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  1. A total of twenty four of our swimmers competed over the two weekends of the CCASA County Championships at the end of February. The Championships attract all the best swimmers from Cornwall and is the highlight of many of these swimmers’ year. The format had been changed this year, introducing finals for the younger age groups (10 to 15yrs) in the 50m and 100m events. The largest shift has come from qualification for events changing from ‘age on day’ to ‘age by the 31 st December’, meaning the age you turn in any one year is the age you swim in regardless of whether you have a birthday at the start or end of the year.  The old age groups have also been altered scrapping 9 year olds for a combined 10/11 year old category.  
    Junior and Senior Championships have been retained and trophies or medals are awarded to the first 6 swimmers in each event.  The seniors swim this in their finals but for the juniors these are worked out from all the ages 15 and under.

    St Austell is a fairly small club in comparison with some of the others but our swimmers achieved some pretty amazing results. From a total of 160 swims (not including finals) they achieved 113 personal best times (71%) and some of those were huge PB's. Our age group swimmers (10-15yrs) came away with 6 gold, 21 silver and 10 bronze medals with a further 19 finalist placings. From this they also achieved 1 gold, 9 silver and 3 bronze medals in the Junior Championships with two other placings.

    Our older swimmers (16 plus) compete in the Senior Championships and they achieved 9 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals with another 7 placings (top six)

    The next level of competition for our swimmers is the Regional Championships which take place in May. From the County Champs nine of our swimmers have achieved 25 Regional consideration times and 22 Regional qualifying times between them and there are others who are very close.

    Clubs also compete for The Ellis Trophy, which is awarded to the club with the most points from the Championships. Points are awarded to the top six in age group and in finals. Eleven clubs entered the Championships and St Austell finished in a very credible 4th place with 601 points, behind Newquay 845.5 points, Carn Brea & Helston 1072.5 points and the winners Truro City 1428.5 points.

    A very satisfying County Championships for the Club and for the swimmers. Thanks to Allan (Head coach) and Dan (Junior coach) who were with the swimmers every step of the way and to all the helpers and parents  

    For all the results for the St Austell swimmers, please click here

    Full results from the whole Championships can be found on the CCASA website

  2. The Junior Inter Club Gala took place today, 16th January 2016 at Penzance leisure centre.  The format was a change from previous years as the teams all competed together in one Division and the events/heats were seeded on swimmers' times.

    Eight clubs competed - St Austell, Truro, Carn Brea & Helston, North Cornwall Dragons, St Ives, Launceston, Newquay and Penzance.

    We knew our swimmers were in good form, and the team spirit has been really on the up, so we were hopeful of a sound result.

    Well, what a day our swimmers had! They all came and swam with passion and put so much effort into getting every single extra point that it was a real pleasure to watch. We consistantly finished in the top placings and as the day went on we became more and more hopeful. We knew we were in second place after the halfway stage but the 2nd to 5th placed clubs were so close in points. The second session was a really tight affair, with those competing clubs battling for every point - we knew it was going to be close

    At the final result, we waited with bated breath, and finally got the result I believe we really deserved - 2nd place overall! What a terrific achievement and well deserved by all the swimmers.

    Congratulations to Truro City SC for taking the winners trophy and to all the other competing clubs. It was a well fought competition.

    We are really proud of all the swimmers - so many huge PB's and so much passion. We are also thankful to the passion of Allan and Dan. Great job done!!

    Thanks also to all the helpers and the parents. We could hear all the support on poolside - It was a great atmosphere!

  3. Our last club night is Monday 14th December, so for all teaching groups that will be their last session until Monday 4th January. We then swim as normal until Friday 18th December - so all squads have the same swimming available until then. On Sunday 20th December, many of our swimmers are competing at Plymouth in the Christmas sprint meet, so we are trying to arrange some fun event for that day, for any remaining swimmers. Keep watching this post for further details

    There is then some restricted swimming during the Christmas break - 

    Monday 21st December - Full pool between 7pm and 8pm. Any squad swimmers can attend

    Wednesday 23rd December - Full pool between 7pm and 8pm. Any squad swimmers can attend

    Tuesday 29th December - 3 lanes from 7pm to 8pm. Senior & Junior Peformance squads only

    Wednesday 30th December - Full pool between 7pm and 8pm. Any squad swimmers can attend

    Saturday 2nd January - 8.40am to 9.40am - Water polo as usual

    Sunday 3rd January - All swimming as normal (including Masters)