COVENTRY NOVEMBER OPEN MEET
This weekend Rugby took a team of predominantly younger swimmers over to the Coventry 50m pool for the November Open Meet.
With medals up for grabs for each individual age group, off we went with the intention of bringing some home! Some needing times for the upcoming Warwickshire’s and others just wanting to get long course times and experience in this daunting 50m pool!
The competition was tough as Coventry train here all the time, so this makes it a comfortable environment for them. Rugby on the other hand swim long course only a few times a year, and this can make it slightly more difficult as you need a different approach to your swims in a 50m pool. The competition were teams such as Biddulph, Co Birmingham, Camp Hill, Leek, Stafford Apex and the elite group of swimmers Derventio! Derventio seemed to have a particularly high number of swimmers in the upper age groups making it even harder competition for those older swimmers that had come along!
So medals we went for, and medals we got!!....To start off day one, a few of our swimmers bravely took on the 400IM, Mackenzie & Maya Patchett-Smyth along with Briony Dew and Yanna Villasis. Yanna received a Gold in her age group! 200 Back saw Kieran Jarvis (10yr) receiving a Bronze and Alfie Hebb (10yr) just missing out with 4th place, with less than a second between them, both knocking 8/10 seconds off their pb’s! For the girls Yanna (10yr) received a Bronze along with a Silver for Harriet Troup (11yr)! In the 50 Fly Max Green (11yr) got a Bronze for the boys. For the girls was a Gold for Annabel Crees (9yr) and Bronze for Emma Jones (9yr), a close race with only 0.50 between them! 200 Free was a tough event with Emma (9yr) getting a Gold with a 7 second pb! Annabel just missing out on 4th place. Issabelle Hobbs (10yr), Alfie and Ella Marlow (11yr) all had excellent pb’s in this event! 100 Fly I think I can fly….. and she did, Yanna (10yr) was successful again with a Bronze. In the 200 Breast both Emma (9yr) & William Stamp (10yr) got a Silver, Toby Marlow (11yr) just missed out on a 3rd place. 50 Back again saw medals for Annabel & Emma (9yr) with 2nd/3rd places. And Hannah Webber (14yr) received a Gold!
On to day two, another good day….100 Breast, William (10yr) received Bronze as did Toby (11yr), whilst Ben Jones (14yr) had a tough race and just missed out to the Derventio lads with 4th place. Erin Moran (12yr) just missed 3rd place also. Ella (11yr) however, was very successful with a Gold! Then came the very tough 200 Fly the only two daring enough (must be mad!!) to take this on were Yanna and Mackenzie! Both getting Gold medals so worth the effort!! In the 50 Free we gained a number of medals with Gold going to Annabel (9yr), Silver going to Adam Kenworthy-Fahy (12yr) and Bronze to Emma (9yr) and Max (11yr). 200IM Kieran (10yr) got Gold, Annabel (9yr) Bronze and Alfie (10yr), Adam (12yr), Anna Farrow (11yr) just missing a medal with 4th ! Poor Hannah (14yr) had a goggle problem meaning she had to step down! The O’Brien sisters took the 100 Back by storm with a 2nd for Charlotte (12yr) and a 3rd for Libby (9yr), the boys also did well with Kieran (10yr) in 2nd and Alfie (10yr)/Adam (12yr) getting 3rd. And to finish on a high…. a very successful event for us the 50 Breast we had Emma (9yr)/Ella (11yr) with Golds, Annabel (9yr)/Adam (12yr)/Hannah (14yr) with Silvers, Toby & Anna (11yr)/Erin (12yr)/Ben (14yr) with Bronze and William just missing out on Bronze by 0.10!!!
The Rugby Cheer Leading team were in good voice and made themselves heard, it was a great atmosphere as the club in the main were seated together, which made the long days, not such long days for the parents! We know kids… you can’t hear us!!
And not forgetting to thank of course our supportive coaching team who did a great job! Tony, Darren & James.
Masters Swimmers travelled to the QDJC on Sunday the 20th to defend
their Midland’s Title. Master swimmers are those over 18, and in some cases in
this meet, over 70. This is a fantastic, friendly but fiercely competitive
meet, with some rivalries going back 50 or even 60 years. With 68 events,
including mixed aged based relays, the logistics is somewhat complex, two male
2 female swimmers with of total age exceeding a set figure. Warwickshire, as
ever marshalled by Team captain, Trevor Clarke, went on to retain their title
with relative ease, scoring 402 points, well clear of Notts, 352, and Derby,
302.5. We will not know the full National results until the master central
computer compares all the times form the North, East, West and South regions,
but it will be a great surprise if Warks are outside the top three.
Club, provided 5 of the victorious team, from Gleb Popov, 18 last month,
through Ross Turner, 37, Rachel Lloyd, 44, Simon Rigg 49, to Barry Davies 70.
Not many people make their county debut at 70, and Barry was a little nervous
at first, but soon got into the swing of things coming second in the second
event, despite giving 5 years away to his victor, clocking a very rapid 34.05
for 50m freestyle. Barry was also instrumental in helping the age totals in his
relays, as well as making up valuable time. Ross seemed to swim 50m
breaststroke any number of times, as he swam in the 18+ event, 25+ and 35+ and
just about every Medley relay going, as well as a freestyle relay or two, going
sub 25 for free on a couple of occasions. Rachel swam a variety of strokes and
relays in her debut, and was integral in these relays gaining very valuable
points, clocking a very quick 28.7 freestyle and possibly a lifetime best 50m
back in the medley relay in 33.96, in also her first appearance for the county.
Simon Rigg in only his second race since being out injured for 6 months, was
competitive if not on top form. Clocking 27s for freestyle when he would hope
to be doing low 26s or even high 25s in relays. Still working off one good leg,
his starts and turns were badly affected, but valuable points gained, despite
only being able to swim freestyle and not his specialist breaststroke events.
Gleb drafted in at the very last moment, showed just why he is such a force,
swimming 50m backstroke in a couple of different relays, and doing most of it
underwater, as his kick is just a sight to behold, dipping under 30 on one
occasion. All in all Rugby contributed heavily in this resounding victory for
Warwickshire, as can be seen from the picture, despite the age range, a great
team spirit was felt between the five.
In the second
round of the Arena National League (ANL) and the Leicester League, (LL) Rugby
Swimming Club had a very challenging draw, but hopes were high. The Arena team
were at home, and seemed to make home advantage count, as they came first,
having won out in a battle with Stratford Sharks that lasted all evening.
Eventually winning by 223 to 201, with Orion 3rd with 183, Leicester
Sharks 152, Warley Waspes 148, and Coalville 139. Over at Hinckley Rugby were
always up against it, being in the next lane as Nuneaton A, so the aim was to
finish second, which was nip and tuck with Nene Valley all evening, again Rugby
prevailed, as Nuneaton romped home with 316 points, Rugby 250, and NV 232.
Possibly the highlight of the LL was the whole team, up and chanting during the
last relay. An 8x1 cannon, as Kelly Doughmosh, GB Master Champion at 3km,
racing over 25m much to her own amusement, and finding it just a tad short for
her taste. As ever Ethan Fletcher led the support, as a strong Rugby team, were
undoubtedly the loudest team on show, if not always the fastest.
Rugby had 18
winners at the ANL, well clear of the next best who had 8 each. These were, the
Ladies and Gents open medley relay teams, the 9/10 girls equivalent, boys 13s
free relay, the 15s girls medley, and the Open ladies completing the double,
Harriet Troup, Lucy Ann Cunliffe, Ellen Armeson, Anna Farrow, Jess Mackenzie,
Dan Carey, Holly Cochrane, Jack Carey, Barney Dudowski, Megan Williams. Seconds
for several of the other relay teams, and Ross Turner, Maddie Haywood, Ben
Black, Jack Dolly and Erin Lloyd. These were backed up by solid thirds, for
Rhys James, standing in at the last minute, and smashing his 100m free pb, with
57.2, Rachel Lloyd, Tom Parker, Toby Marlow and the ailing Jack Carey.
The highlight of
the evening epitomises the recent rise of the club, this has to be the senior
ladies team, for several years this has been, how shall we delicately put it?,
not our strongest area. Held together by Masters swimmers and girls swimming up
in recent years. Now the girls are older, and have been joined by one or two
additions, several have now been with the club for 8 or 9 years, despite being
only 15 or 16 years old. The Medley team, of Maddie, Rachel, Holly and Megan,
were joined by Jasmine Rigg, and Ellen, to win the cannon, and thus both relays
with relative ease.
Over at Hinckley
an interesting mix of Youth and experience took on the mighty Nuneaton,
admittedly success was limited, but we did have them worried on several
occasions. The real competition was between Rugby and NV for second, and
ultimately it was Rugby’s consistency that won the day. Rugby had 6 firsts,
compared to Nuneaton’s 32, but NV only had 3, and Rugby were outside the top 4
on just 2 occasions, and as always, steady accumulation of points is the key.
Maximum points were secured by Lauren Phillips, Ben Jones, Mairead Williams,
Annabelle Crees, Erin Moran, and the girl’s 14 and under relay team. William
Stamp, Ceri House, Max Taylor, Hannah Webber, and several relay teams backing
this up with seconds, with too many thirds to mention, Rugby were solid all
evening, without a single DQ, and team spirit was superb. Club Chairman Simon
Rigg confirms that RSC have made the top 8 final for this year, in only the
fourth year in the league, and will be one of only 2, non “A” teams in the
In preparation for the AGM on the 22nd, the
committee are proposing some changes to the club rules. In line with our
rules, these must be shared with the membership at least 14 days in advance of
the meeting. The proposed changes are outlined below.
If anyone who has not already advised us that they wish to
stand for the committee or any of the three officer posts, can you please do so
by return so that the necessary preparation can be made. In addition, we
are also looking for someone to take on the post of club welfare officer as
Linda Peake will be standing down from this post.
Change the reference to membership officer to membership secretary
this is an addition to the rules. Upon becoming a member of the club, the
swimmer and parents / guardians are automatically bound by the clubs code of
This rule did state that an annual subscription in included in the monthly
fees. Change to an annual fee is payable each year alongside the monthly
fees. The membership fee is due when joining the club and ongoing on an
Change final contact my post to final contact by email
this is an addition to the rules. Upon resignation from the club, any
annual trophies or other club goods must be returned to the club on the date of
Change to where possible, all deposits and payments will be made by bank transfer.
All payments are submitted by the treasurer and authorised for payment by
either the Chairman or Secretary. Remove all references to cheque
Following much debate over the supplier of our club kit, we have made the decision to move supplier. This is now up and running via a company called LISS Sport.
All club kit can be ordered online, we won’t be holding any stock as a club. The link can be found on our club website.
Please make sure you select speed rather than synchro as the logo’s are different.
We have the following items available to order :
Green Pool side t-shirt – you can personalise this on the back with a name
(please keep it clean !!)
We will also be looking at additional pieces of club kit, so if there is something you would like us to consider, please let us know. If we feel there will be enough interest then we will see if we can stock. We have already been looking at adding towels into the kit
When you are selected to represent the club you are required as a minimum to have a green poolside t-shirt. If you have the old style, there is no need to purchase new kit until it is time to replace. But remember, club kit makes a great Christmas present !!
We have some sample pieces that you can look at for sizes but as a general rule – they are pretty true to normal shop sizes
Link to the website is :
Could all swimmers fill out the target sheet for the upcoming season.
Could you please email them back to email@example.com when they are filled out. Also you can have a chat to your squad coach.
Deadline for submission is 18th September please.
Gone are the days when Rugby swimmers shied away from swimming in a long course event, as Rugby took a team of over 30 swimmers to Coventry for the end of season Open meet. This was on the friendly end of the scale with the Coventry's big guns, not needing long course times, as they swim here all the time, not competing. Rugby on the other hand swim long course only a few times a year, and the acclimatisation is vital for the younger swimmers (and parents), to the hugely different 50m pool. The all-time long course rankings now have many, many new names, and times all from this weekend, some ranking at the very top of all time for RSC. As always I will fail to make a long list of names a places interesting, but it is the thought that counts.
Stars of the weekend for Rugby were Ladies club captain Megan Williams, who had a proverbial field day, where she won Golds in 100m Fly, 100m free, 200m fly, 200m free, 50m free, and 2nd in 50m fly, Megan also won Overall Age Group Trophy. Matched by Max Taylor, Golds in the 100 free, 50 fly, 50 back, 200 IM, 50 breast, Silver: 200 free, 50 free and Bronze: 400m free, Max is checking on the top swimmer award, as the system suggested he came top. Anna Farrow won the Gold in 50m butterfly - 11 yr old girls, Annabel Crees won a silver in the 9 years girls 50m freestyle, William stamp got a silver in 50 breaststroke, Max Green,1st - 50 fly (gold), 2nd - 50 free (silver),3rd - 100 free (bronze), Ella won a bronze in the 10year 200BR.
The Carey brothers were on form again, Jack, having just moved up in the 15 and over, with the “big boys” including a returning GB international form Coventry was, 3rd in 100 free, 3rd in 200 free, 3rd in 100 fly and 3rd in 50 fly. Dan was, 1st in 100 free, 3rd in 50 fly and 2nd in 200 free. Erin Lloyd, Gold 10 year 50m freestyle, Gold 10 year 100m backstroke, Silver 10 year 400m freestyle, Lana Reese Wilson-Shrubb, 12 year girls age group, won gold in 50 back not only winning 1st place in this event but being placed 3rd overall throughout all the age groups massive achievement with a time of 36:03, Silver in the 50 free 32:83, Silver in the 100m back 1:19.22, the O’Brien sisters also won a variety of medals, Libby was successful in the 9yrs age group with, 50m Backstroke, Silver, 50m Butterfly, Silver, 50m Freestyle, Bronze, and Charlotte was successful in the 12yrs age group with, 200m Backstroke, Silver, 50m Freestyle, Bronze. Tom Tyler took a 3rd place 400 FS, just missing a magical barrier by a finger nail, in a time of 6:00.07. Kieran Jarvis won 3 silver medals in 9 years, 200 free, 50 back 50 free. Luke Ansp0kes, Silver x2 in 13 yrs 100m free & 50 fly.
Continuing on the family these, Ben and Emma Jones also has successes, Ben Jones, Bronze - 100m BR, Silver - 200m BR, Bronze - 400m FR and Emma, Silver - 50m BR, from Emma who just qualifies at 9, to the upper age group, Abbie Dolly had a great weekend, Abbie won Gold - 400m IM, Gold - 50m Fly, Bronze - 100m Fly. So too did Luie Gilroy who won 3 x Golds in the 200m FS, 200Br and 200Back (He really likes 200m!). And somewhere in the middle, Mackenzie Patchett –Smyth, won silver in the 400m free for 12s.
So a great weekend for all, if a little long, with the Mercian League final Saturday evening, for which there will be a separate report
Well done to all our competitors at todays Midland championships (East and West) that was held at Bosworth Water.
First up was Abbie in a 5K (Yes 5 x 1K laps) in a rather chilly 16.8 degrees. With no wetsuits.
Next was Rhys, Maddie and Kelly in the 3K event. They all went off in a splash of white water for the first buoy. Then things settled down with our swimmers coming in the following order. Rhys 3rd in U16 in time of 34.05 (Bronze Medal). Kelly in a time of 34.40 which was the gold in her age group. Then Maddie who was 5th U16 home but second West Mids swimmer in a time of 36.17. This means all are eligible for Nationals at Rotheram in a couple of weeks time.
Finally Rachel set off with a flurry of younger women swimmers. Again a strong swim saw her come home in a 20.02 for 1.5K and Gold for age group and over 19s.
Well done to all in representing the club so well. Ably supported by the coaching advise of Tony on the day.
Please see latest competition tab entries and note closing dates for club entries by 28th July.
Welcome to the new Website provided by SwimWeb.
Were still learning all of the features and functions so over the next few weeks we will hold briefing sessions for both committee /coaches and parents.
We will be able to register swimmers for meets and team selections for Galas shortly but more of that to follow.
Hope you like the new look. We welcome any feedback.
Regards RSC Committee
Entries are now open for Rugby Open 2017.
Rugby Open Meet 2017 Info Packv4.pdf
Sportsystems Entry File:
Details below on how full each session is. Updated 7/12/16.
Session 1 - 47% full
Session 2 - 63% full
Session 3 - 49% full
Session 4 - 49% full
Session 5 - 51% full
Bored on a Sunday afternoon? Then pop down to the QDJC at 14.30 this Sunday, the 20th to watch the finest Masters in the Midlands. Warwickshire aiming to retain their crown and push for the National Title, 2nd last year. RSC has Simon, Ross, Rachel, Gleb, all you will know, but also Barry Davies, in the 65+, along with Elaine Bromwich, who was RSC's coach during the 70s and 80s. Mr C
RSC Christmas Party
This years Christmas Party is on Sunday 11th December. The Christmas Party is open to all swimmers. The agenda is: 4-6 is Normal Training / 6-6.30 Pizza and Drinks in the Sports Hall then 6.30-8.30 Bouncemainia.
(Gladiators,Sumos, Bouncy Castle + 1 New Item)
£5 per swimmer, please see Devesh or Vicky
We have made the top 8 in the Leicester League, so will be in the Grand final for the first time. Details to follow. Well done all.
Following such success at the Weekend in both the Arena and Leicester league, we will be having a team photo this evening, before training, so please arrive early with club T-shirt.
New planner released on the Competition tab please have a look! UPDATED 11/11/16
This will be held at Rugby School Sports Centre 22nd November @7:30 in the Café.
Its important that all voting members attend.
Results from all sessions now available on the competition page.
Thanks to all parents and officials for their help.
Updated membership, medical, joining and payment forms along with permission to walk home forms have been added to the downloads page. Please have a look and fill out if necessary especially medical and payments forms.
Thanks to all for input and help getting the new website up and running.
Especially Stuart@SwimWeb who is chief architect of all you see here.
Well we're up and running but we could do with some good RSC swimming photos.
I know we all love him but Ross is not the only swimmer we have so we need some pictures new and old if we can.
Competition submissions by end of May please so we can really make full use of this new facility. We will think of a good prize and award a winner after that date.
RSC Website Team