Dear all

As we have come to the end of the swimming season, I thought I would give you a brief summary of how this season has gone.

Before I do, I would like to say a big thank you to swimmers, parents, coaches, committee and anyone else connected with Watford swimming club. You have made my first year a fun filled one and it has been/is a pleasure to be your Head coach.

I have to start with the National championships that have been taking place in and around Sheffield over the past couple of weeks. Watford had 4 swimmers qualify for these champs in all manner of races. First up on the blocks (well, lake jetty) was Marcus Kemp in the 3km open water. This was only Marcus' 2nd ever open water swim- the 1st being a week earlier in Norwich where he qualified for the champs. Marcus swam very well and would have finished well within the top 20 in his age group but due to a counting errors, Marcus swam an extra lap so finished 24th. But on the upside, we do have the unofficial 4km British champion now!

Louis Hines has had a fantastic year. Not only did his swim at the Paralympic trial placing him 3rd in the country for 200fc , but he qualified for a number of events at the National championships too.  Louis' best result was winning the 200fc, where he dominated from start to finish. Louis also claimed a silver medal in the 100fc. Louis placed well in the 200 IM on day 2, but his best swim on that day was the 50FC ,which he placed silver again. Day 3 he swam the 400fc and again swam himself to a good 4th place. His last race of the week was the 100bk, in which he finished in the top 10.

Erin O'Meara competed in the 200br, in which she swam a very strong race. Erin finished 14th overall, not bad considering she had an injury to her knee during the run up to nationals. Erin had a fantastic 50br and she swam a massive pb 35.9, this saw her finish 13th and just missed out on a final place by 0.2 sec.

Harrison Lee swam in the longest race in the pool at these nationals, the 1500m fc. Harrison swam a good pb, which saw him finish overall 10th in his age group. It was pleasing to see all of those long sessions over the past 3months paying off!
          Overall, as a club, Watford finished top 20 - putting us in the top 20 best clubs in England. Fantastic!

The other major competitive events on the swimming calendar are the regional and county champs. I'm pleased to say AGAIN...we had a great year in these too. We had the biggest number of qualifiers this season compared to recent years and our swimmers did not let us down. We came away from these champs with not only a large number of medals, but more importantly to me, lots of new fantastic pb's .The same was true for the county champs. We came away with their highest number of medals, with over 60 won and again - fantastic pb's.

Watford also showed their strength in the Peanuts league. The A team finished 2nd overall and the B team really demonstrated our strength in depth at the junior level of the club. In all 3 rounds swimmers swam some fantastic pb's, and it was so pleasing to see the level of support both teams had. Not only swimmers supporting their team mates, but lots of noise came from the parents too!

At the turn of the year I introduced a new structure to the club, which had a big impact on everyone involved with Watford. This new structure brought a new drive to be the strongest competitive club possible. Again, well done to swimmers and parents stepping up and meeting this new challenge. In the near future we will tweaking the top end of the club structure to ensure we keep getting stronger. Information on this will be out shortly.

When I joined Watford I made no secret of the fact that we had a rebuild job to do, to get Watford back where it should be. This year we have made huge strides to achieving this goal. So I'm really looking forward to the new season, where we can continue on this journey of success. 

Some simple aims for the upcoming season:
1- Arena league- finish top 3
2- Counties-  more qualifiers and more medals than 2016
3- Regionals- more qualifiers and more medals than 2016
4- Nationals - more qualifiers and more medals than 2016
5- Attendance to sessions increase in every squad. IF YOU TURN UP MORE, WE CAN MAKE YOU FASTER!!!!!!!

Thank you for a great season and have a good break.

See you in September.

Kelvin Jones

November 21st & 22nd 2019

Watford County Qualifier Open Meet

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Watford Regional Qualifier Open Meet

June 22nd & 23rd 2019- Info Here

Terry Davies Open Meet

  Qualifying Times & Schedules 2019

Hertfordshire County Championships 2019

East Region 2019 Long Course Champs (50m)

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