A small number of Worcester swimmers traveled to Corby on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th January for the “Central Zone” meet.
Pitched between Regional and National level, the Central Region is one of 3 “zones” into which the UK is divided for this prestigious new year meet… with swimmers from the Midlands competing against those from the East of England, including Peterborough, Ipswich and Hatfield.
The Worcester swimmers enjoyed a very successful meet… from their 20 events, they made 12 Finals and brought home 6 medals!
Representing Worcester, Hayden Griffiths who boards and trains at Ellesmere College, picked up the Club’s first medal, an impressive Silver in the grueling Junior Men’s (16/u) 400m Individual Medley.
Oddly enough though, all the Club’s other medals came in Breaststroke events, with James Marsh leading the way with a hat-trick in the Junior Men’s events!
James picked up Silver in the 50m and Bronze in the 100m events… but in the 200m he won Gold, knocking over 2 seconds off his previous Personal Best. The race was a tactical masterpiece – James closely following the Hatfield swimmer for most of the 200m and then using his superb stroke efficiency to overhaul him in the final few strokes and win by 0.1 seconds
Siblings Tabitha and Rupert Monkhouse picked up the Club’s other medals – excellent Bronze and Silver respectively in the Senior 50m sprint events… the 50m Breaststroke just one of 5 Finals Tabby qualified for over the weekend.