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Crediton & District Swimming Club aims to promote the sport of swimming through its training program which helps swimmers reach maximum competitive potential according to their individual levels of ambition, ability and application. The club caters to swimmers of all ages and abilities. We are home to a progressive coaching program which is supported through our squad structure. We offer various levels of competition with training tailored to suit; including team competitions such as in-house galas and team league competitions, to individual events of Inter Club Championships to County, Regional, and ultimately, National competition levels.
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Distance swims Sunday 6th December 17:00
Verrier Trophy Sunday 13th December 17:00*
Inflatable Session Sunday 20th December 17:00 and 18:00, training 19:00.
Pool closed on Monday 21st only training session Tuesday 29th 07:00 – 08:00.
Training returns to normal on 3rd January 2016.
*The Verrier trophy is a trophy awarded to four swimmers, who swim together to have the fastest FC and Medley relay times. The combined ages of the swimmers need to be under a certain limit. Teams are usually organised on the night.
British Gas ASA National Masters & Senior Age Group Championships
Ponds Forge, Sheffield
23rd – 25th October 2015
The event as always, took place at Ponds Forge the home of swimming for the majority of Masters Swimmers in the country…..and probably a lot of age groupers as well. The pool is now a little dated and rough at the edges but always produces the goods. I do not know if it is the proximity of all the accommodation, the water or familiarity but Masters Swimmers usually produce their season bests, age group bests and even personal bests at Ponds Forge and so it was for the swimmers of Crediton with Matt swimming 5 season bests, Darren 3 and Emma 1. The Nationals for us older swimmers is not just about the swimming, it is also about meeting our competitors and friends, discussing the events of the year leading up to the Nationals and socialising in the evenings talking shop and life. We really appreciated being invited out for a meal by the Exmouth swimmers on Saturday along with a few from Wincanton and Shrewsbury. A great evening was had by all making most of the hour gained from the clocks changing.
Matt started the proceedings on Friday afternoon swimming the 200m Freestyle (2:22.04) in his best time since moving up an age group. After a torturous five hour drive I joined them for the evening session and swam the 200m Butterfly (2:36.80) to swim for silver, posting the second fastest time in the UK this year for my age group. Early on Saturday, Matt swam a very controlled and even 400m (5:06.48) Freestyle with a season’s best time. I swam next in the 100m IM (1:09.86) missing my PB by 100th of second. Emma was poorly so only swam one event over the weekend, the 50m Breaststroke on Saturday afternoon and still conjured up the effort to swim a season’s best of 38.40. This was followed by Matt and myself swimming the 100m Butterfly. Matt swimming yet another age group best (1:15.99) and then topped this off by doing the same in the evening in the 100m Freestyle (1:02.46). I finished the evening by swimming 200m Breaststroke (2:47.08) for another silver medal and second fastest ranked time in the UK. The competition organisers made use of the hour gained by some to start the Sunday warm up at 7.15am with racing commencing at 8.30am and for me the 400m IM (5.25.25), which felt like swimming uphill for 16 lengths. Matt had a better idea by swimming the splash and dash 50m Freestyle (27.74) in yet another age group best to finish a great weekend for him and his best swimming for a couple of years. I finished the weekend competition with the 50m Butterfly (30.00) and with an aching body produced my best short course time for two years.
It is now back to some hard training in preparation for the European Masters at the Olympic Pool in London next May, but before that the Club Championships next month.
Medals won by the whole cross section of Masters swimmers from Crediton
With two Seniors and four Masters swimmers Crediton & District Swimming Club hit the water with force at Tiverton Pool on 13th September and medals were won by all those that competed; Darren Beer, Emma Hockin, Matt Hockin, Sue Walker, James Hudson and Daniel Mather. The team won an impressive 15 winners medals between them. James and Sue swam this event for the first time showing the diverse age range and strength within the club, with Sue swimming her first Masters gala for 20 years… impressed. All three of her freestyle swims putting her in the top 4 of her age group in the UK this year. Daniel and James each swam personal best times in the 200m freestyle and 50m breaststroke respectively.
Mens 100m Freestyle 45-49 2 1:02.37
Mens 200m Freestyle 45-49 1 2:17.80
Mens 50m Breaststroke 45-49 1 36.04
Womens 50m Freestyle 30-34 1 31.70
Womens 50m Breaststroke 30-34 1 40.07
Womens 100m Breaststroke 30-34 1 1:25.54
Mens 100m Freestyle 30-34 2 1:04.70
Mens 50m Breaststroke 30-34 1 41.62
Mens 50m Butterfly 30-34 2 33.86
Womens 50m Freestyle 65-69 1 37.08
Womens 100m Freestyle 65-69 1 1:24.23
Womens 200m Freestyle 65-69 1 3:07.60
Boys 100m Freestyle 15-16 1 1:05.57
Boys 50m Breaststroke 15-16 1 37.59
Boys 100m Individual Medley 15-16 1 1:14.24
Boys 100m Breaststroke 15-16 1 1:28.24
Boys 50m Freestyle 15-16 2 29.47
Boys 50m Freestyle 17-18 1 28.49
Boys 200m Freestyle 17-18 1 2:14.74
On 27th September Darren Beer, Emma Hockin and Matt Hockin, travelled up to Millfield School in Somerset to compete in the Western Counties Masters Long Course Competition (50 metre Pool).
These are the outstanding results after totting up all the stats:
• 4 Western Counties Masters Long Course Records
• 6 Masters Long Course Personal Bests
• 8 Wins
All three won events at the Championships, although they had run out of gold medals the time they went to pick them up and had to borrow some for the team photo. Matt was using the event as a gauge to entry for the European Masters Championships next May and trying to gain extra points for the Masters Decathlon Competition. Likewise, Darren was using this to gain long course experience in preparation for the European event and in doing so swam 3 PBs and 3 records, with his 50m butterfly being his fastest ever. Emma rounded up proceedings by swimming a record time in the 50m breaststroke and a lifetime best in the 50m freestyle.
Men’s 100m Breaststroke 1:20.65 (R)
Men’s 50m Freestyle 28.80 (R)
Men’s 200m Individual Medley 2:37.23
Men’s 50m Butterfly 30.30
Men’s 50m Breaststroke 36.55 (R)
Ladies 50m Freestyle 31.07
Ladies 100m Freestyle 1:10.70
Ladies 50m Breaststroke 39.95 (R)
50m Freestyle 29.57
50m Backstroke 37.73
200m Individual Medley 2:57.40
50m Butterfly 34.27