Welsh Nationals 2017
Posted By : Cheshunt SC On 2017-09-01 10:18:00
The Welsh Nationals were held in Swansea from the 31st July until the 6th August.  This year Cheshunt had 3 swimmers competing, Zane Batt plus Tegan & Callum Wollaston.  Between them they would be swimming 32 events over the 7 days.

Monday saw the boys first in the pool with 100m FS.  Zane started off as he intended with a PB of 1.02.56 finishing 14th. Callum also set a PB of 57.06 in the heat which got him into the final in which he finished 4th.  The 200m BK was also a strong event for the boys with both making the finals.  Zane finished 5th in a time of 2.27.27 and Callum set another PB in 2.21.44 again in 4th place.

Tegan joined the boys on day 2 with a great seasons best time of 2.14.99 in the 200m FS coming 14th.  Zane swam a PB of 38.10 for the 50m BR and Callum came 10th in the 100m FLY in 1.04.60.

Wednesday saw the boys in the 200m FS.  Zane set another great PB of 2.17.58 coming 14th with Callum doing the same in the heat with 2.04.69 and just missing out again on a medal in the final with 4th place.  Thursday hotted up with a second session before the finals. Zane set 3 more PBs in the 100m BR 1.25.75, 200m IM 2.38.61 and 400m FS where he swam a brilliant race coming 10th in a time of 4.46.88.  Likewise Callum set high standards with PBs in the 200m IM just missing out on the final in 9th place, and again showing his strength in the 400m FS event getting on the podium in 3rd place in 4.26.81.  Tegan also swam a seasons best in the 100m FS 1.03.73 and 400m IM 5.36.31.

Session 1 on Friday saw the 50m FS with Zane in great form with a PB of 28.87 and Callum yet again just missing out on the final with a PB of 26.84. Tegan also impressed with her 100m FLY and 200m BK.  The 2nd session saw the 400m FS for Tegan and 400m IM for Zane.  Both finished 11th in times of 4.49.83 & 5.33.69.

Saturday morning saw Callum gain his favourite position of 9th in the 50m FLY 28.83 but both Zane & Callum progressed through to the final of the 100m BK.  Tegan also swam a great 800m FS finishing in 9.44.10 taking 7th place.  The finals session on the Saturday saw both Zane & Callum step a level in their finals and lower their PBs with Zane 2nd in 1.05.78 & Callum 3rd in 1.04.25.

The final day of competition saw all 3 swimmers in the pool.  The 50m FS saw Tegan with another seasons best of 29.51 and again both Zane & Callum progressed to the final in the 50m BK.  Not to be outdone Tegan also qualified for the final in the 200mFLY. Inbetween the heats and finals both boys were involved in the gruelling 1500m FS.  Zane was first up and set out on a good pace.  He continued to grow in strength through the race and finished in a brilliant PB of 18.52.11 only just missing out on a medal by less than a second.  Callum was next up and seeded in 3rd place.  He went out strongly and had to swim the race on his own as by 200m he was 2 body lengths in front.  He continued to pace the race well and finished strongly in a great PB of 17..22.62 taking the gold medal.  The final finals session saw Zane & Callum again in the pool in the 50m BK.  Both boys yet again finished with new PBs of 31.17 & 30.34 just missing out on medals with both in 4th place.  Tegan lowered her heat time in the 200m FLY coming 6th in 2.44.02.

The whole week was a tremendous success with 20 PBs and 4 season best times out of the 32 events swam by the Cheshunt swimmers.  It was also great to be joined by Henry Roberts (Hertford), Daniel English (Hitchin), Ceri Heard (Watford), Anna Fallon (Team Luton) and Jessica Keogh plus Gemma Hanson (Hatfield), all of whom swam a variety of events over the 7 days.  

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