New head coach praises PB times

Chesterfield Swimming Club head coach Mark Tanner
Chesterfield Swimming Club head coach Mark Tanner

Young swimmers from the largest competitive swimming club in north Derbyshire have recorded their best personal times at two key competitions.

With recently appointed professional full-time head coach Mark Tanner, pictured, at the helm, a new regime of ‘FAST’ swimming has begun to take effect at Chesterfield Swimming Club.

Their two-day home event, the Christmas Cracker meet held at Queen’s Park Sports Centre, every Chesterfield swimmer recorded at least one personal best.

Mark said: “Jessie Westnidge hit fantastic form and seemed unstoppable achieving qualifying times for next year’s Midlands Regional Championships in seven events; she also picked up the Top Girl award for the weekend.

“Imogen Morris, Sophie Critchlow, Oli Wilkes and Stephanie Williams were also very excited to achieve qualifying times for the Midlands Championships.

“There were some fantastic swims from our up-and-coming young swimmers too, in particular the 9 and 10 year olds James Toft, Cameron Stott, Alex Norris, Holly Tomlinson, Celia Williams and Chloe Stennett competed well in several 200m and 400m events.’’

Chesterfield swimmer Sophie Critchlow competed at the Midland short course championships in the 200m breaststroke where she represented the Derbyshire performance squad Derventio eXcel for the first time. Sophie got her DX career off to a flying start by smashing her PB by 1.53 seconds.

At the Derbyshire Sprints Championships at Ponds Forge, 33 swimmers out of the 35 who took part achieved PBs!

Gold medals were won by Matthew Mounsey, John Richards and Will Richards with silver medal swims achieved by Carla Bickerstaffe, Oli Wilkes and Celia Williams. Sophie Critchlow, Imogen Morris, Elizabeth Critchlow and Carla Bickerstaffe each recorded bronze medal finishes.