Normally a short course competition, this year the two day Winter Regionals was held at the London Aquatic Centre, making it a long course meet.
Just two months into the season this is a tough meet against the best in London.
Clio Bacon, Ellie Harden, Jess Herbert and Ben Strover were in all 4 sessions and they were joined by Callum Baronti, Lilli Cutajar, Anna Cvjetan, Amie Lawrence, Rachel Langdown, Katie Napier and Nam Nguyen all ready to race.
Over the two long days they gave each other advice on swimming and maths GCSE homework, ate snacks, giggled, gave massages, chatted to friends from other clubs, chatted to Michael Jamieson who was there with some swimmers (2012 Olympic Silver 200 Breaststroke winner) and cheered encouragement.
Most races were on or around their personal bests with Jess, Ben, Clio, Callum and Rachel achieving those precious new PB'S. Jess had an incredible meet achieving four PB's and Ben made the 200 back final and achieved 4th in the 1500m. Clio ensured her place in Edinburgh. Callum blasted a very strong 100m breaststroke and Rachel relished her place in the golden lane. When it didn’t go quite as they wanted or expected they all analysed it and moved on, showing great team work.
Thanks goes to Sergio, parents and family members, but most of all to the swimmers who conducted themselves brilliantly in and out of the pool.