19 August 2018
- 12 Gold
- 15 Silver
- 18 Bronze
- 97 Top 8 finishes
An uplifting week of racing down in Swansea produced 408 PBs, 12 golds, 15 silvers, 18 bronzes and 89 final swims
The Welsh Summer Open Meet provides a fantastic opportunity for swimmers to experience competing at a 7-day competition with heats and finals, to be part of a team environment, and to learn how to cope with the demands associated with this level of competition. City of Leeds swimmers who have competed at this event previously have subsequently gone on to compete at ASA National Championships and become valued members of our national teams.
A well-represented group of 37 swimmers performed extraordinarily well over the gruelling week-long meet, which included up to 3 sessions of racing per day; lifetime personal bests fell left, right and centre. Heads were turned during finals sessions as the horns and voices of the whole team of City of Leeds swimmers, staff and supporters overpowered the competition with noise of encouragement to fuel some impressive racing.
City of Leeds swimmers were successful in achieving 89 places in finals and took home an impressive 45 medals – 13 more than last year. Particularly impressive was our finalists’ ability to convert 72 heat swims into even faster final swims, giving an 81% conversion rate. And from a total of 584 swims, our athletes achieved 408 personal bests, which is almost a 70% PB rate.
A great finish to the 2017 – 18 season. Well done everyone!
A special thanks to our brilliant volunteers Kim Mathias, Meron Gebre and David Broome for their hard work, dedication and support to the swimmers and coaches over the week. Events like this would not be possible without the help of these unsung heroes.
Also a big thank you to all the parents, carers and supporters of the City of Leeds Swimming Club.
WE ARE… LEEDS!
Medallists and Top 8 Finishes
Megan Sharp (4), Louis Ainley (2), Sasha Long (2), Philippa Bromley, Elizabeth Russell, Kasja Rickelton, Adam Wood
Jamie Broome (3), Jad Idris (2), Sasha Long (2), Elliott Watkins (2), Philippa Bromley, Megan Burnell, Ellie Dibb, Holly Macdonald, Elizabeth Russell, Adam Wood
Martha Callaghan (5), Kasja Rickelton (3), Sasha Long (2), Ellie Dibb, George Knowles, Dominic Mathias, Rhys Riddiford, James Robinson, Elizabeth Russell, Adam Wood
18 4th Place Finishes
Martha Callaghan (3), Solomon Hodgson (2), Jessica Widdowson (2), Adam Wood (2), Lucy Allman, Jamie Broome, Megan Burnell, Jad Idris, George Knowles, Sasha Long, Holly Macdonald, Dominic Mathias, Megan Sharp
16 5th Place Finishes
Jolie McGreavy (2), James Robinson (2), Megan Sharp (2), Louis Ainley, Charlie Broome, Jamie Broome, Megan Burnell(1), Martha Callaghan, Holly Macdonald, Dominic Mathias, Jessica Widdowson, Elliott Watkins, Finlay Williams
24 6th Place Finishes
Jamie Broome (4), Charlie Broome (2), Kasja Rickelton (2), George Knowles (2), Elliott Watkins (2), Adam Wood (2), Lucy Allman, Philippa Bromley, Martha Callaghan, Henry Firth, Jacob Goodwin, Dominic Mathias, Jolie McGreavy, James Robinson, Joshua Sutcliffe, Megan Sharp
23 7th Place Finishes
Samuel Emmett (3), Louis Ainley (2), Holly Macdonald (2), Kasja Rickelton (2), Jamie Broome, Philippa Bromley, Charlotte Clarke, Ellie Dibb, Nathan Dulay, Martha Everett, George Knowles, Sasha Long, Jolie McGreavy, James Robinson, Joshua Sutcliffe, Elliott Watkins, Finlay Williams, Adam Wood
16 8th Place Finishes
Kasja Rickelton (3), Jad Idris (2), Louis Ainley, Nathan Dulay, Henry Firth, Jacob Goodwin, George Knowles, Holly Macdonald, Dominic Mathias, Jolie McGreavy, Rhys Riddiford, Megan Sharp, Finlay Williams