Market Drayton Swimming Club held their Grand Christmas Draw  on Thursday 20th December 2007,  8pm at Market Drayton Swimming Centre. Jamie Rogers was the first swimmer to draw out the winning ticket number 776 which belonged to Dan Smith.

There were thirteen prizes in all and a full list of the ticket numbers and winners are here, and a copy is also on the club notice board. Many thanks to all those parents who supported the fund raising event by donating items for the hamper as well as buying or selling raffle tickets. Thank you everybody, have a very Merry Christmas.

PB's now complete for this year - pls check for any deliberate errors!

Presentation Evening tickets on sale NOW, limited number and going fast! Please see Andi Martin.

Speedo Report, round 3 at Wombourne.
Well done guys, we were always up against it but there were some great individual and relay team performances. A special thanks to Jack Booth and Nathan Garrard for swimming in the open events, this was a tactical move in the absence of some of our other swimmers which salvaged us some much needed points. Thank you guys. Also a final thanks to all the officials, helpers and team members that took part. We must all now focus on the Crusader first event on the 19th Jan 2008 at Biddulph.


Total of 9 PB's:- T.Plows 100IM 1.16.17, E. Scriven 100Br 1.51.77, J.Rogers 100Br 1.31.26, N.Garrard 100fly 1.26.86, R.Grindrod 100 Back 1.18.13, J.Booth 100Back 1.39.04, E Davies 50 Br 51.37, T.Plows 100Fr 1.05.95 & T.Bull 100Fr 1.06.16

Wrexham 6th Junior Sprint Meet
Well done to the following swimmers – Emma Scriven, Phoebe Tustin, Emma Davies, Jessica Rumney, Charlie Thomas, Alfie Thomas and Alice Plows.

The swimmers had a brilliant day coming away with 20 PBs between them. Emma Davies got into the final of the girls 11yr old 50m backstroke and came in at 6th place.  Jessica Rumney made the final in the 12yr old 50m backstroke and came in 2nd and also made the finals of the 12yr old girls 50m freestyle coming in 4th place.  Charlie Thomas got into the finals of the boys 12 yr old backstroke and came in at 4th position and also in the finals of the 50m fly coming in at 3rd place.  Emma Scriven got 3rd place in the girls 10 yr old 25m freestyle and came 3rd in the girls 10 yr old 25m fly and came 4th in the girls 10 yr old 25m breaststroke.

Emma Scriven
25m back
20.31 PB

 

Alfie Thomas
25m free
17.94 PB
Phoebe Tustin
25m back
21.52 PB

 

Emma Scriven
25m free
16.15 PB 3rd
Emma Davies
50m back prelims
40.61 PB

 

Phoebe Tustin
25m free
17.41 PB
Emma Davies
50m back FINAL
42.07 6th

 

Alice Plows
25m free
21.78 PB
Jessica Rumney
50m back prelims
38.03 PB

 

Emma Davies
50m free prelims
38.21
Jessica Rumney
50m back FINAL
36.80 PB 4th

 

Jessica Rumney
50m free prelims
32.75
Charlie Thomas
50m back prelims
40.34 PB

 

Jessica Rumney
50m free FINAL
32.80 4th
Charlie Thomas
50m back FINAL
40.21 PB 4th

 

Charlie Thomas
50m free prelims
33.58
Alfie Thomas
25m breast
26.57 PB

 

Charlie Thomas
50m free FINAL
33.50 6th
Emma Scriven
25m fly
19.30 PB 3rd

 

Alfie Thomas
25m fly
22.92
Phoebe Tustin
25m fly
22.75 PB

 

Emma Scriven
25m breast
22.58 PB
Emma Davies
50m fly
54.68 PB

 

Phoebe Tustin
25m breast
24.96 PB
Charlie Thomas
50m fly prelims
38.13

 

Alice Plows
25m breast
27.02 PB
Charlie Thomas
50m fly FINAL
37.92

 

Emma Davies
50m breast prelims
52.08
Alfie Thomas
25m back
22.17 PB

 

Charlie Thomas
50m breast prelims
49.86 PB

PB's - now up to date with Club Champs and all meets up to Boldmere

Boldmere Open Meet - and guess who won the Quiz? the winner is....

Message from the Coach...
Hi all.

The IM and endurance based training phase appears to have gone well. We are now in a high intensity training phase. Please see senior squad training plan on notice board or here. Tuesday, Thursday, (some Friday) & Sunday will be the sessions with the highest intensity. It is paramount that you hit as many of the Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday sessions during this critical training period as possible.

It is also important to have quality rest during this period. Make sure you take time to ‘Chill out’. The plan should give an opportunity to plan your training around school, social and other commitments and members who train with other clubs can hit the appropriate sessions in the run up to the county age groups.

Lastly one important message I need to get across is there will be no particular rest given in the weekly cycles prior to individuals attending open meets. I view very much that competition at this stage is part of training and that training and recovery should not be compromised by competitions.

Clyde Till is adapting the land-training around this model, so again it is important to attend as many sessions on Wednesdays as possible.

Good luck - Kevin
Head coach

Boldmere Open Meet 24th & 25th November 2007
There were five swimmers from the club who targeted this inaugural meet for Boldmere over the weekend at Stechford Ian, Nicola, Richard, Daniel and Emma. 

This proved to be a successful weekend for all of the swimmers.  A total of over 14 PBs (details to follow) were gained and Ian came home with his MDQT in 200 free.  Every one of the swimmers came home with at least one very smart trophy for a podium finish, with Daniel leading the way with 4 Gold and 1 Bronze.

There were 26 clubs taking part in this meet and hence  MD Swim Club did brilliantly to come in 4th overall. We may have been one of the smaller teams, but we made our presence felt in the water and heard from the spectators balcony! - well done everyone. David Grindrod

Club Championships 2007
Well done to everyone who took part in the annual club championships this year. We had a total of 49 swimmers submitting 380 entries. Over all 75 swimmers broke club records - a detailed list of these can be found HERE, but a summary is as follows:

Ian Martin                    12
Nicola Martin               12
Caroline Saxon             11
Jodie Garner Jones       8
Haydn Adleburgh         6
Tom Plows                   5
Emma Bundy                4
James Wilson               3
Emma Scriven              3
Jamie Rogers                3
Alfie Thomas                2
Harry Riley                   2
Daniel Scriven              2
Jessica Rumney            1
Charlie Thomas            1

Thank you to all those parents and helpers who kindly volunteered or were gently coerced into helping out especially the time keepers where we had a shortfall of help. Don't forget the annual club presentation evening will take place on Saturday 12th January 2008 at the Four Alls and tickets for the evening will shortly be on sale. Medals and certificates are presented to all swimmers who took part and also awards and trophies for overall performance over the last year. We do hope you will join us at this event to celebrate the success of the swimmers.

Kevin
Head Coach

SPEEDO REPORT ROUND 2 DIV 2
Hi guys,  just a quick summary of Speedo round 2 at Cheslyn Hay on 10 November. What a great effort put in by all the swimmers.  We had around 13 Pbs,  7 first places and again no disqualifications.   Caroline achieved 3 first places, with Tom, Rich and Dan securing another first place each.  The Boys 13/U relay team also stormed home for max points, well done. The overall team position at the end of the gala was 5th place with 133 points not far behind Linslade who achieved 174 points.  Considering we still had two unavoidable no entries in the 11yrs boys age group and our lads swimming in the relay team  are all only 9yrs old I believe it is a great achievement by the squad.   Thanks again to poolside coaches time keepers etc.   Please check notice board for team list for round 3 December 8th  to be posted shortly.  

E.Davies girls 100BR 1:52:06, J.Rogers boys 100 BR 1:33:35, N.Martin girls 100BK 1:18:10, R.Grindrod boys 100BK 1:18:88, J.G.Jones girls 100 FLY 1:21:61, T.Plows boys 100 FLY 1:18:44, C.Saxon girls 100BK 1:13:24, E.Scriven girls 100 Fly 1:51:51, R.Grindrod boys 100 FR 1:10:54, J.Rogers girls 100 BR 1:33:14, T.Deaking boys 50 FR 44.36, T.Plows boys 100FR 1:07:45, J.Rogers girls 100BR 1:32:74 second pb in event.

Thanks Kevin
Head Coach

Midland Qualifying Times are now out, check out the Qualifiers section for details. Congratulations to Daniel who is the first with a qualifying time this year from the Chase meet - who's next?

Short Course Championships 2007 Three of our swimmers attended the Midlands Short Course Championships in Leicester at the weekend. Firstly well done to all those that qualified. Caroline Saxon swam in 3 events: 50FC 200FC 400FC. Putting in good performances and getting close to several PB’s. Emma Bundy swam in the 50FC finishing 30.19 a fraction outside her PB. The star of the show has to be James Wilson who qualified in six events and hit a string of PBs in the qualifiers. The highlight being achieving the 50BK final in a time of 28.63. James improved on this in the final with a time of 28.54 this secured a 3rd place bronze medal in his age group and 4th overall. This Ranks James 4th in the GB rankings for this event in his age group. WELL DONE JAMES.

Kevin - Head Coach

Christmas Sessions have been confirmed, see Diary panel on the left for details.

Congratulations to Daniel and Caroline for being picked to swim in the Ron Hooper Gala on 11th November at Wolverhampton.

SPEEDO REPORT ROUND 1 DIV 2
Hi guys, sorry for delay in posting this. Due to a dispute at the Coventry gala the results were not issued to the clubs after the gala. The results have just come through. After the results have been converted to 25m times (thanks Andy) we had a total of 8 new pbs and no disqualifications. Considering the 50 meter pool and the new swimmers coming into the squad I think it was well done to all. The Pbs will be added to website and results posted on notice board. It was immensely enjoyable for me and a privilege to lead such an enthusiastic bunch to my first MKt Drayton gala. Highlights being our younger swimmers gazing over the balcony looking at the 50M pool in disbelief and the achievements of the new swimmers some in their first gala. Well done to them and to all the other swimmers. Points on the day were a bit scarce, and we were ‘out gunned’ in many quarters. However, we can build on what we achieved and look forward to the next round with I hope slightly lesser opposition. Please check notice board for team list for the 10th of November. Thanks

Caroline Saxon      100 Fly    (1.12.36)    1.11.30       
Phoebe Tustin        50 Fly      (49.24)      48.90          
Emma Scriven        100 Brst   (1.53.87)    1.52.80       
Jared Rogers        100 Brst   (1.34.70)    1.33.40       
                    100 Fly    (1.27.15)    1.26.30       
Tom Plows           100 Free   (1.09.65)    1.08.40       
Jodie Garner Jones  100 Fly    (1.22.10)    1.21.20       
Emma Davies          50 Brst     (52.48)      51.90  
        

Kevin
Head Coach

Bonus Ball Lotto
Congratulations to Debbie Grindrod who was the first winner of the Bonus Ball lotto with number 3 from the draw on 27th October. To play the Bonus Ball Lotto, please see Andi or Helen Martin on most nights at the pool.

Chase Roebuck Open Meet 27/28th October
Daniel and Emma made the trek on Saturday and Sunday for 6 hard races each. Saturday went well for Daniel with 2 silver medals and a sneak bronze. Emma had a tough day competing against many older swimmers in her age group, though, PB’ing in every event. Emma finished 11th in the 200m IM and 8th in the 400m free. Daniels medals were in 200m breast (silver and disappointed!!), 200m IM (a surprising bronze) and 100m back (silver). Sunday saw another good days racing (and another early start!). Daniel set 2 new PB’s in the 100m breast, finishing with a gold medal (and 5th overall in the event!!), followed by 6th in the 100m free (after being kicked in the head in warm-up), with a final silver medal in the 200m back (in a time faster than last years MDQT, fingers crossed for this year). Emma PB’d in 2 of her 3 events. Emma finished 12th in the 200m back, 13th in the 200m free and 14th in the 50m free. 
 

Daniel

 

Emma

 

200 Breast

2.50.08 (new PB)

200 IM

47.41 fly (new 50m fly PB)
3.21.41 free (new 200IM PB)

200 IM

38.53 fly (new fly 50m PB)
2.37.23  (new 200IM PB)

400 Free 6.15.15 (PB)

100 Back

1.11.14 (new PB)

200 Back

3.19.94 (new 200m PB)

100 Breast

35.07 (new 50m PB)
1.15.80 (new 100m PB)

200 Free

1.25.44 (new 100m PB)
2.57.79 (new 200m PB)

200 Back

2.32.85 (new 200m PB)

   

Well done to both swimmers!! Now looking forward to club champs and the Boldmere meet!!

Justin

NPLQ - Congratulations to Hannah on passing her exam. Now both of your Club Captains are qualified Lifeguards.

ASA Level 1 Teaching - Congratulations to Caroline on also gaining the Level 1 teaching qualification.

Inter County Gala - There ought to be something in the Ten Commandments for Parents (see bottom of Diary Panel on the Left) about this! Spot the parents from this Club doing the 'Agadoo' at Sheffield.

National Qualifying Times - these have now been published (txs Daniel) and are in the Qualifiers section. Midland times should be released shortly.

LAND TRAINING – change of training time
Since numbers have fallen during the latter weeks we are trialling an amended time and this session will now run from 6.30-7.30pm on a Wednesday.  This will mean that swimmers will be able to swim the 5-6pm session at the pool first and then go on to land training afterwards.  There will be a number of parents travelling from the pool to the squash club where land training takes place so if you would like to go and need a lift share please ask!  Land training does count as one of your training hours and should be accommodated into the payment band you have selected to pay.

PRESENTATION EVENING
A provisional date has been agreed for the clubs annual presentation evening – Saturday 12th January 2008 – put this date in your diary now and keep it free.  For new parents the annual presentation evening is an event which the swimmers look forward to every year and is when the club recognises the achievements of all swimmers and presents not only the medals achieved in club championships but also trophies to those swimmers who have excelled or made excellent progression.  The format of the evening will be the formal presentations followed by a buffet supper and then a disco.  ALL swimmers and their families are invited and are in fact encouraged to attend.  The code of dress is smart (no trainers, jeans etc) and it normally turns out to be a great evening which everybody enjoys.  Confirmation of venue and times and availability of tickets will follow as soon as possible.  To check out last years presentation evening go and have a look in the pictures section of the web site.

TIME KEEPERS/JUDGES COURSES NOW AVAILABLE
A number of parents have shown an interest in becoming a qualified time keeper or judge and the next round of courses will soon be available.  There is a list on the club notice board, anyone who wishes to take up this opportunity should sign up on the list and further details will follow as soon as the club has them.  We are always on the look out for parents who are willing to train as officials at galas etc as these events can not run without them.

CHRISTMAS SWIMMING HOURS
During the Christmas break the swimming pool closes early on a number of the holiday days.  The club are currently negotiating the swim session times which will operate over the festive season so keep an eye out on the notice board for the session days and times.

A big well done to all the swimmers who took part in the Speedo on Saturday from Hannah & Ian

ASA Level 1 Teaching - Congratulations to Hannah on successfully completing her week long course during the summer and passing the written examination to gain her Level 1 teaching qualification.

Intercounty Gala - Sheffield 21st October
Congratulations to Ian and Daniel on selection for the Shropshire team. They have a training day on the 6th ahead of the Gala two weeks later.

Ian & Nikkis First National Meet Report from Andi
After the coldness of Bosworth 5 weeks previous, a rather tropical 22 degrees air temperature welcomed the swimmers on the 25th August for the 2007 National Open Water Age Group Championships held at Holme Pierrepont National Aquasports Center in Nottingham. Arriving at 8.30am with Emma B in tow for support, Ian and Nik looked out across the venue for the day, the boating lake. Ian's first words were “where’s the end?” It was a rather larger than normal swimming pool measuring some 200m wide by just over 2km long. The briefing revealed a barmy 18 degrees water temperature.

After being given their numbered hats and having their body numbered with a black permanent marker pen, Draytons duo headed for the start line. Ian was first to swim in his 2km race. This meant a walk of 2km first to the starting point (how’s that for a warm up Kev?). Ian was so warm at the start line, the Vaseline we were trying to apply just ran off him! At the start he got bogged down in the crowds and eventually started swimming in last but one place. He got into his stride though and started to pick up the pace, overtaking quite a number of swimmers in the process. At around the 1.25km mark, a pace war then ensued between Ian, Blair Bellamy from Aberdeen and Caroline Ball from Kelly College as to who was going to get to the finish line first. After a good hard battle and a lot of shouting from the respective parents, Ian just touched out Caroline with Blair a couple of seconds behind leaving Ian coming home with a time of 27.58.95 mins, 5th out of 12 in his age group, 17 – 24 years, which Ian has another 6 years in.

As Ian was coming home, Nikki was set for the start of the 1.5km race. Again getting bogged down she fought through to some clear water and maintained her pace throughout the remainder of the race. She finished with a time of 23.46.67 mins, in 19th place out of 26 swimmers but was really pleased with the result as she had just recovered from a back injury which had kept her out of the water for some time before the event and didn’t know if she would even finish the race. A good outing at the National Open Water Champs for Drayton with Caroline gaining the Grand Prix Trophy that afternoon too.

Market Drayton Shining Stars!!! - Perry Beeches 19th Open Meet Report from Justin
Sunday saw 2 families; the Thomas’ and Scrivens’ make their way to Wolverhampton central baths for the Perry Beeches junior sprint meet. Many local teams were there, with some others from further afield (one team came from Jersey!!). The day also saw in the new warm up and warm down programmes being used – many thanks to Hannah and Ian for these, they were a great success on the day.

The day started well with Daniel leading off in the 13yr 100m backstroke, coming 2nd in a new PB of 1:11.32. Alfie then followed with a super swim in the 9yr 50m breaststroke, setting a new PB of 59.76, and an 8th place to show for his effort!! Not to be outdone by his younger brother, Charlie set a new PB in the 12yr 100m fly, achieving 6th place for his time of 1:24.04. Emma followed in the 10yr 50m free with a good 8th place, earning MDSC 4 trophies in the 1st 4 races!!!

Daniel again performed well in the 13yr 100m IM, again placed 2nd, in a new PB of 1:12.74. Alfie followed in the 9yr 50m backstroke, setting a new PB of 48.12 and finishing in 5th place.

Daniel comfortably saw off the opposition in the 13yr 100m breaststroke, setting a new PB of 1:16.66 (this is 0.04 faster than last years 14yr MDQT, so looking good!!), and taking 1st place. Just to follow on from this, Alfie produced his best swim of the day in the 9yr 100IM, setting a new PB of 1:45.92, and getting a very well deserved 3rd place!!!! Charlie earned another trophy and PB in the 12yr 100m backstroke, his time of 1:26.93 achieving 8th place.

The afternoon again started well, with Alfie producing another fine swim in the 9yr 50m butterfly, setting a new PB of 50.27 and just being squeezed out into 4th place. Emma had had quite a quiet day so far, so now it was her turn to show what she could do – 8th place in the 10yr 50m breaststroke in a new PB of 50.51, and another trophy for MDSC. Daniel went for his 4th top place finish, and achieved it in the 13yr 100m free, setting a new PB of 1:04.24 (and also a new PB for the 50m split of 30.58) and finished 3rd, just being touched out for 2nd place by 0.4s. Emma followed with another 8th place (and another MDSC trophy) in the 10yr 50m backstroke, just outside her PB time. Alfie produced yet another good swim in the 9yr 50m free, finishing in 5th place just 0.06 outside his PB. Emma followed with a 7th place finish just 0.02 outside her PB in the 10yr 100IM. Charlie rounded the day off in style with a 3 second PB in the 12yr 100m free, and finishing in 7th place with a time of 1:10.72 (well done Charlie!!!).

Daniel missed out on top boy by 5pts, though he only competed in 4 events, whereas the winner competed in 5, though still a very good effort. Overall, between the MDSC swimmers, we came away with 16 trophies between them.

Caroline wins Grand Prix Title
Congratulation to Caroline on winning the Open Water Grand Prix for 2007 - see press cutting for further details. Two further swimmers from the Club, Ian & Nikki Martin, also did well in their first season of open water swimming.

Update - 1st September 2007
PB's now up to date for times gained in July & August. Also check out the list of Open Galas put together by Justin here - we will mark those that the Club will be attending shortly, updates will be in the Club Info section.

Richard wins a place on a two day Total Swimming camp
Congratulations to Richard who has won a place on the Total Swimming All Stars Days being held on Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th October at Coventry.  He will have the opportunity to work along side and train with Olympic medalists, World Record holders and Commonwealth champions.  The competition was open to all swimmers aged between 10 and 14years and was run in conjunction with West Midlands ASA. Well done Richard!

National 2007
A final report on Rachael who took the Market Drayton name back to Sheffield for the second year running, last year missing the final by that 0.1. She went one better this year, swimming a real canny race in the heats to finish 3rd on 1.07.09 in the 13 year old age group, doing enough to secure that place in her first National final. Despite her nerves and a very long wait Rachael carried the hat in style to secure 3rd spot in 1.05.41 (1.04.20) nothing more than a mere 0.4 between the top 3 so it came down to the longest finger nails – told her not to bite them!

Coming back on day 2 Rachael was in the 100 Free, although not making the final on this occasion a cracking swim, coming home in 1.02.73 (1.01.04) moved her to 19th in her age group, with only a second separating the top 18.

Rachael was fantastic once again, bright, bubbly and determined, and this year bringing home a very well deserved medal – thank you Rach for another fantastic couple of days.

THE STORY DOESN’T STOP THERE………there is no stopping this girl.

Not only has she been recalled for the new round of development weekends starting in Sept 2007 in Warwick, Rachael has now been selected as one of only 115 – yes 115 – swimmers nation wide to be placed on the training programme for 2012 Olympics. Joining some fabulous swimmers, Alex Hooper, David Gregory and Fern Davies to name a few, she will be attending 3 very special training sessions a year and constantly monitored through out the years to come – so Rach you go girl show them what you’ve got and give us all a reason to be even more glued to our tv’s in 2012 – everyone is behind you and yep we will all be shouting at the tv when you walk out for the 100 fly – well done Rach, another fantastic achievement.
Tracey

 

Child Protection Training
As part of the Swim21 accreditation any person over the age of 16 that will be on pool side in any capacity must have a valid training certificate - they last 3yrs. Since the club has a number of new and renewing 'candidates' a training session in Market Drayton has been arranged, rather than using a session at Shirehall. All the spaces have initially been allocated with a letter to those individuals, however it is very likely that not all will be able to attend so let Debbie Grindrod know if you'd like to be put on the reserve list . To cover costs we will offer any untaken spaces to other clubs.

Club Championship Dates Confirmed
The dates have now been finalized with the pool for our annual Club Championships (see diary).  For those swimmers who have not yet completed in this annual event this is something that happens every year around November.  Swimmers will receive a club champ entry form which will state details of all the events which are being run and the days on which each of the events will be taking place.  It is hoped that EVERY swimmer will enter all of those events which the coach(es) feel you are able to do.  From the entry form you will note that some age groups are restricted to certain events, these are standard guidelines which are operated within the Shropshire County Age Group Championships which are held every year in Feb/March.  Entry forms will be handed out at the beginning of September and once you have decided (along with your coach) which of the entries you are  entering, you need to complete the form, get your coach to sign it and hand in your payment and form to Debbie/David Grindrod.

Medals are awarded for the first three places in all of the age group events and certificates for the subsequent placing.  These along with the annual trophies will be presented to swimmers at our annual presentation evening (normally held in the beginning of January).  Another event in which ALL swimmers and parents/families are encouraged to attend to celebrate the success of every swimmer.

Success at Midland Open Water Championships
A warm sunny day for spectators but a chilly water temperature of 15 degrees (Drayton pool is 29 degrees) awaited the swimmers of the Midland Open Water Championships at Bosworth Lake, Leicestershire on Sunday 22nd July. Caroline, an old hand at open water swimming, had managed to talk both Ian & Nikki into open water for their first event on the assurance that Bosworth was one of the warmer places to swim! (Hmm)

Our three swimmers, Caz, Ian and Nikki (see below and Gallery for more pics), took to the water for each of their events to battle with the cold, the weed, the ducks and the fish. At 9.30, an already cold Caz, aiming to uphold her lead in the Grand Prix Series, waded in first for her 5000 meter swim. After initial jostling for position at the start, she settled into her stride in 2nd place, behind title rival Erica Brown, and kept good pace during the race. An apprehensive Ian followed into the water 15 minutes later for his 3000 meter swim. After quickly acquainting himself with cold temperature, he lined up for the start and set off, blending into the racing line with the 5k swimmers and having Caz shout words of encouragement whilst still in her race. After 1000 meters, Ian then started to pace himself and started to overtake a few swimmers he knew he would have to beat for the Team Award. Settling in 3rd place overall and 1st in his age group (17-19 yrs), he kept good speed for the remainder of the race and finished in a respectable 39m16.48s (gold medal), a time that bettered his only two pool swims at that distance. Caz continued to push in her final stages and finished a well deserved second overall in an amazing time of 60m00.43s (silver medal). This gained her the Junior Womens Midland Open Water title and still keeping a firm hold on the lead of the Grand Prix Series. Just as Caz was finishing, an upbeat Nikki (not wanting to be outdone by her brother) was taking to the water for her 1500 meter swim. Again, jostling for position at the start, she started at good speed in 4th place and after 700 meters had moved up to 3rd place. A battle for position down the home straight with City of Derbys Larna Picknell saw Nikki take a wide berth into the final approach and a quick sprint to the finish gave her a lead over Larna to take 2nd overall and 2nd in her age group with a time of 21m30.02s (silver medal).

The intrepid three also took the team award for the fastest aggregate time over the three distances of 120m46.93s (gold medals), beating Derby Phoenix by around 14 minutes and Etwall Eagles by around 18 minutes. Well done to all three who also in the process raised over £200 in sponsorship to assist in the building of an Orphanage in Kenya.

Next event, Grand Prix Series Final and National Open Water Age Group Championships at Holme Pierrepont, Nottinghamshire on 25th August 2007.

Marlin Awards
Well done to the following Marlins who have achieved their Level 10 award:-

Katy Aylward, Anna Aylward, Edward Saxon, Jade Morton, Charlotte Chapman, Harry Riley, Holly Guy, Caira Hogan and Katie Deakin.

Crusader Report Round 4 – 23 June 2007 (Final one from Tracey L - Webmaster)
What can I say, after the longest slowest coach journey of the year, and the most gala unfriendly pool I think we have ever been to and more holes in the team than a string vest, everyone rose to the challenge yet again, and what an unbelievable job you have done to maintain 3rd overall with some fabulous swims you never cease to amaze me.

I have to say a massive well done to Jade who came along to her first gala, producing 2 wonderful relays and what an individual to start with butterfly – well done Jade. Also Edward who made the anchor on both relays for the under 10’s relay, not a sign of nerves Edward and well swum, hot on the heels of your sister you are now. The open girls freestyle relay team did it again and came in first on a fantastic 1.57.86, the open and 14/u boys came in a cracking first as well.

As a team you have excelled again:- Pb’s as follows

Harry  50 Breast  59.77
Jade  25 Fly  22.54
Richard  50 back  37.51 (relay split)
Richard  50 Back  37.26
Rachel M  100 Breast 1.27.45
  50 split 40.23
Rachel M  50 Back  35.51 (relay split)
Phoebe  50 Free  41.45
Phoebe  50 Back  47.11
Joshua P  50 Back  52.58
Jack  50 Free  35.39
Jack  50 Free  35.16 (relay split)

Richard being on form, couldn’t shift him on that back stroke but now there is no stopping him, Rachel who has picked up 3 pb’s, voluntarily put her self in for the breast stroke and gained two in one go, finally not to miss out Jack gained two pb’s in free style as well. So overall points were:

Leek  247
Biddulph  228
Market Drayton  206
Winsford  148
Buxton  138

Just a final word from me………..thank you CAN’T even come close, there are no words to tell you all what you mean to me as swimmers, you have been amazing, going from strength to strength; lifting your game every time you have been asked. Over the three years I have had some of the most memorable times, you have given me memories to cherish and I will continue to check out the web on a regular basis watching you grow stronger and stronger, and friends who have given me so much back up and support, Hannah let me know how you get on with your teachers, thank you for being such an incredible young lady, Catherine for you continued support and James I never did fill your book in for D of E! – thank you from the bottom of my heart for every thing, I will miss you all far more than you will ever know take care of you and yours with much love and best wishes …………………….Trace’

 

Land Training
MDSC has been running land training on a trial basis over the last 6 weeks which has proved to be very successful. The sessions run on a Wednesday from 4.50-5.50pm at Drayton Sports Centre on Betton Road, and are for swimmers who are 12 years of age and above and who swim 4 or more hours a week. It forms an important part of a swimmers training to help core stability, flexibility and stretching. There are places available and if you would like more information please ask Sarah Plows, any committee member or just turn up on a Wednesday.

New Head Coach Announced
Following the resignation of Tracey earlier this month,  the committee are pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Bundy as Head Coach from 24th June. Kevin is a highly qualified coach and is already known to a number of our swimmers from his Friday session. Kevin will be joining us from Wellington ASC. 

On May 20th 2007 Caroline Saxon swam her first Open Water Competition of the year.  She regained the Senior Women's 4K title at Colwick Pak, Nottingham.  Her plans are to swim in all rounds of the Grand Prix this year in Weymouth, Bosworth, Scarborough and the Nationals at Holme Pierriport, Nottingham.  Well done Caroline.

Y2K + 7 Fenton Manor, 19th May
This weekend just gone saw, James, Emma, Charlie, Courtney, Alex, Caroline and Haydn at The Cosaccs Open at Fenton Manor, and what a weekend, we came away with 8 Medals some more pb’s, and a telling off from one of the officials for not displaying our pass! No finals here, awards to top 6 in age groups.

Charlie 400 Free 5.25.26 PB
Charlie 100 IM 1.28.42 6th and a medal
Charlie  200 Free 2.37.53 6th and a medal
Alex 50 Free 27.87 Gold
Alex  200 Free 2.08.18 Gold
Courtney 50 Free 28.81 (Missed national by .4) Gold
Courtney 100 Free 1.04.09 Bronze
Alex 200 IM (first one in over 2 years) 2.27.21 Silver & PB
Haydn 100 Breast 1.16..22 Silver

With a fantastic swim from Caroline, showing she is well on her way back to form, equally as strong effort from Emma who did exactly as she was asked we had a brilliant weekend. James you go for it at Swindon we are all backing you and wishing you every success.
Tracey

35th Shropshire Secondary Schools Annual Championship
Well done to all those swimmers who took part in this Gala held at MDSC on Wed 16th May 2007.  There were a total of 10 of our swimmers representing their schools and they came away with 6 pbs.  Daniel Scriven came 3rd in the junior boys 100m back and 1st in the junior boys 100m breast.  Andy Viggars came 1st in the senior boys 100 fly and 100 breast.  Emma Bundy came 2nd in the girls intermediate 200IM and 3rd in the girls intermediate 100m freestyle.  James Wilson came in first in both the intermediate boys 100 free and 100 back.

Coventry Youth Midlands - 5/6/7 May
Courtney, Caroline, Helen, Emma, Ian and Alex all rose at the crack of dawn to trundle down the M6 for the weekend, with a real mixed bag of results.

Alex went off first in the 200 free, followed by Courtney and Caroline. Helen swam a 1.16.04 in the 100 back (she would never have come if we have told her it was long course!) Finish of the first day was 1500 for Alex. No pb’s to report, Helen did make it to the backstroke final but decided to pull out, and save herself for the 50’s and well worth it it was too.

Day two saw Emma, Courtney, Caroline and Helen swim fantastic 50 free’s, Courtney missing her National by .3 swimming 29.4 (converting to 28.7). Helen got into the 50 free final with a 29.82 (29.1) to then come THIRD in the final with 29.39 (28.7) - so not only her first two Midlands finals and a bronze medal, but 2 pb’s to boot. Ian, Caroline and Alex all braved the 800 swim, holding their own and producing some fantastic swims. Ian as nervous as ever but you would never guess the way he swam.

Final day saw Caroline and Alex swim through another 400 free, rounding the day off with Courtney as well, all 3 taking part in 100 free style, Alex coming back in a converted 1 minute dead Caroline 1.04.6 and Courtney having a major technical with non waterproof goggles still managing to finish in a converted 1.06.1.

It was a fantastic weekend regardless, coming back with a medal again so repeating last year and still got the age groups to go.
Tracey

Wrexham 4th Spring Meet 5/6 May 2007
Josh, Tom, Richard, Nathan, Haydn, Daniel and Jess went along to this two day meet under the guidance of the honorary coaches David Grindrod & Andrew Plows. Everyone came away with at least one PB – 17 in total & 7 with Nathan alone – and we had four finalists with Daniel (100m Breast), Haydn (100m Breast & 50m Fly) and Josh (50m Breast).

Full details here below are the PB’s.

 

Name  Event  Prelims/Final   Below are the swimmers for the two days.
 Jess  100m Breast  1.42.02
 Nathan  200m Back  3.13.84
 50m split  45.34
 100m split  1.33.87  
 Josh  50m fly  42.49
 Tom  200m free  2.28.86
 Nathan  200m free  2.47.10
 Nathan  100m fly  1:28.10
 Josh  50 free  31.67
 Nathan  50 free  34.87
 Nathan  100m IM  1.31.05
 Josh  50m Breast  39.19/39.11
 Richard  100m Back  1.19.20
 Daniel  200m Breast  2.55.32
 Jess  100m free  1.18.65
 Tom  100m free  1.08.71

Crusader report Round 3 - 28 April 07
Well that was a fantastic night and well done to one and all for some wonderful swimming, holding your own, against some tough competition 3rd should be enough to keep us in division one with one round to go, we are closing the gap on on Leek, lets see if we can get this last gala on the 23rd June ……..

Final points on the night 

Biddulph

236

Leek

221

Market Drayton

218

Winsford

170

Buxton

136

 And let's not forget we came way with 13 pbs 

Emma Bundy

100 IM

1.17.81

Haydn

100 IM

1.10.06

Hannah

100 back

1.26.74

Courtney

50 back

35.07

Libby

25 Fly

19.92

Alfie

25 Fly

20.50

Richard

50 Back

37.83

Jack

50 Breast

49.34

Caroline

100 Free

1.02.98

Joseph H

50 Back

42.51

Jamie

50 Breast

41.81

Tom Plows

50 Fly

35.60

Joshua P

50 Back

53.70

I also need to say that was the first and fastest ever open girls freestyle relay, coming back after two swims in sub minute and overall swim time of 1.57.08 , go girls and the boys pippin that 3rd spot by .1 absolutely fantastic. You were all so good thank you so much from your coach. I also need to say thank you to everyone who helped out with the gala, timekeeping, judging electronics, scoring, announcers, door monitors and poolside staff without you there simply wouldn’t be a gala at all so thank you from the coach and swimmers - Tracey.

Inter – county gala Stockport 21 April
Three swimmers went along to this Gala, Rachael, Alex and Courtney, all 3 had some fab swims, Courtney missing national by 0.6s

Rachael has done it again in her 100 and 50 fly pb’d on both 100 – 1.05.63 converts out to 1.04.50 and 50 29.49 converts out to a 28.80

What more can I say – thank you guys for giving up your Saturday and well done to you all.

Shrewsbury Open 7 April 2007
Well with only 7 swimmers on board and probably what felt like the hottest day of the year, we baked in that glasshouse to leave a definite footprint in the medal tally. Although we didn’t come away with any midland qualifiers we still held our head high.

Poor Sophie, had the awful experience of swimming without her goggles but she stuck with it bless her and got to the end

Richard

200 Free

35.35

1.14.45

2.33.85

Bronze

Richard

100 Back

40.47

1.23.31

Bronze

Richard

200 IM

41.44 (fly)

2.55.73

 

Richard

100 Free

35.36

1.13.19

 

Richard

100 Breast

 

1.33.50

 

Bronze

Richard

200 Back

 

 

2.51.30

Silver

Nathan

200 Free

38.96

1.22.96

2.52.37PB

Nathan

100 Back

46.66

1.36.64

 

 Nathan

200 Back

 

 

3.18.67PB

Nathan

100 Free

38.69

1.20.56

 

Jack

200 Free

41.18

1.30.21

3.05.55PB

Jack

100 Free

40.41

1.25.06PB

 

Jack

200 Breast

53.69

1.54.63PB

3.53.11PB

Jack

100 Breast

 

1.51.12PB

 

Tom

200 IM

37.12 (fly)

2.48.00

Gold

Tom

100 Breast

 

1.31.10

Silver

Courtney

200 IM

41.18 (fly)

2.46.02

 

Courtney

100 Free

31.61

1.05.20

Silver

Courtney

100 Free final

31.33

1.04.55

4th in the final

Courtney

50 Free

29.54

 

Gold

Courtney

Skins

Rd 1

Rd 2

 

Haydn

100 Breast

 

1.16.79

Gold

Haydn

100 Breast final

 

1.16.54

Silver

Sophie

100 Free

39.08

1.28.21PB

 

Sophie

100 back

 

1.24.55PB

 

A massive well done to you all - Tracey

British Swimming Championships
Rachael Kelly has done another first and qualified for the British swimming championships in her number one event.

Taking place on Wednesday 28 March at Manchester Rachael went away in heat 2, and swam a perfect race timed to perfection finished first in her heat, which put her 2nd in her own age group, 9th overall and reserve finalist for the junior final.

Reaction time 0.76 50 split 31.63 and 1.06.58 Long course – converting to 1.05.40

A brilliant afternoon, and yet another fantastic result, well done Rach - nothing less than you deserve. Thank you Tim and Carol for taking me to another incredible event.

Tracey

Counties Summary ....the final tally!
 

Weekend

PB's

Bronze

Silver

Gold

MDQT

NQT

1st

73

7

19

8

13

2nd

53

7

14

6

10

1

3rd

45

12

14

6

1

 

Total

170

26

47

20

24

2

 MDQT = Midland Qualifying time, NQT    = National Qualifying time

CAG 2007 - Third weekend
Counties overview - Thank you from the coach

Well that is another manic few weekends done and dusted and my goodness what a brilliant crew you are, we have turned up some amazing results with so few of us compared to the big clubs we came out 6th overall with less than 30 swimmers in total taking on the big guns.

Extra bonus on the overall result for the third year running IAN MARTIN has retained top boy which is just fantastic, we also had several runners up Alex Fraser, Emma Scriven, Rachael Kelly. The 12 year old boys are certainly making their presence felt in there with Tom, Richard and Josh all featuring heavily.

We have achieved even more qualifiers this year and Rachael has secured her 2nd National qualifying time. The skins turned out to be our best ever as we managed to get qualifiers in three out of four events.

I also want to thank all the parents who gave up their time to either judge, time keep or team manage over the weekends, without you it would not happen

You have been fantastic, you have achieved so much and there is so much to come, thank you so much, for another great year at the counties and just for being you.  

One more thing…………Congratulations to Tim Kelly and Lesley Rumney now fully qualified judges

Tracey

Full results, and splits, for our swimmers can be found here - full gala results are at the Shropshire ASA site here.

CAG 2007 - Second weekend
Full results, and splits, for our swimmers can be found here - full gala results are at the Shropshire ASA site here.

CAG 2007 - First Weekend
Firstly, thank you for putting up with your ailing Coach all weekend, and although most of it passed in a blur it wasn’t blurred enough to cover up the fantastic weekend you have all had and I am so proud of you all with so few of you there the medal tally and qualifying times shout at you, so well done to each and everyone of you. Achievements are high and we still have two weekends to go.

Full results, and splits, for our swimmers can be found here - full gala results are at the Shropshire ASA site here.

Inter county gala February 11th at Fenton Manor
5 MD swimmers went to the inter county gala to represent Shropshire, Rachael, Courtney, Alex, Charlie and Jess Rumney all swam well and gave their all.

Courtney came away with a pb for her 50 Backstroke at 36.10

Crusader – Biddulph Round 2 – February 17th 2007

Biddulph

241

Leek

234

Market Drayton      

210

Winsford

145

Buxton

157

Individual event  pb’s

Caroline

100 IM

1.14.73 (FRT)

Caroline

100 Breast

1.29.95 (FRT)

James W

100 IM

1.07.57

Emma

100 Back

1.18.47  (50 38.35)

Charlie

  50 Fly

37.52

Henry W

  50 Breast

1.03.94?

Alfie

  25 Fly

22.43?

Jess B

  50 Breast

46.45

Charlie

  50 Back

40.96

Josh P

  50 Back

55.12?

Relay Splits

Jess B

50 Free

36.21

Allison

50 Free

34.23

Allison

50 Back

42.15

Emma

50 Back

37.57

Caroline

50 Breast

41.62 (FRT)

Haydn

50Breast

33.56

George F

50 Free

37.13

Josh P

50 Free

50.20

Alfie

50 Free

42.38

Caroline

50 Free

29.00 (FRT)

James

50 Free

26.09

 

What a brilliant bunch you are, full team, 4 more new swimmers Harry Riley and Joshua Poultney both swam so well, Caroline Saxon and Emma Bundy both helped us out greatly in the open field, big thank you to Caroline for doing the dreaded 100 Breaststroke. With even more cracking pb’s and doing so well to move into 3rd place this time we are showing we are a solid developing team, aim is now to go into the next gala with home advantage and maintain our good form, we  would like to stay in division one so that is our next goal.

Wrekin Swimming
Please note that there will be no swimming at Wrekin on the following dates due to the County Championships taking place on these weekends.

Friday 23rd February, Sunday 25th February
Friday 9th March & Sunday 11th March
Friday 23rd March & Sunday 25th March

If anyone has any concerns over lost hours swimming or fees then please speak to the treasurer, Tim Kelly.

Crusader – Winsford Round 1 - January 20th 2007
Well done to Phoebe Tustin and Harry Fradley, who were literally thrown into the deep end, for our daring relay team for the 11/12 year olds who fought valiantly to hold their own. Jack Booth for volunteering to do 50 Fly, not once but twice, and Henry Wright who despite being really nervous gave us some wonderful swims, all anchored together by George who is becoming an old hand at all this.

Despite being without a relay team, and interchanging swimmers for the girls 11/12 years you did again perform really well, we had some mega competition out there - Biddulph were like a whole new team, Leek and Winsford continue to give us a hard time! No DQ’s at all. Final results were:-
 

Biddulph

235

Leek

219

Winsford

187

Market Drayton      

179

Buxton

151

 The following PB's have been verified and included in the latest PB chart.

Individual event  pb’s

Allison

50 Breast

52.70

Jack Booth

50 Breast

49.67

Courtney

100 Free

1.02.60

Ian

100 Free

59.54

George F

50 back

47.42

Andy Viggars

100 IM

1.08.06

Zoe

50 Fly

37.47

Jack B

50 Fly

43.78

Henry W

50 Breast

58.64

Henry W

25 Fly

26.56

Catriona Jones

50 Free

41.13

Harry F

50 Free

1.01.84

Relay Splits

Richard

50 Back

38.20

Tom Plows

50 Fly

36.59

Daniel S

50 Free

31.62

Jack Booth

50 Free

37.30

Harry Fradley

50 Free

50.05

George Fradley

50 Free

37.36

Henry W

50 Free

43.86

Josh B

50 Free

32.03

Jodie GJ

50 Breast

42.90

Allison Smith

50 Free

35.38

Zoe

50 Free

34.67

Hannah G

50 Free

32.85

Next Crusader February 17th 5.30 warm up at Biddulph

Brierley Hill
Three swimmers went to the Brierley Hill open on the 21st of January race specific to try and secure Midland and National times,

Rachael acquired her 100 Free National and was 1st in her age group and was 1st in the 200 Fly as well securing her midland time there as well

Courtney secured her 50 Free Midland qualifying time and was 2nd in her age group

Alex re-swam his 400 free and his Midland qualifying time,

We had 6 events 4 possible finals which all 3 swimmers made all the finals

James also went along, although swimming for Shrewsbury, he managed to secure several Midlands got into the 50 free final and a pocketful of pb’s. 

Rachael

100 Free

1.01.59 National

 

200 Fly

2.34.15 MDQT

Courtney

50 Free

29.46 MDQT

James

50 Fly

30.60

 

200 Free

2.08.40

 

400 Free

4.35.78

 

100 Back

1.05.08

 

200 Back

2.23.55

 

200 IM

2.25.94

 

50 Free

26.55

Like the New Track Suits?
Last chance to order your "subsidised" Club tracksuits - list and sizing chart on the notice board. Orders and full payment by the end of February. Tracksuits can be ordered after this but at the full price.

Coaches Report for Speedo final at Stechford – Sunday 14th January 2007
Well what can I say, you were all just amazing, I don’t know if you realise but you were the only team there who were a team, no a and b team for us, so what you have achieved is frankly fantastic you shone.

As a coach I could ask for no more on the day, we held our own, head up high - now to survive in Division 2!

We have achieved an amazing 34 pb’s, yep that includes relay splits but it will just show you how fast you were swimming, on checking times you nearly all swam at pb or above, you produced some wonderful swims, a few dodgy turns and finishes. We have now become a very small fish in a very big pond; so let’s dig deep, work hard and be ready to take them on in October.

A massive thank you to Carol Simone and Tracey for keeping me calm and taking no notice of my panic, to Debbie for announcing, Justin and David for timekeeping, Lesley for Judging and Andi for chief timekeeping.

We make a fantastic team; it is a privilege to be your coach – thank you.

Individual event  pb’s

Tom Plows

100 Fly

1.25.85

Adam

100 Free

1.06.04 (3 second pb)

Andy

100 Breast

1.14.22

Ian

100 Back

1.13.57

Joseph (Joe)

  50 Back

44.48

Daniel S

100 Breast

1.23.63

Alex

100 Back

1.09.50

Jess R

 50 Back

  39.26

Zoe

 50 Fly

  38.84

Becky H

50 Back 42.69 1001.29.58

 

Jess B

50 Breast

47.19

Jess R

50 Free

33.43**

Relay Splits

Jess B

50 Free

36.38

Zoe

50 Free

35.16

Joseph (Joe)

50 Free

40.65

George F

50 Free

37.41

Jodie

50 Fly

36.01

Sophie

50 Free

35.56

Sophie

50 Free

34.35 **

Jodie

50 Free

32.59

Nikki

50 Free

32.85

Rachael

50 Free

27.28

Daniel

50 Breast

37.19

Daniel

50 Free

31.84

Haydn

50 Free

28.22

Andy

50 Breast

33.25

Zoe

50 Back

42.29

Jess R

50 Free

32.35 **

Tom Plows

50 Free

32.51

Haydn

50 Back

36.38

Alex

50 Fly

30.59

Ian

50 Free

27.23

Andy

50 Free

27.53

** this signifies not one but two pb’s in the same gala

Finalists Speedo Gala - Stechford

Most of the Team prior to the Gala, showing off the new club Tracksuits.

Full report to follow, but final results were:-

1st Boldmere 'B' 209
2nd Droitwich Dolphins 184.5
3rd Market Drayton 167.5
4th Linslade Crusaders 163
5th Etwall Eagles 159
6th City Coventry 'C' 159

Top 4 are promoted to Division 2 - So promotion and Division 3 north winners, not a bad result for our first season.

Presentation Evening
Market Drayton Swimming Club held their annual presentation evening on Saturday 13th January 2007 at the Four Alls - photographs to follow.  The swimming trophies were awarded as follows:

MOST IMPROVED GIRL – Jodie Garner-Jones

MOST IMPROVED BOY – Adam Rumney

TOP MARLIN GIRL – Phoebe Tustin

TOP MARLIN BOY – George Fradley

MOST DEDICATED SWIMMER GIRL – Nikki Martin

MOST DEDICATED SWIMMER BOY – Ian Martin

MOST IMPROVED SENIOR SWIMMER – Haydn Adleburgh

TOP BOY – Alex Fraser

TOP GIRL – Rachael Kelly

SWIMMER WITH MOST PBS – Rachael Kelly & Richard Grindrod

TOP JUNIOR SWIMMER BOY(S) – Joshua Brereton & Tom Plows

TOP JUNIOR SWIMMER GIRL(S) – Sophie Heathcote & Zoe Worthington

OVERALL TOP SWIMMER – Rachael Kelly

MDQT MEDALS 2006 – Alex Fraser, Rachael Kelly, Courtney Pickstone, Charlie Thomas,
Richard Grindrod, Nikki Martin, Stephie Henderson, Becky Shelly-Hitchen.

NATIONAL SWIMMER 2006 – Rachael Kelly

CLUB PERSON AWARD 2006 – David  & Deb Grindrod

CLUB CAPTAINS 2007
Girls Captain – Courtney Pickstone         Vice Captain – Rachael Kelly        
Boys Captain – Alex Fraser                    Vice Captain – Haydn Adleburgh