Kate Clifton started the final session on day 3 with a new personal best in the Open 50 freestyle final, in 25.75. Kate came a brilliant forth in that final, really showing her raw speed superb straight arm technique. With the 100 freestyle tomorrow, we will be hoping Kate can keep that speed going over the double distance. Isobel Grant managed to improve from her heat swim in the 200 Fly final coming in eighth in 2:13.37.

Day 2 of the British Championships was again a great success for Team Steel with 6 finalist and lots of personal bests, together with one qualification time for the World Juniors in Budapest.

Last Sunday, 7th April, was the first round of the Barnsley Minors league at the Spenborough Pool & Leisure Centre. The Barnsley Minors League is a yearly competition with 4 divisions. Each division features 4 teams and each team hosts a round. The top team after the 4th round wins the division and moves into the division above or wins the entire league. Team Steel are currently in the 3rd division, but with a performance such as the one from the weekend we will definitely be fighting for the top spot in our division.

The British Championships 2019 got underway yesterday, April 16th, in Glasgow. This will be the biggest UK meet for Team Steel, some of our swimmers will be hoping to qualify for the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, and some for the World Junior Championships in Budapest and the European Junior Championships in Kazan. 11 swimmers from Team Steel were in action on Day 1.

From the 29th to the 31st March City of Sheffield Swim Squad hosted their annual Premier Meet which was again a huge success for the club and the swimmers. 80 Clubs from around the country came to the Steel City, and a total of 697 swimmers were packed into Ponds Forge. The steel history of Sheffield is well known in swimming and City of Sheffield Swim Squad is often referred to as Team Steel amongst the swimming community. Over the weekend Team Steel took home 36 gold, 37 silver and 21 bronze medals, with 66 swimmers qualifying for a final. The date of the Premier Meet means it is ideal to qualify for the British and English Nationals in summer, as it sits perfectly in the qualifying window. With these results the Team Steel swimmers put themselves in a great position to qualify for the Nationals in July and August.