On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th Evesham Swimming Club supported around 80 members at the local Wychavon Invitational Meet hosted by Pershore Swimming Club. The meet was held at Perdiswell Leisure Centre in Worcester and the event proved highly successful for our team of talented swimmers. With around 45 different ESC swimmers being awarded a medal over the weekend, we recorded an amazing 176 medals. This breaks down into 70 Gold, 60 Silver and 46 Bronze.
The event was a great opportunity for our youngest swimmers to gain some valuable racing experience. Swimming for the very first time in a competitive environment, against swimmers from other clubs, all of the swimmers were superb and gained a great deal from the experience and success that they achieved.
For our (slightly) older swimmers it was a brilliant opportunity to secure some final County Qualifying times that the swimmers have been working towards since the start of the year. With many swimmers securing some extra events to their tally we also saw Noah Cornes, Harry Gazeley, Seb Hughes and Phoebe Gartrell achieve their first ever county times for the 2024 championships. At the club we now have 59 County Swimmers preparing to represent the club in the 2024 County Championships in 486 events that they have qualified for. This smashes our previous best number of swimmers by 35% and the number of qualified swims by 108%. This really emphasises the level of progress they are making. The hard work, perseverance and dedication they have is really paying off in the pool. We now have six swimmers with all events secured and a further 8 who are one or two swims from a full house. This has never been seen before across so many swimmers.
We are so proud of the achievements that we are seeing in the pool and the confident individuals they are growing into – we firmly promote the all round ability across every stroke and events, everyone is giving their all to achieve the best they can; whether that is achieving new times or pushing themselves out of their comfort zones in different races. Keep up the good work everyone.