Ace on Target at Hit Out Meet
The Waikato Hit Out Meet took place at Ace Swimming Club’s home turf, @HamiltonPools Waterworld on Friday 1st February and Saturday 2nd February.
The idea behind this meet was to provide swimmers with an opportunity to dust off the post-Christmas cobwebs early in the year ahead of the National events looming.
More about the process
Ran long course the meet largely focussed on the longer events. “It was great to see so many of our swimmers take up the challenge of racing. We do sometimes forget about learning from breaking down the process of racing.” said Director of Coaching, Paul Dowey. “It was much harder to deliver personal bests having had a break and so it really forced us to focus on the process.”
Despite that Ace Swimming Club athletes still delivered to a high standard. There were 69 personal bests from 106 swims. That was a whopping 65.09% PB rate with just 3 weeks of training under their belt.
Event First timers
Some swimmers were tackling events for the first-time long course, such as 1500m and 800m. Great to see Gabby Austin, Imogen Barnes and Calib Wilson all bettered their entry times in the 1500m. Sean Young & Taniko Shane attempted their 200m butterfly long course for the first time, their reward being the chance to swim it again at Division 2.
Biggest PB, Qualifiers and Race of Day
Chloe Peters set the largest PB of the day knocking 11 seconds off her 100m butterfly time. A great result from her.
Monique Austin was delighted when she discovered she had qualified for Division 2 unexpectedly and might get the opportunity to travel with the team to Dunedin in March. Maddie Chapman was also under time for her 200m butterfly for National Age Groups.
Race of the day went to Danyon Hardie in the 400m freestyle. Danyon was out strong over the first part of his race, the momentum seems to fire him up for the remainder of his race. Clocking 58 on his first 100m, he was 2:02 at halfway stage. Realising he had the lead and his rivals might come back at him he balanced his 3rd 100m so he would have enough finishing speed. Clocking 4:15 long course it wasn’t the fastest time he has swum but it certainly was a well-judged race.
Thanks to the team managers who helped all weekend, Richard Peters, Melissa and Michelle.