Jersey Open 2012

Jersey Open 2012

26th October 2012
Truro City swimmers challenged by the weather and the competitors at Jersey Open 2012 …

Truro City SC set off in the early hours of Friday morning with ambition on timing their arrival at the Jersey Open 2012 first session that evening. However as a storm front moved up through the channel Head Coach Emily Dart and her assistants  Kate Smitham and Dan Corbett had to change plans and the expected 3 hour ferry crossing turned in to a marathon taking almost 11 hours.

The annual competition held over 3 days challenges the swimmers fitness at this early part of the swim racing calendar, but the meet is always well recieved at the Les Quennevais Sports Centres 8 lane 25m short course pool in St Brelade, where the competition is fierce and the times are fast.

For the vast majority of the travelling squad a mixture of junior and senior squad, it provided an early opportunity to record county (Cqt) in the L3 event and regional (Rqt) in the L2.and national qualifying times (Nqt) which would be challenging for all of swimmers hoping to maximise their effort to stake a competitive time.

For the remarkable small 14 person Truro team some of whom this was their first Jersey Open experience it was pleasing to note many superb individual swims; this success exceeded all early season expectations with all squad members obtaining medals and many personnel best times.

It was also surprisiing that after the long and tiring journey with the swimmers missing the first and second session, the team delivered an impressive 44 medals (11 Gold, 15 Silver and 18 Bronze) over just 2 days of competition. The travelling squad also achieved 80 PB’s, 91 County and 28 Regional Qualifying times.

Swimming their hearts out and conducting themselves admirably both in and out of the pool the whole squad did both Emily and the club proud, well done to you all!

A special mention and well done has to go to Vice-Captain Charlie Haynes who after only 2 days out 3 competing was still awarded Best Overall Boy swimmer of the meet in the 14/ 15 years age group.

The final event of the competition was the “dash for cash”, “skins” sprint competition. 

The skins competition is the exciting finale to the open competition and is the one event most swimmers love to compete in, it is an event that many of the swimmers who have tried would love to see endorsed and adopted at the County Championships as the final showdown event. This year there were 4 skins competition events to round off the open championships, they were the 14/15 Boys & Girls and 16/Over Boys & Girls.

The event format runs by taking the top 8 swimmers who have amassed the most Fina points over the 3 days into a random 4 round 50m sprint elimination competition. The stroke draw takes place immediately before each round so individual favourite strokes are luck of the draw, a whistle is blown 10 seconds before the start beep and it is the swimmers individual responsibility to stand on the blocks late or early anticipating the beep that comes without warning when the 10 seconds are up. Each round is sent away with the last 2 swimmers to finish eliminated until only the final 2 remain to swim for glory.

Truro girls Captain Josie Williams was the only club swimmer to make it through to this finale event, again like Charlie Haynes remarkable because Josie had also only competited for 2 days. However well known to the Jersey crowd this was Josie’s 3rd skins final, winning in 2009 and runner-up in 2011 she new what to expect standing on the blocks.

Josie drawn in lane 8 could stealthly attack each round, which is what happened Round 1 saw the stroke of freestyle drawn which turned out to be a very close event with only 100’s between each of the swimmers but one of Josie’s strongest strokes, where Josie calling on her experience as the county and regional sprint champion finished in 2nd place to continue the Truro challenge into round 2. Josie continued through rounds 2 & 3 of backstroke, butterfly and finally the showdown with her weakest stroke breaststroke. But showing the true fighting ability she has which has seen her set county records and achieve national qualification Josie posted a personal best time to secure the victory.

A summary of results is shown in the table below, for the Full Results Click <Here>