Co-Op Cup - Final
We started the day with the customary silliness with the parade of teams. Not to be outdone by any of the other teams, Crosby went all out to look ridiculous doning blue wigs and yellow tutu's to a man and women!!. After the noise and celebration of of the of the parade our kids were impeccable in the 1min silence to remember and pay their repect to all the soldiers who had fought for the country in wars past and present. After a brilliant run to the final our kids found themselves in lane 5 sandwiched between Southport and Warriors. We started the final with a new event in the 100m IM swim and representing us for the ladies was the surprise(???) choice in captain Miaisie Stevens. Looking confident with goggles on and striking black finalists hat whilst staring into the distance we waited the starters whistle. Just before the referee passed the event to the starter maisie stepped away from the block and up stepped Madison Rens in her place!!!! BRIAN HAD PULLED A SWITCH-A-ROO!!!! It most definitely had the desired effect on the other girls as you could see their confusion and he managed to put them off their stride. As expected Maddy cruised to victory and set a time that will be hard to beat for any girls following in the coming years!! Sean Flanagan was next in the pool and was unlucky to finish 6th in a very tight race. We moved onto the 9yrs freestyle relay and we can be quite confident in the team we are building looking at these four. The kids swam really well and again were unlucky with a close run fourth place. Our 10yr medley teams came next and both our boys and girls swam good races. With Maeve Bunclark swimming well for the girls and Finlay Arnold swimming well for the boys we earned another fourth place and another first place for the boys. The 11yr old freestyle teams were up next and again we achieved another fourth and first place finish, again for the impressive boys team. With our 12yr medley teams finishing off the first round of relays we again had some very strong races and produced a second place for the girls and a brilliant third place for the boys. Moving onto the individual events we would always give anyone a race and we demonstrates that perfectly with Tilly Steven's stepping up in the 25m freestyle event. In a close race she managed a win for Crosby and then placed the torch to Joe dixon for his swim. Again another close race but this time the win fell to one of our competitors. The always reliable Freya Doran and Oscar Donnelly were up next in th 10yr 50m breaststroke and both done amazingly well in their races, particularly Oscar who's season is going from strength to strength and came in an excellent second place!! The 11yr backstroke was next and both Jess Harrington and Will Irvine where up for Crosby and both where unlucky with their seventh and fourth place finishes. The 12 yr olds were up next for their first races and with Aahama Manglam up for the girls and James Rogers representing the boys we took good second and fifth place finishes. Back in went the 9yr olds and again we have two excellent up and comers with dubutant Amy Ashcroft running in a third place and Archie Weindling coming in fourth. Well done to both!! Our 10yr backstroke teams came next and Freya Doran was again unlucky to came in in seventh place in an tight race but Will Irvine romped to a very comfortable first place. With Millie Griffiths and Ethan Kelly up next in the 11yr fly our confidence was quite high. Unfortunately this wasnt quite the case for Millie and although she started amazingly she seemed to tire towards the end. Ethan was his usual fantastic self and managed to bring home another good win to add to our tally. The 12yr freestyle teams were next and Madison Rens yet again swam fantastic and snagged another win. Sean Fanagan was up for the boys and up against some incredible swimmers and kept us in the points with a good sixth place finish. Our 9yr nippers were next up with the breaststroke and both Archoe Wienlding and Isabella Jones done well in their races. The 10 yr fly team was next and again we were confident in tbe kids and with Will Irvine swimming to victory and Maeve Bunclark unlucky in a close race we were doing well. With the points being announced at the halfway stage, we found ourselves in third place on 150 points behind both Southport and Warriors. Up next was the 11yr freestyle team and Millie Griffiths put her disappointment behind her and swam into an excellent fourth place while Ethan Kelly was his usual self and came in at second place. With Madison Rens up next for the 12 yr breaststroke she was again amazing and came home with yet another win in what had been a faultless performance. Up next was Steven McKenzie for the boys and was swimming really well until he though he felt a twinge in his shoulder. He swam through and finished in fifth place. Up for the last round of individual swims were our 9yr team and both Tilly Stevens and Joe Dixon picked up very useful third and fourth place finishes. The 10yr freestyle team was up next and again Maeve Bunclark and Oscar Donnelly were both brilliant coming in in fourth and third places. With the 11yr breaststroke teams up next Eva Holt was first up and finished came in fifth a very strong field. Next up was Steven McKenzie for the boys dispite the twinge in his shoulder from his previous race. All was going well until he was coming in for the last 15m when really felt his shoulder go. Despite this he still managed to come in on in well deserved fourth place. In our final individuals we had Aahana Manglam and Sean Flanagan in our 12 yr backstroke event. As expected both kids were amazing with a great second place for Aahana and a third for Sean we were going g well into the final set of relays . Our 9yr medley team got the ball rolling and finished in an incredible race in a well earned third place . Our 10yr freestyle teams were next a and both were amazing with the boys managing a win and the girls pulling out a strong fourth. The 11yr medley teams didn't disappoint in the next set of races. Again the girls managing a fourth place and the boys an excellent second place. A special mention absolutely MUST go to Aiden Kearney who turned up for the event as a reserve and was poolside EXACTLY when we needed him. Due to Ste Mc's damaged shoulder in his previous event he was unable to complete in the relay. Like Superman, up stepped Aiden and he was BRILLIANT!!! well done mate!!! Next up was the 12yr freestyle team and the always impressive girls team pulled out a fantastic win and with the boys pulling out a very good fourth place we were all set for the cannon. We are lucky enough to have an exceptional cannon teams in all our galas these days (not always the case!!!) and this time it was no different. As ever the atmosphere was electric as the first swimmer dove into the water and the noise and excitement levels grew throughout tight up until the final set of swimmers raced towards the finish line. Our kids were amazing and came in an amazing second place!!!
1st Warriors = 310pts
2nd Southport = 300pts
3rd CROSBY = 264pts
4th Ormskirk = 223pts
5th Hoylake = 189pts
6th Prescott = 182pts
7th Halton = 171pts
8th Penguins = 116pts
In the end those big city clubs were just to strong for our kids. But the kids should take a huge amount out of how they have progressed throught the year. Not only have they manged to open up the distance between themselves and our rivals but they have also manged to close the points gap between ourselves and Southport. So all in all, it was a hugely successful run for us and the kids should feel immensely proud of all they have achieved!!
We haven't really got a swimmer of the event because yet again everyone was amazing and we are hugley proud of all the kids!! But Brian felt that it was only right that we made a special mention to ALL the kids that were named as reserves throughout the entire competition. With Orla Holt and Aiden stepping into place on the day of the final the importance of them was UNDERLINED when we had to call on Aiden Kearney to stand in for Steven Mc in the final set of relay!!
So from Brian and all the coaches
A HUGE thank you to all the reserves that stood up in all the events!!
I know you didn't think it at the time but you where all vital to the clubs success!!
Bring on NEXT YEAR!!!!
Arena League R2 - Connahs Quay
WOW........All's i can say is WOW!!!!
We went into the gala with a little well deserved confidence that we had earned with an excellent performance in the last round at Salford. We welcomed back a few swimmers but again we were missing some of our key squad members. so it was nice when Lotte Rens produced another dominant performance in the 200m IM. With Harvey Martin Next into the pool we always knew that we would do well and despite lining up against some absolute monsters in the lanes next to him he came in a very good 4th place. After those great displays our youngest squads took to the pool and swam some incredible races with both the boys and the girls 11yrs teams bringing home good wins in the freestyle relays. The Incredible 13yr team girls followed that with another great win in their our boys swam an excellent race but where just beaten into 3rd place in a very close race. Again we had some very close races with the next group of kids into the pool with the boys and girls 15yr freestyle teams coming in with very respectable 3rd and 4th place finishes. With our ladies and gents teams both posting excellent 3rd place finishes we finished the first batch of races in good form and with the first points tally being announced we were in a well earned 2nd place just 3 points behind Garston who where leading the event with 38 points. Millie Griffiths and Will Irvine were first in the pool for the individual and showed no nerves as they both rushed to excellent wins in the 11yr 50m backstroke races. The always impressive Madison Rens was up next and was brilliant in her 100m breast but didn't quite have the race all her own way and was chased quite hard by a few of the other racers . With Steven McKenzie taking to the pool next we knew he would have a race on his hands as their was some very strong swimmers in the lanes next to him but as ever Steven didn't let the team down and came in with a very useful 3rd place finish. Lucy McKenzie was next into the pool with the 15yr 100m Backstroke and pushed all her competitors to the end earning a very solid 3rd place finish. Tyler Delaney then came into the pool next as was brilliant fishing a very close 2nd. With both our Snr captains in the pool next for everyones favourite 100m fly race we knew we'd have to calm Chloe's nerves and promise Luke that he would be fine......needless to say they both survived and where as good as ever. I think Luke said he made a full 15sec PB from the last time he races the 100 fly...….in 1984!!!. With the points being announced we again found ourselves trailing a VERY strong Garston team. But we had manged to cut the deficit and were only a single point behind! With Ethan Kelly and Maeve Bunclark pulling on the blue Crosby hat for the 50m 11yr Butterfly we felt sure that we could definitely make the push past Garston for the first time and SURE ENOUGH both our nippers where amazing and came in excellent 1st places. But then the 1st bit of drama for the night and we had one of our young stars DQ'ed. Maeve was devastated with the news as she had run an excellent race but she dusted herself off and got herself ready for the next time we needed her!! Sianna Rens and Sean Flanagan where next up for the 13yr 100m Backstroke and as ever a very dominant Sianna lead her race from start to finish to chalk up a solid win and with Sean coming in with a good 4th place swim we had already put the DQ behind us!! Sam Harrington and Caleb Griffiths were both up next in the 15yrs 100m Butterfly race Sam was very unlucky in this race and again the 5th place finish doesn't do justice to how close the race was . Caleb raced to victory in his race and was able to coast for the final length something I'm told that his father wasn't happy about and im told had a serious word in his ear......sounds like he needs to calm down a bit?? Sianna Rens and Tyler Delaney were both back in the pool for the open 100m backstroke event and we had one of the most exciting races of the competition so far with Sianna coming in an brilliant 2nd place . The race was neck and neck for the entire 100m with both sianna and Libby executing brilliant turns and transitions so neither as able to pull away from each other for the entire 100m !! Again another race where the final place doesn't show how close the race was and although Tyler was in the running all the way through he was beaten into 5th place in the end . Again the points were announced and somehow we had managed to lose ground on Garston who had stolen a 5point lead on us. With the EVER improving Eva Holt and always reliable Steven McKenzie up next for the 11yrs 50m breaststroke we immediately started to eat into the points difference!! With one of our new exciting recruits Elise Bruns lining up with one of our seasoned James Rogers (….not sure James has ever been called seasoned before??) for the 13yrs 100m fly we were again confident of our chances of cutting the gap to Garston and neither disappointed. James was a good 5h place while Elise stormed to another victory for Crosby. Then we were again treated to another contender for race of the competition with Madison Rens reigniting her friendly rivalry with fellow Liverpool swimmer Holly Barden pushing each other all the way to a fantastic race with Maddie coming away with a hard fought and very well deserved win. George Spence represented the lads and came in in a very respectable 3rd place. With Emily Spencer and Suarez stepping up for our open age 100m breaststroke we again were looking to close the gap on Garston before the next set of points were announced. Emily was up first and was chased all the way in to victory by quite a few of her fellow swimmers. Luke found his race a little more difficult and was just unable to maintain an excellent early pace and was eventually caught but still managed a good 5th place. As the points were announced we had finally started to make up ground on the leader...…….only 1 point but we took that point and it really felt like the team started to gain momentum. Millie Griffiths and Ethan Kelly again stood on the blocks for Crosby and AGAIN both stormed to fantastic wins in the 11yrs 50m freestyle. Madison Rens and Casey Delaney where both up next for the 13yrs freestyle and with a win and a 3rd place in those races we felt we must be eating away at the Garston lead. Next up for Crosby where Hollie Cooper and Caleb Griffiths in the 15yr 100m breaststroke and again they both produced amazing results. Holly coming in a very tight second and Caleb winning his we only had the open age 100m freestyle left before we went into the final round of relays. With Lotte Rens and Harvey Martin taking the final individuals we always thought we'd have a chance of closing that gap. Sure enough Lotte cruised to a fantastic victory and Harvey swam into an amazing 3rd place against some excellent competition. With the final round scores announced all the kids hard work was rewarded and we had finally pulled level with Garston!!! With the tide definitely swinging in our favour we stormed into the first set of relays and both the 11yr girls and boys Medley relay had very strong wins to settle any nerves. Next was our always impressive 13yr olds and with both the boys and the girls smashing out 1st and second place finishes in their freestyle races we knew we must be finally starting to pull away from Garston. Our 15yr Medley teams were next and with comfortable 2nd places achieved by both teams we knew we were holding our hard earned lead. We moved onto what can only be described as BEDLAM!!! the noise that all the kids and the supporters generate during the cannon events is BRILLIANT!!!! We went in first with our ladies and that team is fantastic!! We were in the running from the moment that the ref blew the starter whistle. Leg after Leg our ladies started pulling away until finally Emily Spencer ran us into a fantastic win. With everyones eyes flicking to the Garston lane to see how they were where faring. Coming in in second place they obviously hadn't given up just yet! With the lads next we knew we would be ok and sure enough the lads done us proud coming in at a fantastic rate of knots!! After the races had got out the pool, all their was left to do was wait for the points to be tallied and announced. With Simon Donnelly pulling as much drama out the situation as he could muster(X-FACTOR beckons I think !!) He delivered the results and sure the kids had all held their nerves and pulled off an amazing fight back and win !!
1st CROSBY = 184pts
2nd Garston = 179pts
3rd Halton = 152pts
4th Crewe = 144pts
5th Penguins = 85pts
Well done to ALL of you. You where all amazing.
Bring on the final in a few weeks !!!
Masters National Championships
Our very own Emily Spencer was again competing in the now much feared Blue Crosby swim cap and yet again she was devasting form in her races. She was competing in the Masters National Championships 18 -24yr age group held at Ponds Forge Sheffield over the October 26/27th weekend. She managed an incredible haul of medals in such a strong field of competitors!!
100m Freestyle - Silver
50m Freestyle - Bronze
50m Butterfly - PB
Yet again, ANOTHER fantastic weekend for Emily. Well done and keep up the hard work!!
Arena League round 1 - Broughton
.......well I've got to be honest, I was hugely impressed with that performance!!!! With the move up to division 1 I was a little bit worried that our club would start to come up against bigger clubs that were a little to hot for them to handle and feel a little out of their depth.......sorry!!
We kicked of this year's event with the 200IM and we welcomed back 2 swimmers that for different reasons probably aren't quite at there best just yet. Lottie Rens dove into the pool and started off what can only be described as an absolute demolition of every swimmer in her race. From stroke to stroke she opened up a very convincing lead and even managed to keep the pressure on with what everyone knows as lottie favourite stroke.....the breaststroke...... she kept the pressure on right to the end when she touched first in a not very thrilling contest. Lottie was followed into the pool by Harvey Martin who for reasons beyond me has decided that a family holiday to Disneyland and earning loads of money would be time better spent than swim training at Crosby HQ?!?!?! So we where only expecting a Mickey mouse performance from Harvey from this one.......sorry again!! Yet again, Harvey pulled a fantastic performance out the bag. Unlike Lottie he didn't quite have it all his own way. He did manage to lead the race from start to finish but the lad in the lane from Crewe next to him kept him honest throughout and even pushed Harvey with a great swim in the breaststroke leg. Nonetheless Harvey never let his lead slip and really started to open up the lead on the final freestyle leg. This really got our relay teams fired up with a lot of confidence and you could see them all at the end of the pool EAGER to get in the pool!! First to show their mettle was the 11yr girls freestyle team and they didn't disappoint. Coming in comfortable first place with Jess Harrington having an outstanding leg and pushing for a bigger role in the next round. They were followed by the formidable 11yr boys team. This group of lads will be one to watch for us in the future and they didn't put a foot wrong as they cruised to comfortable win with young Oscar Donnelly looking right at home! Then came 13yr girls medley team and to say that already had a comfortable lead before Maddie even entered the pool for her leg.....well you don't need me to tell you the result!! That was 5 crosby wins on the bounce and a fantastic confidence boost to the entire team!! The 13yr medley team team was next in and I'm not quite sure what Mr Flanagan heard or whether he just felt the need to give his competition a 5m headstart but it was an interesting way to start the race, but probably not one we would like to replicate in the next round please!! Dispite Sean's interesting start he still finished first in his backstroke leg as he passed the lead to the rest of the lads. The lads were strong throughout and managed a excellent 2nd place finish. Our 15yr girls were next and again they were very unlucky to come up against some very strong individuals in the opposition teams and came in a very respectable 3rd place. As most of these girls are still at the young end of the age group, I'm sure it will be a different story next year!! The 15yr boys were next and again they managed a comfortable win with new boy Tyler Delaney bringing home a good win. Our final set of relay races before we moved onto the individuals was the what we have always considered to be our weakest. NOT because we don't have talented open age swimmers, we have tonnes!!! We've just never been able to get them all to galas at the right time because of little things like uni..and jobs.....and disco dancing!!! Well tonight was an exception for that and we managed to put out a great open age team in both ladies and the gents squads. The ladies managed a fantastic 2nd place finish, with our lady that lunches, Team Captain Chloe Quarton swimming a great great fly leg. The gents were not to be outdone and followed that performance with a brilliant 3rd place with Gents Captain Luke Suarez bring them home.......he doesn't lunch!
We moved into the individuals in good form but sure that we would come under more pressure when our strength in depth wouldn't be so useful. Millie Griffiths and Will Irvine were first up to the blocks with 50m backstroke swims and to be honest ........it was back to normal. Both kids brought home comfortable 1st place finishes that set the tone for the rest of the individuals all night!! Madison Rens was next with the 100 breaststroke and managed a great win. She was pushed for the win this time but still came in strongly. We then had one of our new swimmers come in and represented us in what we could probably have considered as......not his favorite stroke until last night. Casey Delaney managed to pull out an amazing 100m breaststroke race and was narrowly beaten to 3rd place by some very strong competition in the other lanes. We moved to a strong event for Crosby with Sianna Rens and Caleb Griffiths both competing in the 100 backstroke and to be honest neither was of them where troubled as they both pushed onto relatively comfortable wins. Next we had the 100 fly open. Despite some early nerves, our girls captain lead the way and Chloe Quarton managed a very impressive 3rd place. Next into the pool was a reluctant George Spence. He had never competed on the 100 fly before and was not in his usual buoyant self.........sorry!!! Nonetheless despite his lack of confidence in himself he still managed to pull together a fantastic 4th place finish. At this moment everything sort of went a little bit sideways!!!! For some reason we had 2 of our lads 15yr team over come with a sudden bout of nausea and although one of them managed to make it to the toilet......the other never!!!! We were a little worried (for the kids obviously!! )that we would be a little short handed for a short time but both the lads dusted themselves off.....well washed......and carried on !! After the drama we then moved onto the 11yr fly event with both Maeve Bunclark and Ethan Kelly continuing our good form with great wins. Sianna Rens and Sean Flanagan where next to the pool and as ever both of them where amazing . Sianna with a comfortable win and sean with an excellent 2nd place. Moving to the 15yr fly event saw Sam Harrington and Caleb Griffiths pull on their blue hats and goggles. Sam started off in a hugely competitive race and her 5th place finish DOES NOT do the race justice!! ANY of the girls could have won or lost the race with all the swimmers finishing within fingertips of each other......Caleb won. Next was the 100 open backstroke with Abi Towle called into action for the ladies with team captain Luke Suarez called up for the gents. Abi was her usual nervous self but was again brilliant and brought home a fantastic 3rd place. Luke was next and got off to an amazing start. He led the race right up until the final turn with a few of the other close on his heels they raced to the end where luke was just nudged to 3rd place. With us at the halfway stage the points where announced and we lucky enough to be in first place on 104 points with Crewe in second place on 82 points. We had the 11yr breaststroke next with Eva Holt stepping up for the girls and Steven McKenzie representing the boys. Both the kids were again amazing and both managed to bring full points back for Crosby. With the 13yr 100 fly we welcomed another new swimmer into the girls team and Elise Bruns showed that she will be a very welcome addition to an already VERY good team by coming in with the win for the girls. For the boys a very nervous James Rogers who was ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE that there was NO WAY he could complete his race was again fantastic and managed a well earned 3rd place. With Madison Rens stepping up to swim in the girls 15yr 100 free, she was well aware that she would not have the race her own way. But yet again she was well worth her first place finish. With Tyler Delaney representing the lads we managed to keep up with the high placed finishes and he came in a very respectable 2nd place in a very strong field. With the open 100 breaststroke next, we were struck by another injury blow to our captain Luke Suarez and were searching for a replacement!! Luckily Caleb Griffiths stepped in. With Emily Spencer in the pool for the ladies we knew we were in safe hands and yet again we dominated the race from start to finish and came away with full points. Caleb was up next and up against some unbelievable competition in the opposition lanes. The race was fantastic with 3 teams running neck and neck right up to the final turn. With Caleb's transition pushing him into the lead he was incredibly unfortunate to lose 1st place by a finger tip but amazing to finish second place in an amazing race. Running into the final batch of individual events and we felt we were in a strong points position but never relaxed for a minute!! With Millie Griffiths and Ethan Kelly from the 11yr team coming away with very good wins in the 50 free we moved onto the 13yr free. Again Madison Rens was outstanding and had another comfortable win under her belt. Casey Delaney was in his element when it came to his 50 free and was very unlucky to come 2nd in a close race. As we moved into the final throws of the individuals we again had to make a hasty shuffle of the 15yr with Mathew Blackburn stepping in. With Hollie Cooper representing the girls we knew we were in for a good race. Hollie managed to keep the other girls on her sights throughout the race and was starting to reel them in after the last turn but just left herself with to much to do and finished in a very close 4th. With Mathew improving weekly on EVERY stroke we knew he would be fine. He was always up with the leaders and came in with a very respectable 4th place. We finished the individuals with the open age 100 free. With Lottie Rens in for the ladies and Harvey Martin in for the boys we knew they would both be incredibly good races. Lottie started off the race with an old frenemy in Holly White in the lane for Everton. Lottie started off the race at a fantastic pace and kept up the pressure by leading the race from start to finish and bringing home a well earned win. With Harvey lining up for the final individual event he was again pushed all the way to the finish by a strong competitor from the Crewe ranks but yet again he held his nerve and came away with the final individual win setting us up for the final set of relay races. We started off with the 11yr girls medley with Tilly Stevens having a fantastic breaststroke leg which help set Grace Ashcroft to bring in another comfortable won for the girls. Next in was the boys. They again were unstoppable and were helped to victory by Nicolas Castineria's brilliant breaststroke leg. The always impressive girls 13yr team was next and yet again with Rebekah Duncan, Aahana Manglam and Maisie Stevens the result was in the bag from the start. With the boys following that performance they had an awful lot to live upto and did not disappoint with Jake Stevens starting to come back to form after being ill over summer leading the charge. With the 15yr medley team up next we had high hopes for the girls team after such strong performances in the individual events and we weren't let down!! The girls finished a very strong 4th with all the other teams. Lucy McKenzie once again setting the girls off with an impressive backstroke leg. The lads were on next and they were again forced into a change due to illness(.....it really wasn't their night!!!) They again overcame the setback and managed a very very good win. We moved to the final 2 events of the evening and these events are what can only be described as brilliant. The noise and excitement generated around poolside is just .........BRILLIANT!!!! Our ladies were in first and they really are fantastic when they get going and came away with another fantastic win for Crosby. The boys followed them in looked strong on block. This is always a hotly contested event and if even just 1 of your swimmers isn't tiptop it can really hurt. The lads where still fantastic and pushed the other teams right to the end and claimed a hard fought 4th place. As we waited for the scores to be tallied we were quietly confident of a job well done. With the kids being so dominant we though that we would have done really well. So when the scores where announced we were ecstatic with the result
1st Crosby - 207pts
2nd Crewe and Carlisle -149pts
4th Everton - 142pts
5th Penguins - 89pts
Onto the swimmer of the event. If you've read my reports before, you'll know that it's getting harder and harder for me to pick a single swimmer out the pack......this time it was IMPOSSIBLE!!!! All the coaches agree that there simply wasnt a poor performance from any swimmer and EVERY swimmer was fantastic. It has become something of a tradition for the top swimmer not to receive a single mention in gala write up but save it for the full star treatment in this section. I have tried to give every nipper a mention and think I've captured them all. Every kid was unbelievable at this event and let's take this attitude into the next round!!! But before we go I do feel the need to give one swimmer a big special mention. With the lads 15yr team being so affected with illness on the night we were just looking to keep the relay team in the game. With some quick thinking Brian jigged a team together and we managed to have a swimmer in every slot. With Tyler opening the relay with a 50 back we were always going to be in good hands. As Tyler was returning for his final 25 I looked up and thought Brian had gone MAD!!! Stood on the blocks ready for the breaststroke leg of the 15yr medley relay was Ethan Kelly!!!!! He looked absolutely tiny stacked up with those lads who where upto 4 YEARS OLDER than him!!! All I was thinking was keep us in it until Caleb can get in for the fly. Not only did he keep us in it, but he maintained his position giving Caleb the chance to give us a fantastic lead that Mathew kept till we came home winners!!! It was un unbelievable moment that typified the kids attitude all though the gala.
A quick piece of trivia for you all.
Out of 50 races, the nippers managed to win 32......that is an incredible win rate of 64%!!!!
If you found that interesting then I figured it out....if you found it a little sad.....then Brian figured it out?!?!
A HUGE Well done to all of you!!! You where, yet again
We had our very own Emily Spencer competing for the 18-24yr age group, at the Lancashire masters in Blackpool over the 21/22 September weekend and yet again she came out with a NECK FULL of gold medals!!
50m Freestyle = GOLD
50m Butterfly - GOLD
50m Breaststroke = GOLD
100m I.M = GOLD
Another fantastic performance from Emily and she will be going to sheffield in a few weeks to compete at National Masters!!! Amazing performance Emily and dont forget to let us know how you get on.........or we'll just end up asking your mum again!!!
Co-Op Cup Round 2
Now THAT was more like it!!!
From start to finish our kids were quite literally BRILLIANT!! Rebekah Duncan opened the gala with a fantastic swim in the 100m IM. She was unbelievably unlucky to be pipped at the end as she had dominated every leg right up until the end and finished an excellent 2nd place. Sean Flanagan was next into the pool for his race. He was in the pool with some really tough competition and managed a very useful 4th place. We then moved onto the first part of the relay events and the strength of the team really showed through. We opened with the devastating 9yr mixed freestyle relay and without sounding to cocky.......the kids smashed it!! With Emily Samra kicking the race off she passed the baton to the always impressive Tilly Stevens who built on the lead for Harry Laycock to push on and finally we had Archie Weindling bring the team home for a well deserved victory!! This set the tone for the remaining relay races where never finished outside the top 2. Every swimmer ran fantastic races and we even had to drop in a late substitute for one of the races and as ever Aidan Kearney stepped up to the plate and gave a performance that David Fairclough would have tipped his hat to!! We then moved to the individual swims and as ever we didn't have it all our own way. There were a lot of good swimmers in the pool that really pushed our kids to fantastic swims. Tilly Stevens started the with the freestyle and gave another fantastic performance that saw her win her race quite comfortably. Harry Laycock came next and was unlucky to finish fourth in a very close race. The points where announced after 10 events and we had started to open up a slim lead with Halton leading the chasing pack and only 7 points behind. We pushed on through a bit of a sticky patch and still managed to pick up good second and third place finishes with Zein Mukhtar having in his backstroke, Isabella Jones in her breaststroke and team captain Maisie Stevens on her butterfly all finishing in excellent 2nd places. But we must give a special mention to Nicolas Castineria who put in an amazing 50 breaststroke and came home with a excellent first place. We then seemed to kick into another gear in the individual events and started claiming first place after first plavce with the always strong Tilly Stevens, Will Irvine & Madison Rens all claiming excellent first places in their races. We have to give a special mention to one of our kids who dispite being ill ALL WEEK, refused to let the team down and dragged himself to poolside and AGAIN produced race after race. Well done Ethan Kelly. After 30 events we had really started to put a bit of daylight between us and the other clubs. Halton dropped back into 3rd place on 109 pts with Ormskirk in 2nd place on 124pts and Crosby leading the pack with 140pts. Again we hit a bit of a sticky patch but we still had our fair share of top finishes with Maeve Bunclark, Oscar Donnelly & Aahana Manglam all coming away with full points. We then moved into the final relay events and again showed the strength of we have in our teams. Again we didn't finish outside the top 2 places with some amazing performances from all the kids. Again the 9yr mixed team set the Crosby stall out with a very convincing medley swim and good win. The boys 11yr and the girls 12yr teams with amazing performances that will make them huge contenders in the final for all the points. With all the other teams pinching points here and there it will make for a very interesting gala for the final. We then moved into what is fast becoming a Crosby favorite (.....It wasnt a few years ago,as we'd always get battered!!!) the cannon!!! We started the race with Tilly and Joe and we never once gave up the lead finishing extremely strongly with Sean Flanagan bringing the team home for a brilliant 1st place and screams and adulation from the adoring crowd......might have gone a little far there?!?!
Onto the swimmer of the event. Again our head coach couldn't pick just one performer and has given his award to 2 swimmers. We had another lad who has been sick the last week, and again refused to let the team down. He not only produced amazing performances in his own age group but when needed to swim up he produced amazing performances again and again. He competed in numerous events, both individual AND relay and never let us down once. So well done Steven McKenzie, you where AMAZING. Onto our second swimmer of the event. This ones goes to without doubt the bestest swimmer in the entire club and funniest and all round good egg!!! Joking aside this swimmer was brilliant!! She managed to pull out 2 first place wins over a girl that had narrowly beaten her at tadpoles the previous week in both events and swam brilliantly in all the relay events. Well done Millie Griffo, your the bestest!!
Steven McKenzie & Millie Griffiths
Keep up the hard work ready for the final!!
Gala 2 points
1. Crosby - 228pts
2. Ormskirk - 208pts
3. Hoylake - 174pts
4. Halton - 172pts
5. Bridgefield - 127pts
6. Bootle - 98pts
1. Warriors - 447pts
2. Crosby - 433pts
3. Ormskirk - 422pts
4. Southport - 410pts
5. Prescot - 385pts
6. Halton - 367pts
7. Hoylake - - 349pts
8. Penguins - 292pts
9. Bridgefield - 257pts
10. Everton - 231pts
11. Garston - 227pts
12. Bootle - 212pts
WOW, So early in the season and such success !!! If this is gala is anything to go by, its going to be another busy year of medal photo's and gala reports!! Unfortunately for this gala both Lyn and myself were acting as judges for the entire event and so my reports will be a little less informative?!?!
We started our involvement with Millie Griffiths who FOOLISH enough(......sorry i misspelt brave!!) to take on her very first 200m Butterfly race and dispite getting out in tears and a very firm declaration that she will NEVER DO THAT AGAIN!! she managed not only a PB but a hugely deserved gold medal for her trouble......i reckon she'll do it again??? We then moved into the Boys 50m Backstroke and we had some fantastic swims including a Bronze medal for Aidan Kearney. We then welcomed a large number of new swimmers into the Girls 50m breaststroke event and we can count the future bright with our up and coming swimmers. A huge well done must go to Heidi Lindley, Eva Robinson, Orla Holt and Ellie Chellew All of who manged huge PB's the most impressive being Orla who knocked off an astonishing 40+seconds off her entry time. We also had a few more seasoned competitors and Mya Laycock and Isobella Jones managing PB's and a bronze medal for Mya. We then welcomed the lads back into the pool and young Archie Weindling showed little fear as he manged a PB for his first ever individual swimming competion. We also had another fantastic performance from both Oscar Donnelly and Oliver Lambert, again we had another of our swimmers earning a bronze medal. Well done Oscar!! The girls finished up the individual events for the first session and as well as PB all around we were lucky enough to have bronze medal Isobella Jones and a silver medal for Maisie Stevens. Well done you two!!
We moved into the afternoon session, again with Millie Griffiths and Jess Harrington setting us off with another GRUELING EVENT in the 400m freestyle. They both managed huge PB's and Millie was lucky enough to come away with a bronze medal. We again welcomed a lot of our first timers into the pool and AGAIN all of them managed incredible PB's with mention going to Emily Samra and Karine Crosby having brilliant swims. The boys and the girls both came the came back into the pool for the 50m butterfly and we again had some fantastic swims from young Harry Laycock And Joshua Ashcroft, both earning fantastic PB's!! We were lucky enough to have another medalist in Aiden Kearney who managed a bronze medal to add to the other he had earned earlier!! Also, young Eva Duncan and Karine Crosby were both fantastic but we again were lucky enough to have another medalist in the always impressive Maeve Bunclark who manged a silver medal in her race. We finished off the weekends individual swims with the girls 50m backstroke and as we came to expect all the swimmers manged to produce fantastic PB's so a big well done to Serrenne Crosby, Lucy Chellew Grace Ashcroft and Olivia Davidson with ahuge well done going to Millie Griffiths who finished the weekend with bronze medal. That wrapped up the first VERY VERY successful weekend
Im not 100% sure why, but does it always feel like tapoles goes on for as long as Regionals or is it just me??? Anyway onto weekend 2!!! We started off with the boys 200m Free and we had fantastic swims from all of our nippers but a special mention must go to young Adam Lenanhan who ran a fantastic race in his heat. We then moved into hat is fast becoming a Crosby favourite in the 50 Fly. We had a lot of excellent heats and lot of very close medal calls but were unlucky on all account. We need to give a big shout to Serrene Crosby and Grace Blackburn who both had fantastic heats. We then moved into the boys 50m backstroke event and that is when we really started to add to our medal tally with Zein Mukhtar earning a silver in his race and James Rogers earning a gold in his race and Theo Osbourne getting over a bout of nerves to earn a fantastic PB!! With new Jnr Captain Maisie Stevens giving a Silver medal winning performance in the 50 breast, you can see why she has been given the responsibility. With James Rogers suffering from a out of jitters at Crosby HQ over the 200m backstroke, we were just hoping for a good performance but as ever James pulled out a great race and managed to achieve a fantastic PB. but yet again Crosby kids were on the hunt for medals with Aidan Kearney getting a silver and Zein Mukhtar earning a brilliant gold !! The girls took their turn in the 200 backstroke and every girl managed huge PB's but unfortunately just missed out on medals. Onto the final individual event of the session in the under 9's100m IM and again we were well represent by Archie Weindling for the boys Orla Holt, Isabella Jones for the girls. All our kids were amazing and posted fantastic times for what was in the most part the time that they had competed in the event. Moving onto the final session of the event and straight after another one of those really healthy Greggs steak bakes we welcomed three Crosby swimmers into the pool for 50m butterfly and all three of the lads posted excellent PB's so a huge well done goes to Theo Osbourne, Joshua Bradburn and Jacob Wallace . We also had a few more …….seasoned swimmers into the pool and they both managed fantastic swims Zein Mukhtar managed a Bronze and James Rogers produced another Gold medal performance! The girls next event was the 200m freestyle and a very nervous Heidi Lindley put aside some unexpected nerves to smash out a very accomplished PB. We moved onto the gents 50m free and yet again we had more than 1 medal contender in the wings and all of the lads managed fantastic PB's with the EVER improving Oscar Donnelly coming away with a hugely disserved gold. We also had a large number of new swimmers and we really must congratulate Finlay Arnold, George Marshall and Archie Hobbs who were all brilliant!! The girls 50 free was next , and again there was no shortage medal possibilities in the ranks with Millie Griffiths & Maeve Bunclark managing a Bronze each!! Again we had some nerves newcomers but all where yet again fantastic and done the club proud!! Well done Emily Samra, Phoebe Brown and Ellie Chellew you where all amazing!!!!!! Moving into the final individual event of the was the boys and girls 200m IM and again we had an awful lot of potential medallist to call on and although every swimmer again managed fantastic PB's we were only lucky enough to have a few medallist and one of those was an amazing silver from Nicolas Castineria. We were also lucky enough to have a huge number of Team relay events across the 4 sessions and although we didn't manage to win any of the races (as ever Southport brought a massively strong squad) our little group of nippers, both boys AND girls managed to medal in EVERY team event. Considering that we never even had teams in these events a few years ago, it is impossible not to be impressed with the kids progress over the last few years.
Onto our swimmer....or swimmers of the event. You may have noticed some obvious omissions from the list of achievements above. It's becoming a bit of a tradition that we don't mention the swimmers that have earned the accolade of being named as swimmer of the event and I can tell you that with the quality of kids we have in the pool at the minute, it really is becoming harder and harder to pick these standout performers. This time it was a little more cut and dried as we had 2 swimmers who managed to produce so many top quality swims that they were BOTH awarded with the top prize that you can earn at Tadpoles. firstly you have Ethan Kelly who has grown and grown and GROWN into such a fantastic swimmer with what can only be described as minimal fuss that the first place in the FINA awards was more or less expected from us all this year. None the less it was a fantastic achiement and you where amazing throughout. Then we moved onto out next winner. Again with strong performances leading up to Tadpoles we all though that YOUNG Tilly Stevens had a very real shot at the FINA award this year. But looking at the times and rankings of her competitors Tilly alway
s knew that she wouldn't just walk it and would have to produce excellent performances time after time. Well as we have come to expect, Tilly never let herself or the club down as was fantantic from her first race to her last!!
Tilly Stevens & Ethan Kelly
you where both
To ALL the kids that represented our club at TADPOLES you where all ABSOLUTLEY AMAZING!! Everyone of you managed PB's in all your events and more importantly you carried yourselves off impecably and where a credit to the club on AND off the starters blocks. Whether you managed a PB or a medal or was just brave enough to enter your first ever indiviual gala, you made your coaches and parents PROUD!!!
Co-Op Cup Round 1
Ive got to be honest, i was a little nervous after the first set of races. We didn't show our usual confidence at poolside and the kids seemed a little quieter than usual at the lane ends but i put this down to an early start to the new competitive Crosby season and the loss of a few big names from the team sheet . We welcomed a few new faces(some young, some a little older) and you could see that they were feeling a little nervous about how they would get on in their first race. We started the gala with a new event and Aahana Manglam started well in the 100m Individual Medley and was JUST pipped into second place. We welcomed our new Boys Jnr captain into the pool for the boys event and Monty Barr done the club proud with a strong performance in his own race. Our always strong 12yr girls team produced an excellent performance and managed to lead their race from start to finish and capped off the relays in strong form with a comfortable win.
We then moved into the individual events and we took the that form into our next few races with fantastic performance from our youngest competitors who both had comfortable wins in their freestyle events, a massive well done to both Tilly Stevens And Joe Dixon. We started to gain some momentum as we got to halfway into the gala and the 4ths and 3rds started to turn 3rds and 2rds and as we grew in confidence, the customary noise from the pool ends became louder and louder as we were pushing our kids onto greater efforts. At the half way stage we were sitting in 4th place behind Hoylake, Southport and the newcomers Warrington Warriors(another city club for our nippers to contend with!!) but the tide was starting to turn in our favour!! The ever strong and reliable Ethan Kelly, Maddison Rens and Millie Griffiths were all big performers and started to contribute to the points table with our new fleet of swimmers picking up points with fantastic wins in thier events so well done to Isabella Jones, Maeve Bunclark, Nicolas Castineria and Oscar Donnelly. As we moved into the final stages of the gala and the pionts tallies were announced you could really tell that Crosby was the team with all the form moving into the final relay events. We had pushed right past Hoylake into 3rd position and only 2 points behind the joint leaders Warrington and Southport!!!! We started the with another win from our quite formidable 9yr mixed medley team and its a brave team that fancies taking them on in the coming rounds. Our 10yr boys pulled out another win and that was followed by our amazing 12yr girls team winning in their freestyle relay........again!! All the relay teams produced fantastic performance and we entered the cannon events in confident form. Our lads team was VERY unlucky to finish in 5th place in a finish that basically saw all teams finish in a line and we could just have eassily finished 1st, unlucky lads!! Our now terrifying girls team stood up to the blocks next and from start to finish there was absolutely only going to be 1 winner........it was us by the way!!!
As the final points were announced our amazing kids had managed to produce an amazing turnaround and managed to capture 2nd place from an shell shocked Warrington Warriors.
1st Southport - 212 pts
2nd CROSBY - 205 pts
3rd Warrington - 193pts
4th Hoylake - 175pts
5th Bridgefield - 130pts
6th Everton - 92pts
Onto our swimmer of the gala. Unfortunately for this swimmer, they are another nipper that is such a fantastic swimmer that they have to have an absolutely unbelievable gala to standout from their usual very very high standards and this time he done just that. Not only was he brilliant in his own age group winning both his individuals but he was fanatastic when asked to swim up against a very strong competitor and was just pipped to 2nd place. He also competed in all his team relays and cannon
A huge well done to
This one has been a long time coming but it was well deserved and keep up the hard work!!!
British & English Nationals
In what can only be described as a PERFECT end to a BRILLIANTLY successful Crosby Swimming Club season we where lucky enough to have 2 of our swimmers representing us in the pools at Glasgow and Sheffield. Madison Rens & Caleb Griffiths capped off a phenomenal season on a local level by competing at the highest levels for their age groups at the national championships. Only the very best performers that season are invited to compete at these events and the standard is incredible!!. Caleb kicked off the Crosby interest at Glasgow were he competed in the 50m Backstroke event. He manage a seasons best time of 29.54 and finished an impressive 11th just missing out on the final but finally manged to break the 30sec mark which he had been hunting for a large part of the season.
We then moved to Sheffield for the best part of a week taking in all the local sights and sounds including VERY regular trips to the MEAL DEAL Isle in SAINSBURYS and Crack alley on the way back to the hotel which produced new and interesting way to see people passed out on a daily basis!! i know we could have gone a different way, but it was always a LONG DAY and we just wanted to get home!!! hahaha. The pool and the facilities where amazing and the kids really took to the experience. Maddy just managed to squeak into the 50m freestyle event and sitting up in the balcony we weren't expecting a lot, but as ever with Miss Rens she absolutely smashed her heat and qualified for the final in 8th position with an incredible time of 28.20!!! She entered the final as nervous as only Maddy can be, knowing that she would have to pull off another PB to stand any chance of a medal. Coming in at 28.16sec was another fantastic PB but unfortunately not quite enough to capture a well deserved medal in a final where all the competitors finished in a line and the difference between 1st and 10th was mere milliseconds!!! She finished off her competition with the 50m Breaststoke. We were all a lot more positive about her chance on this one and it just shows you the level of competitor that even a small decrease in Maddy's PB meant that she didn't quite make the final. None the less it was still an amazing event for Maddy and considering that she is fully 12months younger than the vast majority of her piers in the pool at this event, it will be a very interesting season next year for her!!! As for Caleb he had what can only be described as UNBELIEVABLE championship!! He managed to bring home 2 gold medals in 2 different strokes and narrowly missed out on 3rd in his final swim!!! He had 6 events in total over the week and managed to compete in 4 finals hitting PB's in both heats and finals everytime. His 1st gold came from the 100m Butterfly where he knocked off 1 sec from his entry time to finish as top seed for the final. With the quality of the lads around him he knew he would need to beat that PB in the final to stand any chance of a medal. Not only did he beat that time but he smashed another 2 seconds off to finish in 1.00.36!!! This is the first time we all got to see the all new lucky Crosby SC swim hat underneath the COLSC swim cap. For a lad that HATES wearing any swim cap this was an unexpected (but not unwelcome!!!) addition!! From now on we will all insist that Caleb wear 2 hats to all the big events as it continued to prove its use as we moved thru the weeks events.
His next gold came from the 100m backstroke and he only just managed to gain a place in the final with a less than stellar performance in the heat. In the final he occupied the outside lane as was not even considered an outside chance to medal, but in the words of our head coach "nobody puts Crosby in a corner!!!" and with nothing to lose Caleb FLEW off the blocks and building on brilliant start dominated the entire race from start to finish and won Gold with a time of 1.02.52 sec smashing 4sec of his entry time. He also manged to get to the finals of his 200m I.M and 50m Fly events hitting PB's to all strokes. He also competed in the 200m Back and Fly........ but they went terribly so we ont mention them again!! haha
All in all both Madison and Caleb where brilliant and represented the club amazingly, but more importantly they both want all the nippers at Crosby to realise that if THEY can do it, then absolutely
SO CAN YOU!!!
OH MY GOD, HOW BOSS WAS THAT?!?!?!?
The kids finished the season with an amazing performance that really shows how hard the entire squad has worked this season and how all that hard work pays off!!
We started the gala with some absolute NEWBIES to the team galas and they didn't show any sign of nerves as they all performed well in the in their first freestyle relays. Everyone one of them remembered the relay MANTRA and everyone of them "waited for the touch!!" which always gives them a good chance of finishing high in the points. So a special mention in these races must go to Annabelle Irvine, Karine Crosbie and Archie Weindling who all showed absolutely NO nerves in their fisrt event and all swam fantastically!! In the next age group we again we're introducing new swimmers to the pool and again they showed no sign of nerves with Heidi Lindley and Eva Duncan making their debut in the breastroke & freestyle legs of the medley relay and Finlay Arnold doing the backstroke leg for the lads. We were STILL introducing new swimmers into the pool with the 11yrs lads team welcoming Josh Weston for his first Crosby swim and again it was well worth the wait!! After all those new introductions we welcomed our old timers into the pool and it can never be nice being the opposition to look across and see your swimming against Madison Rens, Rebekah Duncan Maisie Stevens and and Aahana Manglam and yet again they didn't fail to perform and smashed their Medley relay!! Not to be outdone by the girls the lads team produced another fantastic performance which took us into the individual events.
Tilly Stevens opened the show with a fantastic win in the 25m freestyle and Harry Laycock was unlucky and was pipped right at the end of a very close and exciting race. We continued on in the individual with VERY STRONG performances throughout the team and very really did we finish out of the top 2 places and we have to give a few special mentions out to a few of the kids. Madison Rens was her usual terrifying self and dominated every event she swam in. Will Irvine was fantastic and swam up for us on a few occasions. Isabella Jones was brilliant in her breaststroke and came in with a commanding lead even though it was only a 25m race!!! Aahana Manglam pulled out some fantastic swims in all her events. Aiden Kearney Pulled out a great win in the 5om Backstroke. Ethan Kelly and Millie Griffiths were their usual fantastic selves and dispite a little self doubt Rebekah Duncan was as dependable as ever!!
We moved into the second half of the event leading the way from a very good bridgefield team but then moved into what we can only descripe as something of a purple patch and we manged to claim 6 1st place finishes on the bounce moving into the closing stages!! Dispite suffering our first DQ's of the gala we still manged to maintain a health lead with both the 10yr boys and girls freestyle relay teams claiing comfortable wins, indeed it was so comfortable that one of the lads started to practice his gymastics routine at the start and done a passable forward roll into the pool. Well done Finlay Arnold.... but one sport at a time please mate!!! Onto the highlight of the event. We are now used to our girls team continuously producing fantastic performance in the cannons at the end of galas and the boys being our nearly men. But this time, not only did our ladies produce a very good win with their usual flair but the lads also managed what can only be described as a very convincing win in their own event!! Well done lads, we all knew it would all come together!!!!!
1st place = Crosby 195 points
2nd place = Bridgefield 181 points
3rd place = Halton 147 points
4th place = Penguins135 points
5th place = Garston 90 points
Ladies Cannon = Crosby
Gents Cannon = Crosby
On to our swimmer of the gala. Again this was an unbelievably hard pick as literally no kid swam badly. We had some amazing individual swims. With Josh Weston & Finlay Arnold having amazing backstroke swims. Eva Duncan settling right into the team and showing us what we can expect in the future. Tilly Stevens being her usual self and Maeve Bunclark being.......Maeve!!!!
This time the award will be going to Oscar Donnelly. For a few months he had been swimming a little bit below par and really seemed to be struggling. But over the last few galas he has REALLY kicked on culminating in a first name on the team sheet performance on Saturday!!!!
Well done Oscar and keep up all the hard work!!!
We where lucky enough to have ANOTHER Crosby swimmer swim so well in the Standfield School swim competition. Young Isabella managed to win Gold in the
50m Back stroke
AND she also managed to win the OVERALL points winners trophy!!
WELL DONE ISABELLA
Wirral Sprint Meet
In what has got to go down as on of the most successful galas in Crosby Swimming clubs history i must say that i have never been prouder of our club!!! EVERY other club at the gala must been sick to death of hearing that another Crosby swimmer had had won another medal at another event, and we aren't just talking one swimmer per event. In some of the races, we were talking multiple medals across multiple age groups REGULARLY !!!
We had a number of very inexperienced swimmers who used fed of the clubs momentum and swam really really well and even managed to take home medals along with a few kids who where swimming in their VERY first gala. One of those was Will Delamere who despite getting a DQ in his first race, never let it phase him and went onto to win silver in his next race!!! We also welcomed back Zein Mukhtar who as well took home a fistful of medals. We had young Ethan Kelly and Will Irvine who took home their usual supply of medal to add to their growing supplies. Sianna Rens shook of a persistent injury to have a success confidence boosting results. Dispite racing in the open age group Caleb Griffiths still manged to bring home multiple gold medals being beaten only by a Ellsmere TITAN on his last hurrah prior to going to uni!!! Lucy McKenzie added to what is fast becoming a very successful period. Madison Rens done what Madison Rens does and won GOLD after GOLD!! Aahana Manglam had a great gala and was a constant visitor to the medal table. Maisie Stevens put a bad start to her breaststroke race behind her to post a fantastic time and she was followed closely by her big brother Jake Stevens to collect her medal. Millie Griffiths managed a fantastic feat and medaled in EVERY event she entered!!! We also had both Jess and Sam Harrington having impressive performances
Along side all of these medalist was a huge supporting cast of young Crosby swimmers who although they didn't manage a medal still swam fantastically and regally PB'ed and in the most part where finishing close 4th positions !!! Every swimmer at the event helped the tide of medals with their support at the end of the lanes or just by pushing our swimmers on to better swims. I apologise if i missed any medallist out and hopefully ive caught you all for the wall or website photo's!!
Now we move to the swimmer of the gala. With such fantastic performances from so many swimmers it was impossible to pick just one......... So Brian picked 3!!!!!
1. Maeve Bunclark - Swam fantastically and even managed to pick up a provisional Lancs time in her 50 fly
2. Eva Duncan - Again Swam fantastic and even though she was DQ'd in her first event still went onto a strong swim in her next event
3. Tilly Stevens - Again AGAIN, swam fantastic and picked up a huge amount of medals in her very first gala .....let not forgot that she also mange a provisional LANCS time
EVERY SWIMMER in a Crosby hat should be immensely proud of everything they have achieved this season and the results on Saturday Just prove that all the hard work and effort really does pay off
Well done to you ALL
Wigan Starter Met
With this being our first visit as a club to the Wigan Life Pool we could understand the kids initial nerves at the new surroundings and competitors. But as ever it didn't take long for the kids to settle down into the gala and start to relax. We took very young team to Wigan and they were greeted by some of the biggest clubs in the Northwest in Bolton, Wigan and City of Salford all of whom brought big experienced swimmers to compete. We started with the Girls 200IM (always a classic) and none of our girls let the experience get to them and manged on the whole to fantastic PB's with Grace Ashcroft knocking off an impressive 20secs!!! We then moved onto the boys 50m fly where we had some excellent performances, again with good PB's all round. The one performance that stuck out in my head was the other side of the Ashcroft family in young Joshua . From his dive he managed to put his goggles in the one place that managed to COMPLETELY obscure his view of the entire race!! Considering he could no longer see the other end of the pool he done a remarkable job in getting to the end at all. Unfortunately he only managed a one handed touch and on his transition completed a breaststroke kick.....so basically ticked all the DQ boxes boxes in one event. None the less he managed to complete the race and get an UNOFFICIAL PB in the process. Considering that this was his event in first gala, it was an unbelivable effort for him and he didn't let it effect the rest of his performances so a HUGE WELL DONE to young Joshua Ashcroft. From a Crosby point of view it was pretty much business as usual with all the swimmers achieving PB's in all events and Will Irvine performing at his usual high standard and picking up our first medal of the weekend, with a well earned silver in the 200m Backstroke. The next highlight was Millie Griffiths knocked 4sec off her 100m breaststroke ace. Considering that Millie has struggled all year with her breaststroke and has a bit of a dodgy knee at the minute this was a fantastic effort! The Afternoon session began with a bang and Oliver Lambert taking a good silver medal in the 100m IM stroke. Will Irvine taking a bronze in the 50 free and Ethan Wallace being very unfortunate and just missing out on a medal with his performance the 50m free. But the standout performer of Saturday for me would have to go to Lucy McKenzie. She attained PB's in all events and managed to medal in 3 of her 4 events Bronze - 100 breast, Silver - 100 back, Silver - 50 breast
Well done Lucy you where amazing ALL DAY !!!
We started Sunday with yet another excellent performance from Will Irvine who despite a little drama on his back to breast turn for his 200m IM still managed a good PB and gold medal!! We moved then onto the 50m Butterfly and it was nice to finally see the normally happiest smiliest person at the club show a little aggression and have a great swim in her event. Well done Lucy Chellew with those performances your times will definitely improve!!! We had Oscar Donnelly competing in the 50m backstroke event and he capped off a fantastic weekend with a fourth placed swim with another huge PB!! Another highlight of the weekend happend in the next event where we manged to have three gold medals in the boys 100m breast well done Oliver, Will(again!!) & Ethan!! We moved into the final session of the weekend with the girls 100 IM and we had some unbelievable PB's from Millie Griffiths, Freya Doran and Lucy Chellew. We finished the event on a huge positive with Ethan, Will and Oliver all taking medals in the 50m breaststroke event.
In an gala that was so heavy in unnessacery and rather picky DQ's all of our kids should take a lot of confidence from the fact that the only ones we received where for our 2 BRAND NEW competitors and both of the lads learnt lessens and DID NOT let effect the rest of their swims Well done Sam Doran & Joshua Ashcroft. We also had a confidence booster for both of the Blackburn kids. Grace Blackburn put the disappointment of a backstroke DQ in her last gala with a great performance this time around and Mathew Blackburn had great PB's in both of his swims
On to our swimmer of the event. With all the medals and PB's that Will managed this weekend you can be forgiven for being a little confused . But this is by far the closest call I've had to make in a very long while and this time Ethan Kelly managed to just pip about 3 other kids for the spot. Ethan was amazing ALL weekend, smashing all his PB's, hitting all last years Lancs qualifying times and earning medals in a very competitive group of swimmers time and time again!!
200 breast - Gold
200 IM - Bronze
100 breast - Gold
200 free - Bronze
50 breast- Gold
Well done Ethan and keep up all the hard work!!!
The club is lucky enough to have two of our swimmers competing at this years British Age Group Championships and English Age Group Championships. Madison Rens and Caleb Griffiths have had AMAZING season and have manged to reach the top age group competition of the season.
Madison has achieved two swims. This is an unbelievable achievement as most of the girls she will be swimming against will be 12 months older than her!!!
Caleb has achieved 1 swim in British and 6 swims in the English Championships. Again this is a fantastic achievement and Caleb is hoping to be VERY competitive in all his swims
50m Backstroke - British Nationals
This is a FANTASTIC effort from both of them and they should both be HUGELY proud of themselves as i know that all the coaches are. Well done you two and keep up all the hard work in training!!
And to all our younger swimmers, hopefully next year i will be writing about how well you have done and have a picture of your cheesy mug up on the website!!
Emily has just competed in the Yorkshire Open Masters at Ponds Forge in Sheffield and managed some fantastic results in the 18-24yr age group ....not quite an old lady just yet then!!!
50m Free - Silver
100m Free - Silver
50m Fly - Silver
50m Breast - Silver
Well done Emily!!
Great to have you back at
Well Done Athena!! Just try and remember us little people when your in the Olympics!!
M&D R4 - Halton Gala
WHY O WHY WAS IT SO HOT IN THERE???
What a GALA?? A fantastic event from start to finish. Our little'uns REALLY set the tone with convincing swims in both of their relays(don't fancy facing that group of nippers for the next few years to come...AMAZING!!!) and we continued that right through the relays picking up fantastic placings in ALL the races. We again had some fantastic swims from our 14-15yr old girls who where in the most part swimming up to fill a few gaps in the ranks but none the less gave gave a fantastic account of themselves, so a HUGE mention should go to Rebekah Duncan, Maisie Stevens Madison Rens & Lucy McKenzie We welcomed back all the usual suspects with Sean Davies making a special trip back from uni to appear Harvey Martin coming back from injury and the LEGENDARY Emily Spence coming out of exile!! We put them all straight to work and they didn't disappoint!!
We then moved into the individuals where the always impressive Madison Rens & Steven McKenzie in the 50m freestyle, both with fantastic performance. We again had to call on Lucy McKenzie to fill a gap in the 14-15yrs 50m Breaststroke and Dan Davies backing her up from the boys. We then had to call in a substitute for the 100m Freestyle Gents as BIG SEAN DAVIES hurt his knee and swapped with Harvey Martin for the breaststroke race. Even with his damaged knee and swimming against some really tough competitors he still managed to great performance and got us some well earned points for the board. Emily Spencer was next into the pool and gave a commanding performance, leading from start to finish in her race!! We kept the pressure up right through and finished the first half strong with Millie Griffiths and Ethan Kelly swimming in the breaststroke which gave us a points lead at the halfway stage.
We continued the second half with the strong performances we left at first half. with Aahana Manglam and James Rogers setting the tone with excellent performances in their 50m fly races and Abi Towel and Harvey Martin continuing the performances of the open age group. We then moved onto my personal favorite race of the gala with 12yr old Holly Cooper stepping into the open age group 100m breaststroke. With some VERY VERY good swimmers in the event from Everton and Garston it would have been easy for Holly to let the pressure of the race get the better of her and at the start it certainly looked like that was the case as she made the first turn trailing everyone in dead last position. Holly never let that bother her and swam her her own race to absolute perfection. With every turn she managed to reel in the swimmers from Garston and pass her with before she was turning for the final sprint into the wall. As she turned for the final 25m she was hot on the heels of the swimmer from Prescott only for the Garston swimmer to make a come back. As the 3 of them were about to pass the halfway stage holly took control and ran a FANTASTIC 3rd place!!!!
We were again strong in the final stages with the relays. An area that used to be the bain of our gala is now turning into another opportunity for us to stack up points!! Our 11yr old boys and girls are a truly formidable team and will give everyone a proper run for their money for years to come and at the other end, Our Open age team is the strongest its ever been!!! A quick mention must go to our Junior boys captain Jake Stevens for entirely the most ........interesting pool entry of the gala!! He had picked his side as his teammate was swimming in only for the lad to veer sharply at the last minute forcing Jake to leap salmon-eske sideways, twist mid air and somehow stay in his own lane!!!! Well done Jake.
We finished of the the M&D season with 2 very exciting cannons and both the boys and girls team where amazing as ever coming in second in both events
With SO MANY brilliant performances on the day it is IMPOSSIBLE for me to pick out an individual performer for the event. From Chloe in the free, Maisie in the fly, Tilly in the free Sianna in the back, Sam in the fly, Lucy Bos in the breast, Lottie in the fly, Olivia in the back.......for the girls and George in the fly, Sean Flano in the back, Jack in the free, Luke in the back, Ethan Wallace in the free...........
EVERYONE WAS AMAZING!!!
Prescott = 181 pts
Crosby = 180 pts
Halton = 170 pts
Garston = 143 pts
Everton = 136 pts
We are just waiting for final conformation of the finishing positions and we will let you all know asap!!
My wife has informed that (and not for the first time), i have forgotten to mention my sons contribution to to the gala!! Well, Let me just say that as ever Caleb Griffiths you where as ever AMAZING !! Cant wait to see your back and fly at this weekends regionals and hopefully nationals!?!?!
Regionals - a message from the Crosby coaches
Good luck to ALL Crosby swimmers competing for Liverpool at this years regional championships. We all know how your training has been disrupted with the ongoing DRAMA at city, but im sure NONE of you will let that affect your performance.
No matter how you place on the day, PLEASE remember how proud ALL the Crosby coaches are of you........ you have all done AMAZING just to get there!!!
Club Champs - Day 2
On day 2 of our competition we welcomed back quite few of our missing swimmers from day 1 which helped fill out a few heats and really made things more interesting!!! We re-started with the Squad 100m backstroke and had some amazing heats to watch. The races that most stick in the mind would be heat 3 of the ladies race were we had Hollie Cooper, Lucy Mckenzie and Madison Rens all running each other close in a fantastic finish. Also heat 1 of the gents race come up with another spectacular race with Ethan Kelly, Will Irvine And Zein Mukhtar all vying for the top spot!!! Next we welcomed our Pre-Squad back into the pool for their 25m freestyle race and saw Georgina Wilson and Niamh Scott-McCormack swim fantastic in the ladies race and Oscar Donnelly come back to form with a fantastic swim for the lads. Last to get back into the pool was our Jnr squad. All looked cool calm and collected as they lined up for 25m butterfly, with them ALL having fantastic races the previous day with the 50m fly ythis one would just be a walk in the park!! One of our youngest swimmers produced a hugely improved swim from the previous day for the girls and so a massive well done to Charlotte Kirby and from the lads side the plaudits must go to the Cooke twins(Jacob & Ethan) who ran in first and second places in their heat.......no idea which one won though?? The HIGH level of competition kept rolling through the remaining races and we where treated to some fantastic races including the pre-squad girls 50m back stroke that saw Grace Blackburn just pip Niamh Scott-McCormack to a heat win!!
We then moved onto the 100m I.M and what i think is now becoming the Crosby Club Champ balcony favorite!!! We started with the event with the Jnr squad girls and where treated to fantastically close race between Karine Crosbie and Annabelle Irvine which was to close for me to call and REALLY got the crowd on their feet!!! This unbelievable quality and entertainment was carried right through the heats all the way through into the squad swimmers culminating in a unbelievable final heat that saw club captain Harvey Martin take the win in the final swim of the Crosby Club Champs 2019. All the points are currently being totaled and we will announce the winners at the presentation night on the
5th July at Marine Football Club
A huge thank you goes out to everyone that helped make this such a special event that is going from strength to strength EVERY YEAR!! Also a huge thanks to all the swimmers who make Crosby Swimming Club everything we hope it will be. From your behavior at local gals to your screams at poolside to support ANY member of the squad. To our top swimmers competing in the red of Liverpool at Regionals and Nationals, we know your still blue at heart!! Finally to all the parents who without all your effort and dedication we wouldn't have a club.
Onto the swimmer of the event. In something like this it would be impossible to pick an individual swimmer for the entire event. So we have decided to award a male and female from every squad. Even with choosing more swimmers, they were still hugely difficult decisions to make. These swimmers might not have won all their races or won their squad competition, but they have stood out to the coaches for many different reasons
Jnr Squad - Emily Cotton & James Waterson - Both swam brilliantly throughout and showed massive improvements. All the hard work in training is starting to pay off. Well done!!
Pre Squad - Maeve Bunclark & Josh Weston - Again, Both swam fantastically!! Maeve building on a very successful year and Josh just starting to build his confidence and moving to swimming in his first individual gala
Squad - Tilly Stevens & Ethan Kelly - Tilly is just a bundle of engery that has focused herself in way that kids nearly twice her age have failed to do. She will be entering her 1st individual gala in a few months and we are all expecting great things!! and what can i say about Ethan that i already haven't said in previous gala reports??? He is having a fantastic season and just building and building on a fantastic reputation!!
I think looking at those names you understand how well these swimmers have all swam when swimmers like The McKenzie family, The Griffiths Family, The Rens family, Hollie Cooper......... dont even get a mention!! A huge well done to you all and lets finish the season strong!!
Club Champs - Day 1
What a fantastic opening to our annual club champs!!! It looks like we have finally found a new balcony announcer that was made for the role and a very warm welcome to Simon Donnelly and huge thank you from everyone for stepping and and doing such a great job!! We started the preceding with a Blue ribbon event in the the selected squad 100m butterfly and they didn't fail to deliver a fantastic opener with Harvey Martin taking the win for the boys and Lottie Rens taking the win for the girls!!
We followed that that with the 25m backstroke from our pre-squad swimmers and a excellent performance from Niamh Borland seen her take the win in her heat and really set the tone for what was a brilliant day all round for Niamh. Joshua Weston had a fantastic swim in his heat and looks like we might need to keep a close eye on how he's getting on. Our Junior squad was next into the pool with their 25m freestyle race and everyone of them really showed fantastic calm to what for most of them was a first introduction to the competitive environment. With Annabelle Irvine, Karine Crosbie, Heidi Lindley and Emily Cotton Standing for the ladies and George Weston, Adam Lenehan and the Cooke brothers(Ethan & Jacob) putting on a showing from the gents. Our next set of races was from our top Squad and with some of the most anticipated heats in the entire gala we had some fantastic races to look forward to!! with heats that would include our almost infamous 11/12 & 13 yr old girls they never once failed to live up to the coaches expectations and EVERY heat was a really close fought competition and the overall leaders table will have changed around on multiple occasions. In the lads heats we had the 10 & 11 yr old boys who just like the girls are an unbelievably talented group of lads and the race that really stick out for me must be the 100m breaststroke. This is the stroke where at Lancs we twice had 3 crosby lads representing our club and it lived up to all i expected!! With young Will Irvine taking an early lead Ethan Kelly and Steven McKenzie were left chasing him. Will managed to keep the lead right up untill the final 25m but as they turned in for the final 25m, Ethan managed to find an extra gear and just managed to pip Will for the heat win. Another squad race that sticks in the head is the girls 50m Backstroke. I had my favorite already pegged on as a dead cert but from out of nowhere Chloe Quarton stole in with a fantastic victory....amazing to me as i didn't even know she could do backstroke!!!
We kept the pace up and rattled through the races and are left with a few interesting races to complete tonight including all squad doing the 100m I.M races
See you all later!! 6.30 warm for all squads
E & P Spring Meet
Another great weekend for the Kids from Crosby. In what was a VERY VERY busy meet. Attended by some of the biggest clubs in the region - like Liverpool & Manchester swimming clubs - our swimmers more than held their own, and managed to take plenty of medals from these more experienced swimmers on a very regular basis!! All swimmers where exceptional and carried themselves off very well both in the pool and on a very crowded poolside and as expected, where an absolute credit to their blue Crosby tops.
From a coaches point of view, and i know i've said before but..... we can't tell you all how pleased we all are when ALL we can hear is the din and racket you all make supporting WHOEVER is stood on the block in a Crosby hat and long may it continue!!!
We only had 2 newcomer to our team and despite my fears that one of the pair would hit his first official DQ,he managed to produce some interesting tumble turns and even more interesting backstroke turns than we would have liked but interesting doesn't equal illegal and he completed two very demanding 200m events. The other one swam with great confidence in both of her of her swims even if she had to wait an eternity for her first in the morning!! so a huge well done to both Jamie Myres & Emily Phillips who where both fantastic on their debuts!!
We started our our weekend with the boys 200m IM and where represented by Caleb Griffiths, Steven McKenzie and Ethan Kelly all of whom set great PB's with Caleb and Ethan bringing home a gold and a silver each. this set the tone for the morning session with Maeve Bunclark - the new Crosby Medal Machine - picking up a silver in the 100 free and Sianna Rens picking up a bronze in the 50m breaststroke to name but a few(that's right, Sianna got a bronze for breaststroke?!?!?).
We also had a number of swimmers making attempts at what are ridiculously hard regional qualification times with mixed success. Hollie Cooper SMASHED through her 200m breaststroke time and i think needed a 2.58(SC) and manged a 2.55(SC) Well done holly and we'll see you in Manchester!! We also had Rebekah Duncan attempting an always difficult 50 freestyle but fell just short. On a personal note, the qualifying times this year are unbelievable quick!! Anyone that manages to attain these times should be hugely proud of themselves and anyone within touching distance should be equally proud of themselves!!
We had a constant presence at the medal table from all the usual suspects including Madison Rens, Aahana Manglam, Luke Suarez & James Rogers to name but a few and we also had our constant PB's being Smashed with a special mention going to Lucy McKenzie and Millie Griffiths who had fantastic swims all through the weekend
We finished the gala as strongly as we started it with Caleb Griffiths taking another silver for the 100m fly against a very strong line up.
For my swimmer of the event it will go to someone who has struggled a little bit recently. She Never managed to hit her PB's this weekend but none-the-less swam fantastically throughout!! She has had a bit of an injury to her wrist that required an operation and a lengthy lay off from all swimming. Despite this, she has come back to Crosby with a Fantastic attitude and has attacked all her events brilliantly and keeps improving at every event!!
and keep up all the hard work and effort!!
Wirral Spring Meet
Another long weekend ......Another VERY SUCCESSFUL weekend for all of our swimmers!! We started the 200m IM with Jess Harrington starting as the rest of the kids would go on by smashing a 15+sec off her PB!!! We followed that with success in the 100m backstroke most notably MUST go to Mathew Blackburn who managed an incredible 36.60 sec PB......... think i might have to have a word with his dad about fudging Mathews entry times??? That is just two of an incredible amount of PB's with all the kids achieving at least 1 each through the weekend..Here is a list of the most notable
Grace Ashcroft - 12sec 100 breast, Lucy chellew 10secs 100 breast, Serrene Crosbie 6 sec 100 breast, Oliver Lambert 28 secs 200 breast,Marats Solovjovs 21 secs 200 free,Maeve Bunclark - 12.7, and these are just in the first few events!!!!
We also had huge medal success with Meave Bunclark taking home 2 very impressive silver medal in the 50 & 100m freestyle races. Will Irvine taking home his usual handful of medals and Oliver Lambert bringing home a impressive tally!!
Worryingly from a coaching perspective, we suffered an alarming amount of DQ's at this gala. Some where a little excessive from a judging point of view, but enough where well earned from our nippers that means we still have a lot to practice back at HQ. Hopefully all the kids that suffered the DQ's will take the frustration back to training and listen when the coaches are giving them instruction on turns and transitions. Hopefully, we can take a positive out of this and not repeat the same issues again at the next gala
Again, we welcomed a large number of first time competitive swimmers to an event and everyone of them performed fantastic.....including 1 lad who didn't think that 50m was enough in his 50m breaststroke event and thought he would give everyone else a chance by completing a full 75m instead!! Well done to you all
Onto our swimmer of the gala- For myself, It was 2 lads that really stood out. Im giving it to 2 because both of them only swam in 1 day.
The first swimmer is our Club Captain Harvey Martin who despite not training properly for the last few months showed up on the Sunday and absolutely smashed all PB's and and really looked like he is coming back into form in time for a possible shock entry into regionals !!
The second.......and im almost afraid to say it as he already seems a little over excited, is James Rogers Who was unbelievable in all his races on Saturday and constantly hit PB's and medals ALL DAY
Well done James and Harvey. You where both fantastic!!
M&D - Round 3 - Garston
Not our best performance in this years competition.....but none the less some huge positives to take away into the final 2 gala's. This was a gala where we hugely missed some of our more experienced swimmers. So although this might not have been the most convincing performance in the pool we were still able to keep all the other teams within touching distance with some fantastic performances. Special mention must go to young Will Irvine who in his first gala came in first place to announce himself as a future Crosby star. We also had the usual fantastic performance from Caleb Griffiths & Madison Rens who won all their age group individual races and and where excellent in their relay and individual swim ups. Another Griffiths was another swimmer that swam well and was instrumental in our 10 - 11yr girls making it a clean sweep in ALL of their individual and reley events. So well done Millie Griffiths and keep up the hard work
ALL the coaches where absolutely delighted with all support shown across every age group at the end of the pool. Im sure you can imagine how nervous some of our younger swimmers can be and there is no better feeling than seeing your teammates cheering you on and supporting you in your races.
Lets hope that in the remaining galas we can call on the entire Crosby swimming club to push us on and maybe stand a chance of upsetting the odds and winning the premiere division in our first year bouncing back!!!
Onto our swimmer of the gala. This time we have given it to an entire squad. We were so short of swimmers in one age group that we had to promote an entire age group to swim not only in their own swims but that of the age group above them!! All swam excellently and Never batted an eye lid about taking on swimmers much older and more experienced than themselves.
Well done to the entire girls 12-13yrs team