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October 2016


Arena League Round One


Carn Brea and Helston Swimming Club travelled to Bristol for the first of three rounds in the National Arena Swimming League in October. CBHSC is currently in Division One after spending 2015 doing battle against the big power clubs in the Premier League. The club’s first round competition were teams from Cardiff, Paignton, Kingsbridge, Cirencester, Clevedon and Barnstable

The CBHSC team comprised of swimmers aged between 9 and adult, in which they get to compete in both individual and relay events, gaining team points for their finishing position. The team ethos means that most swimmers pull out their very fastest times. Of the 50 events, 23 resulted in the swimmer gaining a new personal best time.

The team notched up 6 first places – two by 15 yr old Ellie Phesse, in 100m backstroke and freestyle. Ellie’s backstroke winning time of 1.06.75 was six seconds clear of her rivals – a pattern taken one step further by Turaya Evans in the 13yrs and under event in which she won with a huge ten second margin. 15 yr old Ben Hallam also gained a win in the boys’ 100m backstroke. The girls 15 and under relay team (consisting of Ellie Phesse, Jade Exell, Megan Vingoe and Rosie Boulton) were unbeatable, claiming maximum points in both the freestyle and the medley relays.

The team notched up 6 first places – two by 15 yr old Ellie Phesse, in 100m backstroke and freestyle. Ellie’s backstroke winning time of 1.06.75 was six seconds clear of her rivals – a pattern taken one step further by Turaya Evans in the 13yrs and under event in which she won with a huge ten second margin. 15 yr old Ben Hallam also gained a win in the boys’ 100m backstroke. The girls 15 and under relay team (consisting of Ellie Phesse, Jade Exell, Megan Vingoe and Rosie Boulton) were unbeatable, claiming maximum points in both the freestyle and the medley relays.

Overall CBHSC came fifth in this first round, which places them centrally in the division overall. This is a comfortable position on which to build in the next round, which to be held on November 12th in Newport. Good luck to all swimmers!



New Records Forged in CBHSC Open Meet


The Carn Brea and Helston Open Meet, held at Penzance Leisure Centre and Bodmin Dragons Leisure Centre, heralded the start of the new swimming season. If this event is anything to go by we can look forward to a very fast 2017 season as numerous new records were created.

CBHSC had 40 swimmers taking part in events over the two days and between them they created 30 new competition best times as well as gaining 126 medal position finishes. In addition 111 new personal best times were created.

The meet encouraged many of the youngest swimmers to compete at their very first swimming season and with very encouraging results. Six of the CBHSC swimmers were just nine years old. Of these young swimmers Michael Long came home with five top three placed medals as well as breaking a competition record, with Darcey Laurence gaining four golds and a new record. 9yr old Maisy Hawkins (pictured) took home a superb set of five golds, one silver and one bronze alongside smashing three competition best times.

Further up the age range, golden girl Megan Vingoe won herself a full compliment of eight gold medals as well as creating 3 new competition best times in the 14 year old age group. Megan’s 400m freestyle time of 4.31:5 is likely to stand for a few years to come.

Similarly Turaya Evans set some very tough new records in the 13yr old girls backstroke events – four new competition best times in total, along with gaining eight gold medals, three silvers and one bronze. The greatest number of records were broken by 15yr old Sara Mazzeo who set five new records in a range of events including fly, backstroke and IM.

Other record breakers included: Ben Hallam, Lyndon Holmes-Beddow, Steven Lewis, Mark Penrose, Ellie Phesse, Anya Piotrowicz and Caja Rodda.

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CBHSC Six in County Team Selection


Carn Brea and Helston had an impressive six swimmers selected to represent Cornwall in the 2016 National County Team Championships held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. Cornwall are placed in Division 2 and were pitched against 15 other counties in this division. The event scores points against the swimmer’s final finishing position, which are then tallied at the end of the meet to determined the county’s overall position. Competition is very fierce and times are quick!

The selected CBHSC swimmers were: Turaya Evans, Jago Mottart, Ben Hallam, Ellie Phesse, Sara Mazzeo and Steven Lewis. The club has reason to be really proud of all its swimmers but especially 13 yr old Turaya Evans, who gained Cornwall’s only top spot position in the 12/13 yrs 100m backstroke. Turaya led her race from the start and finished in a personal best time of 1.06.02 – a clear second ahead of her previous best time. All other CBHSC swimmers in individual events gained personal bests – with Sara gaining two 0.10 second pbs in both her events, Ben coming in 0.7 seconds quicker on a fantastic 58.24 for 100 freestyle and Jago cutting a whopping 4 seconds off his previous 100m breaststroke time.

Cornwall finished in 15th place – the same as in 2015 – but probably got the top spot for swimming with heart, soul and a mighty fine attitude. Thank you to the coaches Ryan and Cameron, as well as to Emma and Mark for their support managing the team. A fierce yet fun time was had by one and all.



Carn Brea and Helston Swimming Club Distance Championships


CBHSC held their own club distance championships over two days, enabling swimmers to gain experience and establish times in distance events of 200m or longer. As well as gaining personal best times, some swimmers also managed to push the club records that little bit further.

14 yr old Daniel Lyford has had an exceptional year in 2016 and this was evident in these championships. Daniel managed to set three new records in three very diverse events: 200m Breaststroke, 400mIM and 1500m freestyle. These events prove what a good all rounder Daniel is becoming.

Sara Mazzeo also broke two records in 200m and 400m freestyle in the 15 and over category however 14 yr old Megan Vingoe’s new record breaking time for 400m freestyle at 4.35.06 was the quickest of the evening out of all the age groups.

Overall 70 new personal best times were created and some events, particularly in the younger age groups, had such significant numbers of competitors that they had to be run over four heats.

A further distance championships weekend is being held at the end of November to allow swimmers the opportunity to compete in all strokes at the longer distances. No doubt the records will be pushed that little bit further again.