh Triathlon TriStars Series 2015

Welsh Triathlon has announced its TriStars Series for 2015 – Duathlon (Run/Bike/Run), Aquathlon (Swm/Run) & Triathlon (Swim/Bike/Run) events for 9-14 years of age. The North Wales series of events are as follows:

18 April – Machynlleth – Aquathlon
14 June – Conwy – Triathlon
20 June – Denbigh – Triathlon
5 July – Parc Bryn Bach (Tredegar) – IRC Triathlon Qualifier
9 August – Rhyl – Triathlon

The National (Wales) Championship TriStar Races consists of following races:

12 April – Llandow – Duathlon
9 May – Ruthin – Triathlon

More detail at Welsh Triathlon www.welshtriathlon.org

Keira just misses out on Urdd Bronze

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Here’s another of our swimmers at last weekends Urdd Finals – Keira, representing Llanfair Caereinion in the Girls Yr5-6 50m Breaststroke, just missed out on Bronze by a very small margin.

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Montgomery School Boys Yr5-6 medley relay team included a few Sharks too and enjoyed a close race finishing 5th.

North Wales Championships coming up….

Our Swim Wales Regional (North) Championships take place over the coming two weekends – 31 Jan/1 Feb & 7/8 Feb – at Llandudno Swimming Pool. After some hard training these last 6 weeks we have a very strong field of swimmers travelling north including strong relay teams which will make for an exciting evening on the final day. Good luck, hope you all have some great swims. Timetable & warm-up schedule attached.

Regional Championships 2015 Timetable

2015 Regional Championships Warm Up Schedule

Swimmers benefit from Morris Dancing

The four pictured said it was ‘pre-race teamIMG_20150125_162610 bonding’ but watching from the stands it looked more like Morris Dancing but whatever, it certainly did the trick as Welshpool High 12-13yrs came away with Gold in the Urdd 200m Medley Relay. All four swimmers – Mitchel Hunt, Carwyn Owen, Morgan Bowen & Joel Pryce – regulars at Sharks.