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Rugby Swimming Clubs Matthew , Anna and Dan make the 2019 English Nationals


Rugby Swimming Clubs talented trio Matthew Seaton, Anna Farrow, and Dan Carey made the trip North to Sheffield this month to swim in the prestigious English Nationals at Ponds Forge.
This would be early starts for the heats and long days for those making the finals but was just reward for the dedication of Matthew and Dan making it a second year and the emerging talent of Anna making her debut at the event this season.
Matthew was returning  to the Nationals, to swim the same event he did last year, the 200 back. Despite falling short of his personal best time, he swam 2:16.96 ranking him  15th after the heat swim, 3 places better than he had entered.  Swimming in the tough 17 year old category, Matthew felt it was a strong way to finish off the season.
On Sunday, Anna swam in the 50m butterfly having secured a place with a qualification time of 30.38s in 15th position.  Despite a slow reaction time at the start, Anna swam well with a PB of 30.30s, narrowly missing out on a place in the final by 0.05s, finishing 11th overall.  She was pleased to have improved on her entry position and time, and gained valuable experience of competing at the national level. The race was a great end to a very successful season for Anna.
Dan swam 50 Free on Wednesday with a storming time of 25.27 to take an unexpected place in the  final in 8th place. Friday saw him  returning to his favoured back stroke events. In the 50m distance Dan recorded a PB of 28.57 to take 4th in the heats, so high hopes in the late afternoon finals. However, after recording another PB of 28.54 he just missed the medals  in 4th place.  Saturday saw Dan swim 100m back in 1:02.26 again making the final in 8th but after ta poor start he could not improve his placing in the final,  despite an improved time of 1:01.96. Dan’s last chance was to come over 200m, where he went out fast and held on to make the final in another PB of 2:16.97 in 9th. Another PB in the final of 2:16.80 saw him finish the meet in 9th. He was disappointed to have missed out on a  medal but to reach 4 finals was great end of season for Dan.
Finally special thanks from swimmers and parents to Rugby’s  Lead Coach  Lucas Gregory who has nurtured and coached this talent group to success at National Level. Lets see Rugby Swimmers at the Nationals again next year and good luck to all swimmers for the next season.


Competition Calendar
The Competition Calendar below has been updated and now includes events up to the end of December.  Please note the change to the Club Open Sprints which was due to take place at the end of September but is now on 7th December and Summer Shutdown is Mon 12th Aug till Mon 26th Aug inclusive (all training sessions cancelled).

RSC 2019 Competition Calendar Jun 19.xlsx

Train to Coach

Train to be a coach - We're always looking for volunteers to support our fantastic coaching team and there's a great upcoming opportunity in Coventry during August and September to train to become an assistant swimming coach - see attached flyer.  You don't need to commit to coaching at sessions every week but it would be great if we could have a pool of parents qualified to coach and support on an ad-hoc basis.  Please let me know in the first instance if you're interested so we can gauge numbers.


Many thanks


Midlands Masters
Whilst 49 swimmers from the younger end of the club were competing at the Coventry and District Secondaries, 8 of our older swimmers were competing at the Midlands Masters Championships. There was a lot of experience in the pool, and with competitors ages ranging from 18 to 79 there was a wide variety of speeds through the water.
Rugby swimmers had a successful meet Barry Davies won 4 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze, Ben Cunliffe won 2 silvers and 1 bronze, Derek Lindsay won 1 bronze, Devesh Chohan won 2 golds and 1 silver, Helen Brittain won 1 gold and 2 silvers, Rachel Lloyd won 6 golds and 1 silver, Ross Turner won 2 golds and 2 silvers and Simon Rigg won 1 silver and 2 bronzes.
Well done to all the swimmers competing!
West Midlands Weekend 2
Weekend 2 of the West Midland Championships came around all too quickly with only 4 days off in between. This weekend we had 13 swimmers competing 19 swims. Well done to all who swam, there were 7 final spots gained this week with a silver medal in the 100m backstroke going to Dan Carey, and 2 silver medals to Erin Lloyd in the 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle. The other finalists gained fifth and seventh places.
Over the 2 weekends we had a total of 19 swimmers taking part who all did some amazing swimming. Congratulations to Charlotte O’Brien, Ellen Armeson, Erin Moran, Harriet Troup, Holly Cochrane, Lucy Matthews, Lucy-Ann Cunliffe, Luke Anspoks, Pippa Smith and William Gower. We had nine swimmers who made it into finals; Anna Farrow, Barney Dudkowsky, Dan Carey, Devesh Chohan, Erin Lloyd, Jack Carey, Jess Mackenzie, Matthew Seaton and Morgan Brand.

West Midlands Weekend 1
Well done to the 17 Rugby swimmers who competed in 48 swims this weekend at the West Midlands Championships.
There were 23 finalists which is an amazing 48% conversion rate!
Well done to Erin Lloyd, who won two silver medals in the 200m backstroke and 50m freestyle, and Dan Carey, who won bronze in the 50m backstroke.
Stats from the other finalists - 6 fourth placed swimmers, 3 in fifth, 4 in sixth, 2 in seventh and 5 in eighth.
Plus many more fantastic swims, including those competing at regional level for the first time - well done all!
Good luck swimmers for weekend 2, swim well and let’s hope for some more medals!

GB Deaf Swimming National gala

Well done to Charlotte Gower who won 2 silver medals at this weekend's GB Deaf Swimming National Gala in Loughborough this weekend.  Great swimming Charlotte!

Warwickshire's success and team photo
One of the highlights of last weekend - the fantastic men's  4 x 100 Open Relay Gold medal winning team - well done all.
So much great swimming last weekend, not just medal winners but loads of swimmers achieving PBs and competing at the Warwickshire’s for the first time.  You should all be very proud of yourselves.
We'd like to get a photo of all Counties swimmers and thought the best opportunity to do this would be at 6pm during training tomorrow evening.  Please bring along your new club shirts.
Many thanks

Jack Carey selected for National County Finals

Sunday October 7th  2018 was the day of the National Intercounty Championship at Ponds Forge International Swimming Pool at the Steel City of Sheffield.
This year again saw Rugby’s Jack Carey Selected ahead of all the other swimmers in Warwickshire to swim freestyle in the 16/17 year age group.  An early start on the team coach from Coventry awaited Jack when he would again meet up with this elite group of swimmers from across the county selected as the Warwickshire Team.
For those of you who don’t know, this event is made up of 39 teams across England Scotland and Wales, split into 2 Divisions. Warwickshire are currently in Division  2 and finished 8th last year. They have been champions once in 1974 and last tasted success in 2013 as Division 2 Champions.
After Saturday's run out in the Cov and Districts open meet butterfly with a 2 second PB of 1:00.53. Jack swam his favoured event 100 free on Sunday in Sheffield with a time of 54.55, a PB, beating his entered time of 54.94 by 0.39.
He then went on to add his expertise swimming freestyle in the relay leg for the team.
Warwickshire finished the day in 11th place out of the 17 teams in Division 2, so unfortunately not high enough for promotion.
Jack will be too old for this event next year so thanks for Warwickshire giving him the opportunity and experience  to swim for them. Thanks to the coaching team and management team and all the hours and commitment
put in for the Warwickshire cause.
And lastly thanks to the Rugby Coaching  team past and present for their support and training to give Jack his opportunity to be selected to represent Warwickshire.

Inter-county gala

Jess Mackenzie and Erin Lloyd (pictured) were honoured to be selected to represent Warwickshire at the Bedfordshire InterCounty Gala held on Sunday at Luton. Warwickshire swam well to finish 3rd of the 8 counties behind Suffolk and Essex. Well done, girls!

RSC swimmers at English Nationals

Rugby Swimming Club were proud to have two of their senior male swimmers, Matt Seaton and Dan Carey, at the English Nationals between 2nd to 4th August at Sheffield’s Pond Forge International Swimming Pool. Qualification for the prestigious National event can only be described as every competitive swimmer’s dream. During the week of competition, the top 20 in England fight it out to be best in their age group, and whilst Matt and Dan are experienced at Regional level this would be a new arena to test their skills and nerves.
Both boys are home grown talent having progressed through the ranks since Juniors.  They have played a key role in Rugby Swimming Club’s recent promotions and successes in the National Arena League, which competes with  larger rival midland clubs.   Here though they were representing the club to earn individual honours at National level.
First up on Thursday was Warwickshire Junior backstroke champion Dan Carey in 50m backstroke. His qualifying time of 29.53s ranked him 3rd best swimmer. After being placed even higher before the end of the qualifying window, and at times sufficiently high to qualify for the British Nationals competition, hopes were high.  Dan’s start was not great and even after pushing hard he could not quite recover to make the finals. His time of  29.60s placed him outside the final . A bitter pill considering his PB would have got him a ticket to the final. Dan still had another chance the next day for the 100m backstroke so fingers were crossed.
Dan’s meteoric rise this season has come after suffering a broken arm early in the season, which with recovery and expert coaching, has seen him reaching the top times in the country for under 15’s backstroke.
Friday saw Dan racing again but in his less preferred 100m backstroke. After a great start in his heat it was looking good, but the first 50m was not up to the level he needed and left him too much to do to make the final. He finished 11th, one place away from qualifying for the final in 1:03.90s after qualifying in 1:03.50s.
Saturday saw Matt Seaton, Junior Midlands Winter Meet 200 back champion, go in his preferred 200m backstroke.  He secured his place early in the qualifying window with some storming performances.  A qualification time of 2:17.55s placed him 14th best, entering the competition.  On the day, he swam 2:18.28s, coming 11th overall.  Though narrowly missing the final by 0.1s, Matt was pleased to improve on his entry position.
Head Coach Lucas Gregory, who has supported the boys with his experience from being a top class youth swimmer, is proud of the clubs achievements in developing  two male backstrokers to National level.  He commented “ I am sure both boys have learnt from this and this has demonstrated what can be achieved with work and commitment to all the younger swimmers at the club. I hope we see them here again next year going one better making the finals”.

West Midland Swimming Championships 2018: Weekend 2

Following the success of last week, Rugby Swimming Club’s swimmers were back in action at the West Midland Championships over the Bank Holiday weekend.  There were superb performances in the water and great team support on poolside.  Over the course of the three days, RSC was represented 19 times in finals, obtaining 6 medals (adding to the 2 medals from last weekend).

Once again, Matthew Seaton and Dan Carey were outstanding in the backstroke events, with Matthew taking two silvers in the 50m (30.21) and 200m (2:17.73) in the 16 years age group and Dan (15 years age group) gaining a silver in the 50m (30.05) and a bronze in the 200m (2:20.34). Both boys are now in the running for national qualification.

Continuing the medal success, Erin Lloyd (11/12) placed 2nd in the 200m backstroke (2:41.07) in a thrilling final, and 3rd in the 50m backstroke (35.23). Her performances show that national qualification is well within reach next year - once she reaches the required age.

In the 17/over backstroke events, Jack Carey secured 5th place in the 50m final; Ellen Armeson and Maddie Haywood qualified for the final in the 50m and 200m respectively. Jess Mackenzie (14) also performed well in the backstroke, qualifying for both the 50m and 200m finals.

However, there was not just backstroke success over the weekend; in the butterfly events, Jack Carey (17/over) placed 4th in the 50m final whilst Anna Farrow (13) and Luke Anspoks (16) added to the list of RSC finalists, with appearances in both the 50m and 100m butterfly finals.

The freestyle events added more success with Erin Lloyd (11/12) placing 5th in the 50m freestyle final and Matthew Seaton (16) qualifying for both the 50m and 200m finals.

To qualify for these championships is a huge achievement – congratulations to Toby Marlow and Harriet Troup (13), Charlotte O’Brien (14), Lucy-Ann Cunliffe, Eloise Gray and Barney Dudkowsky (15), and Holly Cochrane and Devesh Chohan (17/over) who all represented the club brilliantly.

Thanks again to Lucas Gregory (Lead Coach) for his support throughout the whole weekend.

West Midland Swimming Championships 2018: Weekend 1

This weekend saw the start of the West Midland Swimming Championships (held in Coventry), with 9 of the 17 qualifying swimmers from Rugby Swimming Club taking to the pool. Despite the tough competition that exists at this level, with over 50 clubs represented from across the region, RSC brought home 2 medals and secured 5 other places in finals.

Matthew Seaton took silver in the 100m backstroke in the 16 years age group with a time of 1:04.35, whilst in the same event, Dan Carey placed 3rd with a time of 1:05.28 (15 years age group).

There were also very strong performances in the girls 100m backstroke with Erin Lloyd (11/12) and Maddie Haywood (17/over) placing 4th and 5th in their finals – Erin narrowly missing out on a medal by a couple tenths of a second.

In the 100m freestyle, Jack Carey (17/over), Jess Mackenzie (14) and Erin Lloyd (11/12) all qualified for the final adding to Rugby’s success in the backstroke events.

Holly Cochrane (17/over), Luke Anspoks (16) and Anna Farrow (13) each missed out on qualification for finals; however, are all back to compete next weekend in their more favoured events.

Overall, a very strong start to this year’s regional championships campaign which will hopefully be continued next weekend when all 17 qualifying swimmers will be competing.  Finally, thanks to Lucas Gregory (Lead Coach) for all his support over the weekend and leading up to these championships.


Morning all

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Summer Nationals 2017



Congratulations to Jess Mackenzie, Holly Cochrane and Lucas Williams, who have all qualified for the Summer Nationals at Ponds Forge in Sheffield this weekend. The three of them are picture in their commemorative T-shirts along with Head Coach, James Dyer, without who this would not have been possible.

RSC has not had 3 swimmers at the same Nationals for many years, if ever, so a huge achievement by all.

Holly has qualified for the 200m backstroke, despite never having swum the event before this year, and she has improved with every swim, smashing the time required at the Midlands Champs earlier this year. Lucas is also competing in the same event, and goes into the race as the fastest qualifier, though a recent illness has curtailed his training in recent weeks, Hopefully it won't effect him too greatly, and he can still swim to his huge potential.

Jess has qualified for the 100m freestyle, the Blue Ribband event, and she is the first swimmer from the club to do so, since her sister, Kate, several years ago. To put it into contest, Jess is currently the fastest female swimmer at the club, and she is only 12. She goes into the champs as 17th fastest qualifier, but she is in a 12/13 age group, so will be in the same one next year.

I am sure you will join me in wishing them all well at the weekend

Midlands 2017


The West Midland Championships has taken place over the last 2 weekends at Coventry Sports Centre.  Rugby had 20 swimmers enter the meet.  A total of 67 races were entered. 12 swimmers made finals and 32 races were swam in the finals.  A total of 12 medals were won by the following seven swimmers:

Matthew Seaton-  15 year age group 100 Back Silver and 200 Back Bronze 

Lucas Williams- 17/over age group 50 Back Silver, 100 and 200 Back Gold

Holly Cochrane- 16 year age group 100 and 200 Back Gold

Maddie Haywood- 17yr/over age group 200 Back Silver

Ellen Armeson- 16 year age group 50 Back Bronze

Jack Carey- 16 year age group50 Free Silver and 100 Free Bronze

Jessica Mackenzie- 13 year age group 50 Free Bronze

Well done to all swimmers for an excellent performance. 


Club of the Year Award

Just in case you missed this when first announced. RSC won the coveted "Club of the Year" award at the Rugby Borough Council annual awards.


This is a whole club award for both Speed and Synchro sections of the club, as a recognition of all our success in and out of the pool in 2016.


So well done to all, young and old, swimmers, helpers, parents, coaches, officials, team managers, club captains, and committee.





Long course training - Saturday 28th September
We would like to offer a 50m training session to Performance, Junior Performance, Age Group, Juniors and Development 3 at Coventry Leisure Centre on Saturday 28th September, 11am-1pm.
The Club will fund the majority of this training but we would like to ask parents to contribute a nominal fee of £3 per swimmer to help towards the cost of theadditional pool hire.
Normal Saturday morning training will still take place but the swim will focus on starts and turns and land training will be stretching-based so swimmers should not be too tired before the 50m training.  There will be no run this Saturday.
If you are interested please email me at headcoach@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk asap so that we can confirm numbers.
Many thanks
Team call for Autumn Leagues
Please find attached team calls for Round 1 of the 2 leagues that we are taking part in this Autumn - the Arena League and the Leicester League.
Teams calls will normally be posted on the noticeboard at RSSC for you to tick availability but the Sports Centre have told us that they are awaiting the arrival of the new noticeboard.
In the meantime please can you notify coaches of your availability.
Many thanks

Arena League R1 2019 - Team Call.pdf

Leicester Autumn League R1 2019 - Team Call.pdf


Open Meets/Leagues etc
Parents of Development swimmers will already have received an invite to a meet and greet session this Sunday afternoon (3.30 - 4.30pm in the play park next to QDJC) to talk through aims and expectations and to provide information on open meets, league meets, kit etc.
I would like to run a similar session for parents of Juniors and Age Group swimmers on the balcony at QDJC between 4.45 and 5.30.
Hope to see you there.
Named hats
If anyone would like to order a named hat for £8.50 please email Karen at developmentadmin@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk asap.
Many thanks
C&D Primaries Accepted Entries
Please see message below and attachments from Coventry & District regarding accepted and rejected entries for the forthcoming Primaries:
Attached is a letter regarding the Coventry & District Primary Galas being held on 6/13 and 14 October. Please read the letter carefully, particularly the section regarding the 800m and 1500m events.  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Also attached is your Club’s list of accepted entries.  The list of any rejections, should your Club have any, is contained in the letter.
Delia M Reynolds
Coventry & District Association

Accepted Entries Rugby.xlsx

Letter to Clubs Primaries Rugby.docx

Club Sprints Information Pack
Dear all
Please find attached the information pack for our Club Sprints event on Saturday 7th December at QDJC.  This is open to all swimmers aged 9 or over on the day and is a great chance for your swimmers to compete over the shorter distances and to gain County qualifying times in the 50m events and the 100IM.
It is open to other Clubs this season but we're giving Rugby swimmers a chance to get their entries in first so please send you entries to Sandra as detailed in the pack by 28th September.  It will then be opened to other Clubs.
If you have any queries please don't hesitate to ask your coach.
Many thanks, Louise

Rugby Club Sprints 2019 Information Pack Internal (FINAL).docx

Presentations from Parents Information Evening

Dear all

Please find attached the presentations from the Information Evening held earlier this month.  Please note that the updated Competition Calendar will be circulated separately as this is just being finalised.



RSC Presentation Age Group, Junior Performance, Performance and Master - Sep 19.pdf

RSC Presentation Development and Juniors.pdf

Well done Junior League swimmers!
Rugby has finished 2nd in the Division 2 final.
Well done to all today who competed - we couldn’t have done any better.
We have been promoted to Division 1 next year and also won a trophy for the Boys 8x1 cannon and shields for the Boys 10 year Medley relay and Girls 9 year free relay.
Thanks to everyone for their fantastic support.
Land Training for Junior Performance
We're pleased to confirm that we will be opening up Wednesday evening land training for Junior Performance from Wednesday 18th September - 6.15pm at Rugby School.
Swimming drop off
Dear Parents/Carers,
Rugby School gym staff have raised concerns about some children arriving unaccompanied for training sessions. Please may I remind all parents/carers that children remain your responsibility until they are on poolside with the coaches. Rugby School do not have specific guidance on this for external hire, however for their own swimming lessons they request that children under 12 should have a carer/parent present throughout the lesson. We understand that this is not always possible and do keep contact numbers on poolside in case of emergency. As soon as the child leaves poolside responsibility falls back to the parent/carer. This guidance is the same for QDJC and Bilton Grange pools.
Rugby School staff will keep us informed of any children that they have concerns about. Many thanks for your understanding with this matter
Best wishes
Nick Gower (Welfare Officer)  
Warwickshire Championships 2020

Dear all
Please find attached information and qualifying times for the 2020 Warwickshire Championships.
Further details about how to enter will be provided closer to the time.


Schedule of Events.pdf

WC General Conditions, V-3.pdf

warwickshire champs 2020 promoters conditions.pdf

Named hats and Junior League tickets
Just a quick update on a couple of things:
Named hats have arrived and can be collected from Karen Matthews.  Karen will be managing hat orders from now on and can be contacted at developmentadmin@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk  New orders should be made by adding your swimmer's name to the list on the RSSC noticeboard (which we expect to return shortly!) 
Thanks very much
Saturday morning training
Following on from the information evening earlier this week, we'd just like to confirm that after land training on Saturday mornings from now on there will be a run out from QDJC between 8.30 and 9.15am.  Parents are very welcome to join swimmers and coaches on this sociable run.  If possible, swimmers should run even if they don't have a parent with them.
Thank you
Development Facebook page

Just a reminder for new and existing parents of Development swimmers to like the Development Squad Facebook page.

This is a closed group and is a great place to share information or ask questions.


QDJC access on Saturday mornings
Please can any swimmers training on Saturday mornings ensure that they arrive at QDJC before 6am as centre staff need to lock the doors between 6am and 6.30 whilst they prepare to open to the public.
Anyone arriving after 6am won't be able to gain admission until 6.30am.
Many thanks for your co-operation.


Hi all


A note form Abbie Dolly, might be of interest.


Just to let you know we as a family do engraving as part of a business so we are offering a discounted price to members of the club who ever want trophies engraving. It’s £5 for the plaque plus 2 lines of text included.

If you could let people know as I know from experience how expensive it is when you have more than one trophy to engrave.

If they do want one they can contact me






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Photo Permission

Hi there!


Just a quick request....

With the increasing success of the club we are finding ourselves recording our successes with a quick snap shot. Therefore, can I please ask that if there is anyone who would prefer their child/children not to be photographed for our own purposes or newspaper reports etc. or to be shown on our social media sites would you please email me at secretary@rugbyswimmingclub.co.uk so that it can be recorded and ensure we adhere to your request.

Thankyou everyone