Derventio eXcel is the elite swimming squad for Derbyshire and is part of Bill Sweetenham’s blueprint for international swimming success. Derventio eXcel is a partnership between the existing swimming clubs in the county, the ASFGB, the asa, Derbyshire Sport, the University of Derby, Derby College, Derby City Council, South Derbyshire District Council, Chesterfield Borough Council and Erewash Borough Council. It offers young swimmers in Derbyshire the opportunity to meet their swimming potential by training over 20 hours each week, and offers land training resources and sport science support.
Derventio eXcel - Future Open Meets
Information about planned future Open Meets to be hosted by Derventio eXcel is available here:
Derventio eXcel 8th Long Course Open Meet 5th/6th April 2014
Venue - Ponds Forge, Sheffield. Full details, including the Entry Pack, are available by clicking here:
Closing Date: 13th March 2014
Derventio eXcel 3rd February Festival Long Course Open Meet 8th/9th February 2014
Derventio eXcel would like to thank all the Swimmers, Coaches, Officials and Helpers who came to our February Festival. We were lucky enough to see some exceptional swimming and we look forward to seeing you all next year.
Results from the Meet are accessible via the button below:
Abbie Wood Strikes Gold for Great Britain
Derventio Excel swimmer Abbie Wood has shone in her first international event by winning two golds and two silver medals at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht, Holland.
Abbie (14) was just one of 16 potential future Olympic stars selected to represent Great Britain in the event, where she was competing against the best of the best young swimmers from across Europe.
To crown an outstanding week of achievements, Abbie was also given the honour of carrying the Team GB flag at the closing ceremony on Friday night.
Her first gold, in the 400m Individual Medley final, which she swam in a personal best time of 4:51.53, could not have come at a better moment. This victory on the first day of the competition bagged Abbie the 1,000th gold medal ever awarded in the history of the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF).
After learning of her place in the history books, Abbie said: “That is very lucky. It could have been any number. I worked really hard to have this medal, and got a personal best by four seconds. I knew my rivals would step up in the final which really spurred me on.”
On the second day of competition, Abbie faced a gruelling five races. But she did Derventio Excel, Derbyshire and Great Britain proud yet again by taking another gold in the 200m Breaststroke final.
Finishing incredibly fast down the last 50m, she overhauled her competitors to win in a time of 2:32.87 in what is her favourite event.
“I knew quite a lot of people were in front of me on the first 100m,” said Abbie. “So I had to bring it back on the last length quite a lot.
“It was really hard, but it paid off – so I’m quite happy with the result!”
Less than an hour later, Abbie was just 0.14 seconds shy of claiming a third gold in two days as she touched second in the 200m Individual Medley final. She lowered her personal best by two seconds to set a 2:19.46 but after turning last at 100m and fourth at 150m, she couldn’t quite haul in Hungary’s Greta Szilvasi (2:19.32) in the dash for the wall.
Her final race on Day Two was in the Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay where, with Abbie swimming the Breaststroke leg in a 1:12.99 split, the Great Britain team just missed out on the medals for a 4th place finish.
The perfect end to Abbie’s week came on the final day of competition, where she won her second silver medal as part of the 4 x 100m Medley Relay team. Her excellent split of 1:11.7 helped the team to earn second-place behind Russia in time of 4:16.41.
Later that evening, she led the 44-strong Team GB contingent in the EYOF 2013 closing ceremony.
“To be chosen to carry the flag for Team GB caps off a great week,” said Abbie.
“I’ve really enjoyed my first experience of representing Team GB. The atmosphere around the Village is really friendly, it’s been great to meet people from other sports and the experience of racing in a big event will be really valuable.”
Abbie’s coach at Derventio, Kim Hill, was also selected to represent the GB coaching team at EYOF.
Kim said: “It was a huge honour for me to have been selected. But my proudest moment as a coach was to see Abbie win her gold medals. To have played a part in her success, and to have seen her amazing victories first-hand is a fantastic feeling.“The enormous pride you feel when you see one of your swimmers on the podium, with the National Anthem playing and the Great Britain flag being raised is hard to put into words!”
200m Breaststroke Final
14 Derventio eXcel Swimmers in field for British International Open Meet
Derventio eXcel swimmers are getting ready for the prestigious British International Championship Meet which is being held 7th-10th March at the Leeds International Pool.
This event is replacing the Annual British Championships which have now been moved to June and will double up as the British World Championship Trials.
The New British International Meet is set to be a stepping stone for all of the Top British Swimmers looking to qualify for the World Team in June, and has attracted some of the foreign Olympic stars to British shores. These include Olympic Sprint Champion Kromowidjojo (NED) along with Britain’s own Michael Jamieson and 2012 teammates.
The March championships will also double up as the Junior Trials for Great Britain with the up and coming stars of the future competing for places on the World Junior, European Junior and Youth Olympic National Teams.
Derventio eXcel have a record 14 swimmers qualified for this event, which is pitched above National level and is a great achievement we are proud of.
DX swimmers will be competing in a wide range of events:
British Record holder and European Junior Champion Molly Renshaw will be in action in her favourite Breaststroke and Medley events, alongside GB teammate Kane Haggett who will be pitting himself against some of the best sprinters in the world in the 50m and 100m Free.
We have three swimmers who have already competed in multiple British Championship events:
- Jodie Hawksworth – will compete in the triple 50m/100m/200m Breaststroke events
- Sarah Vasey – National Senior Finalist last season Sarah will be competing in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke
- Josh Booth – Josh who has competed at the last two British events has qualified in multiple events at this year's Meet
Second time qualifiers also in action are:
- New British Record Holder 13 year old Abbie Wood will be in action in Medley and Breaststroke events
- Second time qualifier Kevin Wallbank, who missed last season’s meet due to injury, will show his versatility by competing in a range of different events this year
- Butterfly National finalist Hannah Jones
- Breaststroke National finalist James Latham
Newly qualified swimmers for this pinnacle event are:
- Imogen Clark – 13 year old Imogen will compete in five events at this year's championships
- Danny Anderson – 23 year old Danny will use this as a stepping stone for the British Championships in June and compete in the 50m Breaststroke
- Francesca Muir-Harris – 13 year old Francesca qualified in a great personal best time at the DX Open Meet in the 400m Free
- Mischa Menzies – 17 year old Mischa will be competing in one of his lesser known events in the 50m Fly
- Lewis White – fresh from competing at the DSE Junior National ChampionshipsLewis will gain valuable experience at the Championships ready for the DSE International meet in April