Another record was set at the Torfaen Open meet in Newport in June for Rhondda Swimming Club, but it stood for a mere four minutes before it too was broken.
In the aged 15 and under 200m freestyle, Keenan Napper broke the 14-year old club record by the narrowest of margins – 0.01 second – with a time of 02.22.44. A few minutes later, Luke Jones beat Keenan’s record and set a new one at 2.21.63.
Rhondda took 13 swimmers to the prestigious meet, 8 of them juniors. Many were participating in their first major open meet, so there were a few nerves. “The juniors swam brilliantly and were a real credit to themselves and were fabulous ambassadors for their club, coming home with loads of personal best times and several medals,” says Rhondda Head Coach Craig Napper. There were many valuable learning points for the juniors and honed performances for the seniors as the two groups rubbed shoulders and inspired each other in the pool.
The meet had a Hawaiian theme on the Sunday and laughing conga dancers from different clubs danced their way around the pool during the intervals, weaving in and out of coaches and officials, many of whom were in traditional Hawaiian dress of flower garlands and grass skirts.
In the Hoover Shield friendly inter-club gala on 14 June in Pontypool, Brandon Rees smashed a long-standing club record in the 50m fly with a time of 31.88, 2 seconds faster than the previous record set in 2000. Five Rhondda Swimming Club records were broken in 2014.
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