07th May 2014
Truro City pair take it the next level at the annual regional championship's.
Truro City Swimming Club's talented pair of senior swimmer Susie Laws and Charlie Haynes had a very busy but productive weekend competing at the annual ASA Southwest Regional Youth Swimming Championships held at The Life Centre, Plymouth.
After a highly successful Cornwall County Championships back in March this year where Susie was crowned sprint double senior champion and Charlie dominated taking senior titles in his eight events; it was a great opportunity to test themselves amongst the best of the Southwest at the next level in this year’s regional youth championships.
The event held over the bank holiday weekend matched the best swimmers from across the South and West of England for a chance of glory against each other in the 50m long course swimming pool.
Entered in four events in the female 16 and under age group category, Susie swam very well and was competitive in all her races. A specialist freestyle sprinter Susie was always going to be in the mix for these events, she did not disappoint making the final for both the 50 metre and 100 metre freestyle. As the finals arrived Susie upped her game and put in great performances to finish a very creditable 8th place overall in the 50 freestyle in a new personal long course best time of 28.95. Susie continued her excellent form by cruising into the 100 metre freestyle final where a close finish in the final saw her miss out on the medals for a 4th place finish but another personal best clocking 1.02.55.
Charlie had an outstanding weekend. Entered in five events he dominated his age group in his specialist freestyle and fly sprint events. Swimming effectively in the heats he qualified to compete in all his finals. As the finals arrived during the evening’s it was a focussed performance. In the first, the 100 metre freestyle, Charlie raced hard to a silver medal, a personal best and that much sought after national qualifying time in 53.42. Next was the 50 metre fly of which Charlie is the current regional champion; he did not disappoint, winning gold and another regional title in 25.58, clocking another national time along the way and subsequently making him the top ranked 16/17year old age grouped swimmer in the country at this event. Charlie continued his excellent form into day two; clocking 1.57.70 in 200 metre freestyle and another silver medal, obtaining bronze in 100 metre fly in yet another national qualifying time of 58.03 and finally finishing on a high with another gold, regional title and national qualifying time in the 50 metre freestyle achieving 24.28.
All Charlie’s times where new personal long course best times and county records. The four national times give him qualification to compete against the best the country has to offer at the forthcoming ASA Youth National Championships at Sheffield in August.
Everyone at the club is extremely proud of Susie and Charlie’s achievements this year; both have worked hard and deserve the rewards from the dedication and commitment they have shown.