Age Group County Championships 2014 – Gala Report
Day 3 (Saturday)
After a weekend of rest the Nottingham Leander Age Group swimmers were back in action at Beechdale Pool for the second weekend of the Nottinghamshire County Championships. All of our swimmers competed really well with lots of PB's and times to be proud of.
Saturday morning started with the Girls 200m Backstroke. Nottingham Leander showed their strength in depth with Summer Kennedy qualifying for the 11/12 final in 3rd and Annie Pearson taking 9th place. In the older 13/14 age group we produced more great swims with Katie Henderson qualifying for the final in 2nd place and Megan Langton in 5th. The strength of our team showed as Aimee Richards took 7th and Amber Lovell 8th place. Summer, Katie, Megan, Aimee and Amber all achieved their Midland qualifying times.
The second event of the morning was the Boys 400IM. In the 11/12 age group Matthew Fallon took 8th place, Anton Stoger 12th and Guy Farnsworth 16th. Both Matthew and Guy achieved Midland Qualifying times. Luca Formosa swam well in the 13/14's taking 5th in a Midland Qualifying time.
The girls were back in action with their second event of the day, the 100m Breaststroke. The girls had some super PB's and very fast swims. Megan Langton took the Silver in the 13/14 age group with Jade Kennerell taking the Bronze. Both achieved Midland Qualifying times. 2 Leanders on the podium – Well done!
The Backstroke finals followed with Summer Kennedy taking the Bronze in the 11/12's and Katie Henderson the Silver in the older 13/14 age group.
Many people enjoyed the sunny lunch break with lots of coaches, officials and swimmers making use of the outside food van and its lovely bacon rolls!
The hot afternoon session started with the boys 200m Butterfly which is an extremely tough event. Anton Stoger and Kaiden Angle both competed in the 11/12 event taking 6th and 9th places respectively. Well done boys!
The girls were back in force next, competing in the 200m Individual Medley. Leander had lots of competitors and many great swims and PB's. Well done to you all. Jessica Collishaw took 10th place in the 9/10 age group and Summer Kennedy qualified for the 11/12 final in 3rd. The 13/14 age group again showed our depth of swimmers with Megan Langton qualifying for the final in 1st place and Katie Henderson in 4th. Amber Lovell took 11th, Aimee Richards 15th and Jade Kennerell 16th. What a lot of great swims. Summer, Megan, Katie Aimee and Jade all achieved Midland Qualifying times.
The boys 100m Freestyle event was next with all of our swimmers performing well. We had 3 boys in the top 10 in the 12 years age group with Matthew Fallon taking 2nd, Tobias Brown 4th and Luke Margetson 10th. In the 13/14's Luca Formosa took 6th place and Ryan Pigott 7th both of them breaking the 60 second barrier for the first time as well as getting the Midland Qualifying time. Well done boys!
The Girls 200IM finals followed. Summer Kennedy took the Bronze in the 11/12 Age group. Megan Langton took Gold in the 13/14 Age group and claimed the Junior County Champion trophy. Katie Henderson took 5th in the final. All 3 of our IM finalists achieved Midland Qualifying times.
In the boys 200m Butterfly final Anton Stoger took 4th place, swimming his second 200m fly of the session. That's hard work – well done Anton!
After a tough first day the boys still had the 1500m Freestyle to complete. Matthew Fallon had a fantastic swim in the 11/12 Boys achieving the Silver medal.
Day 4 (Sunday)
Many of the NOVA swimmers representing Nottingham Leander had a training session before travelling back across to Beechdale for Day 4 of competition.
The Girls started the morning with the tough 200m Butterfly. They competed well with Annie Pearson taking 8th place and Kyra McDonald 9th in the 11/12 age group. In the 13/14's Megan Langton qualified for the final in 3rd place achieving a Midland time in the process.
The lengthy boys 200m IM followed with a wealth of Leanders' taking part. Well done boys, loads of great swimming! In the 11/12's Matthew Fallon took 8th with Tobias Brown in 11th and Guy Farnsworth 17th. Both Matthew Fallon and Guy Farnsworth achieved Midland Qualifying times. In the 13/14 Luca Formosa qualified for the final in 6th place and Ryan Pigott took 11th. Luca achieved a Midland Qualifying time.
After competing in the 200m Butterfly the girls were back in the pool battling it out for the 100m Freestyle titles. In the 11/12's Summer Kennedy took 4th place in a Midland Qualifying time. In the older 13/14 age group we had 3 girls in the top 7, again showing the strength of Nottingham Leander. Aimee Richards took 3rd, Megan Langton 4th and Amber Lovell 7th. Both Aimee and Megan achieved Midland Qualifying times. Jade Kennerell also achieved a Midland Qualifying time. Well done girls - some great times!
The Boys were soon back in with the shorter 50m Freestyle event. Matthew Fallon took 4th and Tobias Brown 6th in the 11/12's. In the 13/14's we again showed the strength of Nottingham Leander with Christopher Lambert taking 6th, Luca Formosa 7th and Ryan Pigott 9th. Good swims boys.
Finals were next on the programme with the qualifying girls having to compete in their second 200m Butterfly of the session! Megan Langton took the Bronze in the 13/14 age group in a Midland Qualifying time. The boys 200m IM finals completed the morning session with Luca Formosa taking 5th place in the 13/14 age group in a National Short Course time – Well done Luca!
Again the lunch break saw many attracted to the food van outside for some much needed refreshments.
The Girls started the afternoon session with the 400m Freestyle event. All the Nottingham Leander girls had great swims and many PB's were achieved. Summer Kennedy took the Gold in the 11/12 age group achieving a Midland qualifying time in the process. In the older 13/14 age group Aimee Richards took Gold and became Junior County Champion. Megan Langton was 4th and Jade Kennerell 11th. Aimee, Megan and Jade all achieved Midland qualifying times.
The afternoon event for the boys was the 200m Breaststroke. Tobias Brown qualified for the final in 6th place in the 11/12 age group with Matthew Fallon taking 11th place. Guy Farnsworth had a great race and achieved a Midland qualifying time. Well done to all the boys in the 200m Breaststroke, some good swims from you all.
The final event of the afternoon for the girls was the 100m Backstroke. In the 11/12's Summer Kennedy took 4th place with Annie Pearson in 7th. Summer & Annie both achieved the Midland Qualifying time. Our depth of swimmers showed in the 13/14's with Katie Henderson taking Gold and becoming Junior County Champion. Amber Lovell took 4th, Megan Langton 5th and Jade Kennerell 11th. Both Katie and Megan achieved Midland qualifying times.
Another long and tiring weekend but a good time was had by all with many PB's achieved.
Thanks to all the coaches, swimmers and parents for great support of Nottingham Leander. Well done all!