Herts ASA Development Meet
THREE Hoddesdon SC junior members travelled to The Venue Borehamwood to compete in the Herts ASA Development Meet on Sunday 17th November. The development is designed to give swimmers from around Hertfordshire aged between 9 and 11 an opportunity to prepare for the Hertfordshire County Championships. There are no minimum qualifying times but swimmers can only enter for events at which they have not previously swum in the County Championships. There are "no faster than" times which equate to the qualifying times for the County Championships; swimmers who have already recorded times faster than these cannot enter, whilst swimmers who achieve those times during the event do not receive a medal - their reward is to compete in the County Championships.
Rhys Dolan aged 11 who swam in a total of seven events over the two sessions won two gold medals in the 200m backstroke (3:15.38) and the 50m backstroke (41.55); a bronze medal in the 100m Individual Medley (1:35.46); 4th in the 200m freestyle (3:13:00) and the 50m freestyle (38.18); 5th in the 200m breaststroke (4:02.85) and the 50m breaststroke (52.41) and achieved four new personal best times.
Lara Fahy aged 10 swam in two events during the morning session the 200m Individual Medley and the 200m backstroke. Swimming her first ever 200m IM Lara recorded an unofficial time of 4.35.46 but was disqualified for coming off her back on one of the turns, however, she then swam the 200m backstroke with perfect turns recording a new personal best time of more than 8 seconds 4.03.18 finishing in 6th place.
Dougie Grayling aged 10 swam in two events in the afternoon session the 200m breaststroke smashing his personal best time by 12 seconds (4:30.18) finishing in 7th place and then in the 50m breaststroke gaining a further personal best time of 4 seconds (57.32).
Head Coach Janet Warrington said “It was a pleasure to coach the three young swimmers at the Herts ASA Development Meet. They were all very mature and showed brilliant attitudes. The 200m race is a tough race yet they swam their events consistently and with courage. I am very proud of them.”