18th August 2014

Truro City Swimming Club where delighted to have a pair of talented swimmers qualify and compete at National level in the annual ASA British Gas National Championships at Sheffield.

Nicholas Laws competing in the 14-year old Age Group Championships and Charlie Haynes in the Youth Championships; through much hard work, determination and skill both achieved the tough required national times for the first time during this swim season, giving them a great opportunity to test themselves amongst the best the country has to offer. 

First up was Nicholas in his age group category. Nicholas a multiple county champion and county swimmer was competing for his home school of Millfield, of which he was first leg of the 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay which qualified for the final where he gained a silver behind Plymouth Leander. Day 2 for Nicholas was his individual 100 metre freestyle where he came in 56.88 pacing him 22nd in the country for his age group. Day 3 had Nicholas back in the pool for team relays, this time 4 x 200 metre freestyle. Millfield swam strong to go into the evening’s final ranked first; a great performance saw them come out on top as National champions and gold for Nicholas and his team. Final day of competing had Nicholas swim his age group 200 metre freestyle in 2.03.12 giving him a very creditable 22nd in the country.

On completion of the age group championships it was Charlie’s turn to take to the pool in the Youth 17 and 18 combined age group category. After a highly successful County and Regional championships Charlie’s impressive times had him competing in tough heats for a young man just turned 17, taking on the likes of newly crowned double Commonwealth Champion Ben Proud.
Unfortunately for Charlie the task was made even harder by picking up a niggling ankle injury just prior to these championships, however; Charlie as always showed determination, spirit and zeal carrying on doing Truro City and Cornwall proud. First up for Charlie was 100 metre fly, which Charlie came in 1.01.12  unfortunately over 3 seconds of his PB and county record, evidence his ankle was a problem placing him 58th. Day two had Charlie competing in his favourite 50 metre fly of which he is regional champion and top ranked 16/17 year old nationally going into these championships. Charlie showed massive improvement clocking a very creditable and competitive 26.26 in the male open event, just outside his PB but making him the 37th ranked male in this event in the country and 5th ranked 17 year old.  After a well deserved day of rest next up for Charlie was the 100 metre freestyle. Charlie upped his game and put in great performance, the rest obviously paying off to finish a very creditable 27th place in a new PB and county record of 53.09. Last up for Charlie after a long hard week of competing was the splash and dash 50 metre freestyle. Swimming effectively in the heats he qualified for the semi-final 12th overall in a cracking and smoking new PB and county record of  24.05. As the semi-finals arrived during the afternoon it was another focussed performance from Charlie, unfortunately not just enough on the night as he just missed out on the final by 0.07 seconds in another great swim of 24.09 placing him 13th overall and the 4th ranked 17 year old in the country. 

Everyone at the club is extremely proud of both Nicholas and Charlie’s achievements this year. 

2013/2014 swim season and calendar has been a busy but highly successful one for team Truro with both regional and national achievements on the rise; a successful county championship with multiple champions seeing Truro crowned overall champions and retaining their premier status. The club is currently enjoying a well earned short summer break, with training and focus for next season’s campaign restarting next week.