Dec19:Whittle excels at Canadian International Meet
10 British swimmers travelled to Canada last week for the Ontario Junior International, including Derventio Excel’s Jacob Whittle.
15-year-old Jacob had an outstanding meet at the Pan Am Aquatics Centre in Toronto. He broke the British Swimming junior short course record twice in one day for 50m freestyle, winning a bronze medal, and swam personal best times in 200m freestyle and 50m butterfly.
He broke his own 100m freestyle British Swimming junior short course record twice posting 48.7 seconds in the heat and 48.29 seconds in the final to take a bronze medal.
The team were in fine form, picking up 25 medals in all. For Jacob, it was a valuable learning experience, competing on an International stage at such a young age will stand him in very good stead for the future.
Dec19:Tokyo Swimming Experience for DX
Derventio Excel Head Coach Jamie Main and swimmer Mia Slevin headed out to Fuji, Japan for a National Development Youth camp, facilitated by the Japanese Swimming Federation.
Six British swimmers made the journey, for a 10 day block of training and development. They also visited the new Tokyo Aquatics Centre, which will host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games.
It was an amazing and unforgettable experience for Jamie and Mia, who thoroughly enjoyed the experience of swim coaching and training in this amazing country.
Dec19:Swim England National Winter Championships
The Swim England National Winter Championships were held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield from 5th-8th December 2019. This was at the end of the short course swimming season, and was the biggest English swimming meet of the winter with nearly 800 competitors from 165 clubs.
Jacob Whittle (15) competed in 9 events, qualifying for six finals. He won a silver medal in the 50m freestyle in a time of 22.88 seconds and picked up a bronze medal in the 100m individual medley in a new British Swimming junior short course record time of 56.62 seconds. He was 8th in the senior 100m freestyle, posting a time of 49.14, having set a new British Swimming junior short course record of 49.05 seconds in the heats. He swam 1.49.68 in the 200m freestyle finishing 5th – the first time Jacob had swum under 1.50 for this event. These achievements are even more impressive given that the youth group is up to 18 years of age, and to be making youth and senior finals as a 15-year-old is exceptional.
14-year-old Amber Downham has recently joined DX from Chesterfield Swimming Club. She had a great meet, winning a gold medal in the 100m individual medley youth final in a huge personal best time of 1.03.83 seconds. She also made the youth 200m freestyle final with another personal best time of 2.02.67, finishing 5th. Again, to be competing in finals at such a young age is a huge achievement, and shows she is one to watch for the future!
Mia Slevin competed in 4 events: 50m backstroke (swimming a personal best time of 29.54 seconds), 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 400m freestyle, where she finished in 5th place in a time of 4.13.07
Josh Pemberton competed in 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke, finishing 15th in the latter event.
21-year-old Georgie Pryor’s home club is Harlow Penguins, but while she is attending Trent University, she has been training with Derventio Excel. She won a bronze medal in the 50m butterfly, in a time of 26.81 which was a huge personal best. She also competed in 100m butterfly, finishing 5th in a time of 59.35 seconds.
Josh Harris swam a personal best in the 200m butterfly, posting a time of 2.06.09.
Other DX swimmers at Winter Nationals were Amy Mead (who competed in the 50m breaststroke and 100m individual medley), and Bradley Evans who qualified for the 100m freestyle. Both gained valuable race experience over the course of this meet.
Congratulations to you all, and of course the Derventio Excel coaches for all your hard work with these exceptional swimmers.
Nov19:Period Tracking Tech Supported By DX
DX Head Coach Jamie Main and top swimmer Mia Slevin were featured by the BBC recently, as they are championing the use of technology for period tracking. The FitrWoman app enables women to track their periods, report symptoms, log training activity and access nutrition and physiology support during each phase of their cycle.
It is used by top sportswomen, and the use of these Apps was highlighted by the US women’s football team when they won the World Cup in July 2019. Female athletes have started talking about how this periods/cycles affect performance, such as Heather Watson in the 2015 Australian Open and athlete Eilish McColgan, who both had problems with their performance and injuries which they attributed to their phase of their cycle.
The menstrual cycle has long been seen as a barrier to training and performance, but this technology helps use hormone fluctuations to be more specific and precise about the training a female athlete does.
Jamie Main started using the coaching app early in 2019. This shares athletes’ profiles (with their consent of course) so he can monitor them and plan ahead. He was interviewed by the BBC in September, who also ran a feature about him and Mia’s use of the training app.
Jamie commented (in a BBC interview with reporter Nicola Smith) ‘Straight away, it normalised the conversations between myself and the athletes. It broke the false taboo on the subject. We could be pro-active in adapting high intensity sessions when it didn’t fit their cycle. There’s also points in a cycle where there’s higher chances of injury – increased awareness of this allowed us to build in more recovery work and progressive warm ups.’
The app also shows Jamie when an athlete’s cycle training intensity can be increased with back to back tough sessions.
Mia Slevin, a European junior medallist and four time British Champion, says that the app ‘tells me which foods are important to eat at certain times, without tracking my cycles I wouldn’t know this’.
For example, at times the blood sugar level of an athlete may be unstable, so the FitrWoman app will advise including protein at each meal, and having snacks with complex carbohydrates.
Jamie and Mia were also featured on East Midlands today, who filmed the pair in training at Queens Leisure Centre on 26th September 2019, to again highlight the benefits of period tracking for female athletes.
Aug19:Summer British Nationals Success
British Summer Nationals were held in Glasgow from 23-28th July 2019, and saw eleven DX swimmers in action, having qualified as the top 24 in the country for the events in their age group.
With star swimmer Jacob Whittle away at the European Youth Olympic Festival, it was down to the other stars at Derventio Excel to show what they could do in Glasgow, and they all had a superb meet.
Mia Slevin (DX and Etwall Eagles) had a very successful Championships, winning two gold medals. She qualified second fastest into the 200m freestyle final, but went one better in the final to touch the wall first in 2.01.90. She repeated this success in the 400m freestyle, clocking an impressive 4.15.12 for another gold. She also competed in the 100m freestyle, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal, finishing fourth in 57.94, and also swam in the 50m butterfly.
Ryan Reader (21) (DX and Long Eaton) made his last appearance for DX, as he heads off after the summer to study veterinary medicine at the University of Nottingham. He went out in style, competing in the 200m freestyle final (coming 7th) and the 400m freestyle final, finishing 9th in 4.03.91. Congratulations Ryan on a glittering swimming career, enjoy university!
Amy Mead (DX/Buxton) joined DX in November 2018, and has been concentrating on breaststroke over the past 8 months. She swam a great Championships, clocking 34.03s in the 50m breaststroke to finish 16th. She also qualified for the 100m breaststroke, finishing in a creditable 20th place.
Fifteen-year-old Mya Watt (DX/Etwall) made her debut at these National Championships, competing in four freestyle events with 2 top 10 finishes in the 800m and 1500m freestyle. She also swam in the 200m freestyle and 400m freestyle, finishing in 11th and 17th place respectively. Mya’s progress has been very pleasing over the past season, and there is much more to come from this talented swimmer.
Toby Arnold (DX/Etwall Eagles) swam in three breaststroke events, making the final of the 200m breaststroke, a great achievement. He went on to finish in a very respectable 13th place in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1.06.16. He also swam the 50m breaststroke, coming 14th.
Josh Pemberton (DX/Ripley) swam in the 200m breaststroke, finishing in 13th place.
There were a number of DX swimmers making their debut at this meet:
Poppy Mead (DX/Derby Phoenix) 200m fly (finishing in 19th)
Connor Thorpe (DX/Eckington) 400m individual medley (17th), and 200m freestyle (19th)
Bradley Evans (DX/Long Eaton) 100 freestyle (18th), and 200 freestyle (22nd)
Ben Fitzhugh (DX/Derby Phoenix) 100 freestyle (22nd)
Beth RaeMcLean (DX/Long Eaton) 400m freestyle (20th)
Aug19:More DX Success At English Nationals
Seventeen Derventio Excel swimmers competed at the English National championships at Ponds Forge from 31st to 4th August 2019, and had some very impressive results.
Leading the way was Ryan Huddart (DX/Rykneld) who was crowned English Champion in the 800m freestyle and 1500m freestyle events. Ryan is coached by Carla Bickerstaffe in our North squad, as well as winning gold in these events, Ryan also finished 4th in 400m freestyle and 9th in 400m individual medley, to round off the season in style.
Joshua Pemberton (DX/Ripley) won silver in the 100m breaststroke, in a time of 1.04.64 and a bronze in the 50m breaststroke in 29.71, again a strong end to the season.
Ryan Reader swam for the last time as a DX swimmer winning a silver medal in the 100m freestyle in 51.61. 21-year-old Ryan is retiring from swimming and starting at Nottingham University studying veterinary medicine – we all wish him well in his studies and thank him for his fantastic contribution to Derbyshire swimming over the years, in a successful swimming career starting at City of Derby, then DX/Long Eaton.
Connor Thorpe (DX/Eckington) was making his debut at a National event, qualifying for five events and making finals in three of them. He finished 6th in 200m individual medley, 6th in 400m freestyle in a personal best time, and 8th in 100m freestyle, and also came 12th in 200m backstroke and 14th in 50m freestyle. Connor’s progress since joining DX North and training under coach Carla Bickerstaffe has been rapid and impressive, credit to him for his hard work and dedication – there is much more to come from this talented swimmer.
Sophie Busby (DX/Derby Phoenix) had a very successful meet. She qualified for five events – finishing 9th in the 200m backstroke final, 8th in 1500m freestyle (both new personal best times), 12th in 800m freestyle, and 13th in 200m freestyle. Sophie is another of DX’s swimmers who is making excellent progress and has an exciting 2019-20 season ahead of her.
Also making a final at Nationals was Bethan Thomas (DX/Etwall Eagles), who was 7th in the 100m breaststroke. This represented Beth’s last swim for Derventio Excel before heading off to college in the USA. We all wish her the very best of luck and lots of success in her American Adventure.
Mya Watt (DX/Etall Eagles), having already achieved success at British Nationals the previous week headed to Ponds Forge to swim in the 200m backstroke, where she was 6th in the final. She also competed in the 200m individual medley finishing 13th, and was 17th in 400m individual medley.
Bradley Evans (DX/Long Eaton) also competed at British Nationals, and went on to make the final in 50m freestyle at English Nationals, where he came 5th in a race with a blanket finish! It was his first time under 25 second for this event.
Charlotte Hall (DX/Etwall Eagles) rounded off her season by making it to the 200m freestyle final, where she finished in a creditable 10th place.
Kate Haswell (DX/Ashbourne) made her debut at English Nationals, and swam extremely well to finish in 8th place in the 400m freestyle final, but was only 1.5 seconds off a medal. Her time in the final was over 4 seconds quicker than the heat, a great improvement and augers well for next season.
Eja Coe (DX/Ilkeston) qualified for the 400m individual medley, and finished 14th.
Sam Littler (DX/Ripley) finished 8th in the 800 freestyle, and also had a solid swim in the 400m freestyle, touching the wall in 15th place.
Adam Banks (DX/Etwall Eagles) was 6th in 1500m freetstyle, and also competed in the 800m freestyle, coming in 10th place.
William Whitehead (DX/Eckington) swam in the 200m individual medley and 400m freestyle, gaining good race meet experience on his English Nationals debut.
Isabel Purgavie (DX/Derby Phoenix) was 12th in her favourite event, the 200m backstroke. Ben Fitzhugh (DX/Long Eaton) rounded off his DX career with 14th place in 50m backstroke. Leah Burgin Rawson (DX/Ripley) was 19th in 100m butterfly.
Congratulations to you all, you’ve all worked hard over the season – time for a well earned rest now!
Aug19:Swim England National Open Water
These Championships were held at Thrybergh Country Park in early August, the last event of the 2018-19 season. Derventio Excel had strong representation with 11 swimmers taking part.
Huge congratulations to 21-year-old Ryan Reader, who won a silver medal in the 5km swim – a great achievement, and very well deserved as he ends his Derventio Excel career.
Also competing were Kate Haswell (DX/Ashbourne), Poppy Mead (DX/Derby Phoenix), Adam Banks (DX/Etwall Eagles), Ryan Huddart (DX/Rykneld), Jacob Whittle (DX/Ripley), and Mya Watt (DX/Etwall Eagles).
There were some young swimmers from the Regional squad, coached by Kyle Hudson: Eja Coe (DX/Ilkeston), Paddy Welsh (DX/Derby Phoenix), Isaac Caddy (DX/Ripley), Emily Lyons (DX/Ripley) – who gained great experience of open water swimming.
Well done to you all, a wonderful end to a successful season.
Nov19:Junior Grand Prix Swim Series
The 2019 Junior Grand Prix swim series took place this Autumn, with the final round being held at Alfreton Leisure Centre last weekend. It was a very successful set of galas, supported by 12 clubs from around Derbyshire, with more swimmers entering than ever before in this, the third year that the event has been held.
The JGP series comprises three galas, with novice swimmers from all over Derbyshire able to enter the event. It is organised by the county elite swim squad Derventio Excel on behalf of the Derbyshire Amateur Swimming Association, to give Derbyshire swimmers aged between 9 and 11 years some experience of competitive swimming. The gala series gives them the opportunity to qualify for the Long Course County Championships in December at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, and the Short Course County Championships in February at Matlock.
Swimmers from 12 Derbyshire clubs competed: Ashbourne, Belper, Buxton, City of Derby, Derby Phoenix, Dronfield Dolphins, Eckington, Etwall, Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Ripley and Swadlincote.
A total of 234 young Derbyshire swimmers took part, doing a total of 1,132 swims between them. The atmosphere poolside was fantastic, with the spectators doing a great job of supporting and encouraging the swimmers.
Follow this link for results http://derventioexcel.org.uk/results-archive/
The top 3 boy and girl swimmers in each age group will receive medals, to be presented at the Long Course County Championships in December. All swimmers will also receive a certificate of participation.
Congratulations to all the young swimmers who participated. Hopefully this will encourage more swimmers to take part in the sport, and follow in the footsteps of other Derbyshire swimmers like Adam Peaty, Molly Renshaw and Imogen Clark who all swim for Great Britain.
Aug18:British Age Group Records Smashed
It was a summer of smashed records for DX swimmer Jacob Whittle as he broke numerous British Age Group records at this summers National Championships.
Whittle set British Age Group records in the 50m and 100m freestyle as well as the 50m backstroke.
And he set English Age Group records in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, as well as the 50m backstroke.
In total, he won two golds, three silver and two bronze.
That added to the golds won by Derventio’s Mia Slevin in the 200m freestyle and Ryan reader in the open water.
Derventio now has three national champions in its performance squads and continues to build on the success of the last few years, with the programme producing British record breakers in the last five seasons.
August18:Summer National Success
DX Swimmers put in scorching performances inline with the summer heatwave to create an impressive list of Summer National medalists, finalists and entries. The full list of honours can be found below.
British Summer Championships, 24-29th July 2018, Sheﬃeld
Mia Slevin 15yrs 200 Free
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 100 Free 13yrs British & English NAG Record
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 200 Free 13yrs English NAG Record
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 400 Free
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 200 IM
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 50 Free 13yrs British & English NAG Record
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 50 Back 13yrs British & English NAG Record
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 50 Fly
Total medals = 8
Finalist/top ten ﬁnish
Ryan Reader 19yrs+ 400 Free
Mia Slevin 15yrs 100 Back
Adam Banks 15yrs 1500 Free
Ryan Reader 19yrs+ 1500 Free
DX Girls 14-16yrs 4×200 Free team (Slevin, Torrington, Watt, Hall)
Harmony Torrington 13/14yrs 1500 Free
Josh Pemberton 17/18yrs 200 Breast
Mia Slevin 15yrs 100 Free
Jacob Whittle 13/14yrs 100 Fly
Mia Slevin 15yrs 200 Back
Ryan Reader 19yrs+ 800 Free
Mia Slevin 15yrs 400 Free
Karl Morgan 19yrs+ 50 Free
Mia Slevin 15yrs 50 Back
DX Boys 14-16yrs 4×100 Free team (Whittle, Evans, Raynard, Wyatt)
Total ﬁnals = 23
Swim England National Open Water Championships, 30th July 2018, Rother Valley
Gold – Ryan Reader 19yrs+ 5km
DX Competitors: George Whittle, Leah Burgin-Rawson, Poppy Mead, James Wright, Eja Coe, Sophie Busby, Adam Banks, George Atkin, Ryan Huddart
Swim England National Summer Meet, 31st July-4th August 2018, Sheﬃeld
Toby Arnold 17yrs 200 Breast
Beth Thomas 17yrs+ 50 Breast
Charlotte Hall 16yrs 200 Free
Charlotte Hall 16yrs 100 Free
Ryan Huddart 17yrs 800 Free
Total medals = 5
Finalist/top ten ﬁnish
Ryan Huddart 17yrs 1500 Free
Billy Hogg 17yrs 100 Free
Harmony Torrington 14yrs 400 Free
Casper Raynard 16yrs 800 Free
Naomi Dilley 16yrs 200 Back
Ryan Huddart 17yrs 400 Free
Total ﬁnals = 11
Dec17:Junior Grand Prix
The inaugural DASA Grand Prix took place in the Autumn of 2017, and featured 3 galas organised by Derventio Excel. The aim was to give 9-11-year-old Derbyshire swimmers a taste of competitive swimming, and to give them an opportunity to qualify for the Derbyshire County Championships next Spring by competing at these licensed events. It also gave swimmers a chance to race using Automated Timing Equipment (AOE) with timing pads. The galas were judged as any licensed meet would be, and, allthough this led to a number of disqualifications, it gave the swimmers an opportunity to learn from their mistakes!
In all there were 676 swims, with the second round proving very popular with the 50m freestyle being very well supported.
Nine clubs were represented: City of Derby, Long Eaton, Belper Marlin, Ripley, Rykneld, Derby Phoenix, Ilkeston, Eckington and Etwall, with City of Derby scoring the most points over the 3 galas, Ripley were second and Ilkeston third.
There were awards for the first placed swimmers in each age group over the 3 galas. The top male aged 11 was Ripley’s George Whittle, with Ilkeston’s Finley O’Neill taking the 10-year-old’s title, and Etwall’s Dominic Taylor was top 9-year-old boy. For the girls, City of Derby’s Lucy Seymour was top 11-year-old, with Ripley’s Emily Lyons top 10-year-old, and Rykneld’s Daisy Brown top 9-year-old.
There was a wide spread of clubs represented for ‘top swimmer’, with no one club dominating the galas.
Following the success of the series, the Grand Prix will be run again in 2018. The dates and venues are currently being finalised, and it is hoped that more clubs from round the County will enter swimmers and also more from each club.
Congratulations to all the swimmers who participated, we look forward to welcoming you again this year.