Basingstoke Bluefins Level 3 Meet - April 2016
Seagulls led by Martin Littlefair had 8 swimmers competing over the 2 day meet. 8 swimmers who produced massive personal best swims and a medal tally consisting of 20 medals, 8 Golds, 6 Silver and 6 Bronze.
Seagulls star of the weekend show was ‘Lightning’ Lawrence Elliot , he was simply on fire ?. 7 swims, 7 personal bests and 7 medals for his trouble. Lawrence come home with 2 Golds, 3 Silvers and 2 Bronze medals. His Gold medals came in the 200m freestyle 2.49.14 only a massive 30 second pb and the 50m Breaststroke taking off just under a second in 44.97. His silver medals, first one come in the first race of the weekend, 200m backstroke a 16 second personal best 3.04.76. The next one in the 100m freestyle, slashing her previous best by 3 seconds, 1.17.27 and his final silver came in 200m individual medley 3.09.99 a 21 second lifetime best. Elliot’s final medals securing the third spot on the podium in the 50m butterfly in 41.75 another pb and the last but not least swim was the 100m Backstroke taking off 2 seconds in 1.28.78. Looks to me looks Lawrence’s extra morning training is paying off, fantastic swimming Master Elliot.
Team mate the Ed ‘Express’ Jaszek ? was in fine form as he took home his own little goody bag of medals. From 5 swims bringing home as many medals. Jaszek managed four Golds and one Silver. His first swim produced his first medal and 3 second personal best 100m freestyle 1.15.45. In his breaststroke events the 100m and 200m he finished in top spot but just outside his best in 1.38.97 and 3.34.28. His final first place finish was in the 100m butterfly in 1.37.60. His last medal of the meet was in the 50m breaststroke making it a Seagull 1-2 with team mate Lawrence in a time of 45.83. Good job Jaszek!
‘Magic’ Emily McWilliam ? was at it again, with her third meet in same amount of weeks. She come home with a tally of 6 medals. Three Golds, one Silver and two Bronze. Emily’s Gold medals come from the freestyle events 50m 33.56, 100m 1.12.16 and the 200m 2.38.43. Seeing off the competition in fine style from the front crawl specialist, only just outside her personal bests. Her Silver medal come in the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1.41.62. McWilliams third spot finishes come in the 200m individual medley with 5 seconds off her entry time in 3.05.11 and the 100m backstroke 1.27.43 just a fraction outside her best. Solid swimming from the Magical McWilliam.
Sam Small secured two medals from his events over the weekend and getting more of those licensed times under his belt. His medals came in the 200m Backstroke with an 11 second personal best, 2.43.45 and a Bronze in the 100m backstroke 1.18.21 just outside his lifetime best. Solid performance from Sam, keep up the hard work!
To finish off a good weekend from the Seagulls swimmers Poppy Cordell-Thompson popped up with a third place finish in the 50m backstroke, earning Bronze with a 0.4 personal best going 37.61. Very well done.
Coach Martin Littlefair was very happy overall with lots of massive pb’s and good racing. ‘We can see from the swimmers that there were no silly mistakes and all the racing experience over the weekend will only help in future upcoming events.’ Hard work in training equals faster swimming! Well done! ???