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Blackfish are delighted to bring you Abby's February post with all her latest news on the County Championships!

If you missed her first blog, Abby is a competitive all round swimmer who trains in our swimwear.  She won an impressive gold medal in the Butterfly at the ASA Nationals last summer.  This year so far has been very successful as you can read in her blog...

Not only has Abby won 3 Gold medals, 2 Silvers and 2 Bronze but her club Grantham Swimming Club have retained their title as County Champions for 2017! What a year and we're only in February! Well done to Abby, all her team mates, coaches and all those supportive parents!


Hi it's Abby here,

It’s Monday 20th February and I’m sitting at my desk reflecting on this year’s County Champs. In summary, I did 17 races I got 9 personal best’s (PB’s) and 7 medals – 3 golds, 2 silvers and 2 bronzes. The first weekend (21st and 22nd January) was my best weekend, I did 7 races and I got 5 personal bests and 4 medals. Also, on this first weekend I had one of my three focus races; 100m butterfly, I got a big PB and the Gold! I was really happy with how I raced, the final was quite tense because I could see both of my opponents in the lanes next to me through the whole race! After the first 50 they were both in front of me, but I managed to pull it back, my strength is always in the back end of the race. On the Sunday however I had both of my 400m races. I got a PB in my 400m individual medley and won the gold but I didn’t PB in my 400m freestyle. The longer distances aren’t my favourite distances as I find them harder to swim. The races that I had in my first weekend were a wide range of distances and I was happy with the outcome. My second weekend wasn’t as good as my first one; I did 9 races and I got 4 PB’s. I had 2 focus races in my second weekend, 200 fly and 200 IM. Although I won the gold for my 200 fly the time wasn’t the time I wanted, I wanted to go under 2.20 but I got 2.25 and a small PB. My 200 IM was better than my fly as I got a 2 second PB. I was quite happy with my time though as I felt all elements of my race were executed well. I need to work on my backstroke for the long course season as my technique has gone a bit, and it showed at the Counties as I didn’t get any PB’s in the backstroke, however I was happy with my breastroke as I PB’d in every event. My technique has improved and I am happy with it. Finally, just last Saturday I had my 800m freestyle and got a big PB, unfortunately I just missed out on a medal by 0.2 of a second! Hopefully next time I can get one. So, overall I would say that I have had a ‘decent’ (our head coach uses that phrase!) but not great Counties this year and there are definitely things that I need to work on and improve for the Midland Championships at the end of May. My next blog will be the same time next March, I will tell you how my training and ‘comps’ have been going on my build up to the Midlands!

Huge congratulations to Abby and everyone at Grantham Swimming Club

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