Titans make master strokes

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KIDDERMINSTER aces swimming for Ellesmere College Titans enjoyed a weekend to remember at the recent Swansea Long Course Open Meet.

Titans were named as the top club and earned 55 gold medals, 31 silvers and 18 bronze.

Holy Trinity student Eleanor Bainbridge, 10, was representing the club in competition for the first time but was not deterred as he stormed to six golds and four silvers from her ten events.

She smashed ten meet records, some of them twice, by swimming in five finals and set a swathe of new personal best times.

She won the 100m freestyle in one minute and 10.6 seconds, lifting herself to third in the UK rankings.

Victory in the 400m freestyle ( 5:11.06) leaves her second in the national standings.

There was also success in the 100m butterfly (1:18.19 MRec, 2nd in UK), 200m freestyle (2:29.63 MRec, 2nd in UK) and 200m individual medley (2:50.55 MRec, 2nd in UK).

Starting at Wyre Forest Swimming Club, she has been regularly travelling to Worcester and Coventry for elite training and now has decided to settle at Ellesmere Titans.

She is hoping this will assist her in taking the next step onto the national scene under the guidance of England Open Water coach Alan Bircher.

Eleanor will be moving to study at Ellesmere College in September to join elite swimmers from all four corners of the British Isles.

From the 94 swimmers in her division, Eleanor is ranked fifth in the 800m freestyle and eighth in the 100 butterfly.

Meanwhile, Wyre Forest pair Hayden Griffiths, 17, and Jacob Jackson, 15, were in good form at the Midland Championships.

Griffiths broke three records and secured golds in 200m and 50m, 400m individual medley.

Meanwhile Jackson recorded a well-deserved win in the 50 freestyle.

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Local swimming stars excel in Pool

Kidderminster aces swimming for Ellesmere College Titans enjoyed a weekend to remember at the recent Swansea Level 1 Long Course (50m pool) Open Meet with the club once again achieving the accolade of ‘Top Club’ taking home over 100 medals including 55 golds, 31 silver and 18 bronze together with top girl ‘all stroke skins’ girls champion and both top girl and boy points scorers. In addition ‘Titans’ members broke 49 Swansea Meet Records (MRec) together with 22 of their own club records and countless personal bests (pb’s)

Bainbridge “just stunning”

Stunning performances came from many of the younger swimmers with ten year old ‘Holy Trinity School’ pupil Eleanor Bainbridge swimming under the mighty ‘Titans’ banner for the first time taking six golds and four silver from her 10 events also breaking 10 meet records some of them twice by swimming in five Finals and unbelievably 100% personal bests (pb’s). Eleanor put in a great performances in the 100m Free (1:10.60) breaking a meet record and rising to 3rd in her end of year UK rankings repeating this feat again in the 400m free where again she rose to 2nd in the UK taking gold with 5:11.06, the 100m Fly (1:18.19 MRec & 2nd in UK) 200m Free (2:29.63 MRec & 2nd in UK) and 200m Individual Medley (2:50.55 MRec & 2nd in UK).

Eleanor’s dedication to the sport with the undying support from her justifiably proud parents who were also swimmers to an extremely high standard is a feat to behold. Starting at the local club Eleanor has been regularly travelling to Worcester and Coventry for elite training and now has decided to settle at one of the fastest rising elite clubs in Great Britain at Ellesmere Titans to assist her in taking the next step onto the national scene under the guidance of England Open Water coach Alan Bircher presently in Mallorca with the National Squad. Eleanor will be moving to study at Ellesmere College in September to join elite swimmers from all four corners of the British Isles.

In the forthcoming English Midlands Age Group Champs over the first two weekends in June despite being in the 10-11 age group with 11 year old qualifying times ten year old Eleanor will be swimming in nine events, though she has actually qualified for even more. From the ninety-four swimmers in her division Eleanor is ranked 5th in the 800m free (16 lengths in long course 50m pool) and 8th in the 100m fly, a magnificent achievement in itself and bodes well for next year when she will be in the same division but in the 11 year age group and holds great medal potential when making the National Age Group Championships..

Two more Ellesmere Titans Hayden Griffiths (17) and Jacob Jackson (15) also reigning from the Kidderminster area continued their form from the Midland Youth Championships where Jackson became Midland Champion by setting meet records. Griffiths broke three in all from his four golds with 200m Breast (2:35.44 & MRec); 50m Breast (32.25 & MRec) and 400m IM (4:48.67 & MRec). Meanwhile Jackson recorded a well deserved win in the 50 Free with 25.80 in the 15 years and over division taking silver in ther 200m Fly (2:16.18).

Head Coach Alan Bircher stated "I was really impressed with how all the swimmers kept jumping on the blocks race after race and producing some outstanding performances. Also to regain the top team award was testament to the hard work this group of kids put in"
Here is the unedited text submitted for this article; Local swimming stars excel in Pool Kidderminster aces swimming for Ellesmere College Titans enjoyed a weekend to remember at the recent Swansea Level 1 Long Course (50m pool) Open Meet with the club once again achieving the accolade of ‘Top Club’ taking home over 100 medals including 55 golds, 31 silver and 18 bronze together with top girl ‘all stroke skins’ girls champion and both top girl and boy points scorers. In addition ‘Titans’ members broke 49 Swansea Meet Records (MRec) together with 22 of their own club records and countless personal bests (pb’s) Bainbridge “just stunning” Stunning performances came from many of the younger swimmers with ten year old ‘Holy Trinity School’ pupil Eleanor Bainbridge swimming under the mighty ‘Titans’ banner for the first time taking six golds and four silver from her 10 events also breaking 10 meet records some of them twice by swimming in five Finals and unbelievably 100% personal bests (pb’s). Eleanor put in a great performances in the 100m Free (1:10.60) breaking a meet record and rising to 3rd in her end of year UK rankings repeating this feat again in the 400m free where again she rose to 2nd in the UK taking gold with 5:11.06, the 100m Fly (1:18.19 MRec & 2nd in UK) 200m Free (2:29.63 MRec & 2nd in UK) and 200m Individual Medley (2:50.55 MRec & 2nd in UK). Eleanor’s dedication to the sport with the undying support from her justifiably proud parents who were also swimmers to an extremely high standard is a feat to behold. Starting at the local club Eleanor has been regularly travelling to Worcester and Coventry for elite training and now has decided to settle at one of the fastest rising elite clubs in Great Britain at Ellesmere Titans to assist her in taking the next step onto the national scene under the guidance of England Open Water coach Alan Bircher presently in Mallorca with the National Squad. Eleanor will be moving to study at Ellesmere College in September to join elite swimmers from all four corners of the British Isles. In the forthcoming English Midlands Age Group Champs over the first two weekends in June despite being in the 10-11 age group with 11 year old qualifying times ten year old Eleanor will be swimming in nine events, though she has actually qualified for even more. From the ninety-four swimmers in her division Eleanor is ranked 5th in the 800m free (16 lengths in long course 50m pool) and 8th in the 100m fly, a magnificent achievement in itself and bodes well for next year when she will be in the same division but in the 11 year age group and holds great medal potential when making the National Age Group Championships.. Two more Ellesmere Titans Hayden Griffiths (17) and Jacob Jackson (15) also reigning from the Kidderminster area continued their form from the Midland Youth Championships where Jackson became Midland Champion by setting meet records. Griffiths broke three in all from his four golds with 200m Breast (2:35.44 & MRec); 50m Breast (32.25 & MRec) and 400m IM (4:48.67 & MRec). Meanwhile Jackson recorded a well deserved win in the 50 Free with 25.80 in the 15 years and over division taking silver in ther 200m Fly (2:16.18). Head Coach Alan Bircher stated "I was really impressed with how all the swimmers kept jumping on the blocks race after race and producing some outstanding performances. Also to regain the top team award was testament to the hard work this group of kids put in" SlipperyWhenWet
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