Derby Level 1 Meet (2012)
Ponds Forge in Sheffield played host to a small team from Windsor Swimming Club last weekend, which provided a good opportunity for younger swimmers to experience competition in one of the fastest pools in the world.
Only a handful of swimmers were fortunate enough to gain entry to this heavily over-subscribed and highly competitive meet, but the squad managed an impressive string of results nonetheless.
Florence Claringbold (16) began proceedings with a strong swim in the 100m Breaststroke, finishing with a time of 1.15.8, the second occasion in which she's bettered the National Championships qualifying standard.
On the men's side, Windsor's first swim came in the 100m Backstroke, in which Moritz Hoogers (10) placed third in his age-group with a huge personal-best time of 1.24.1. Later in the day, Hoogers showed his diversity by competing well in the 400m Freestyle, again placing third in his age-group, and finishing with a time of 5.32.2.
During the Women's 100m Freestyle Lily Glover (15) and Lucy Campbell (15) both recorded times under the one-minute boundary, with 59.1 and 59.8 respectively. And on the second day Glover placed among the top eight in the 200m Individual Medley with a time of 2.23.6.Similarly, in the 400m Freestyle, arguably her best event, Campbell ranked fourth with a fantastic personal-best time of 4.23.9, behind girls three years her senior.
Lastly, Robert Iddiols (22) demonstrated his form by earning an Olympic Trials qualifying standard in the 100m Freestyle, finishing in second place with a time of 51.3. He can now add the 100m to his Olympic repertoire, the trials for which take place in March.
What's more, head coach Matt Heathcock was quick to point out that Windsor's Development Team showed terrific team spirit while competing in the first round of the Thames Valley League, and will look to improve through each round.
Next weekend the squad hosts their own meet for clubs in the region at the Magnet in Maidenhead.