Mayes has loved his time on the Elite

CHRIS MAYES has scaled down his swimming schedule to concentrate on performing on the exam front this summer.

 

CHRIS MAYES has scaled down his swimming schedule to concentrate on performing on the exam front this summer.

But the Year 11 student at Dyke House College, who competes for Aquaforce Swimming Club, has headed into his GCSEs on the back of some impressive displays in the pool.

Following competing in the Northumberland & Durham Championships in February, Chris was at the Sunderland National Qualifier and then the North-East Regional Youth and Senior Championships in Sheffield.

Chris qualified and competed in the 50m breaststroke touching in at 33.26 sec, the 100m breaststroke finishing in 1:12.37 - both just short of the personal best he gained at Scottish Nationals in Edinburgh in December. 

Mayes also competed in the 200m breaststroke, recording a PB of 2:40.17 and in the 200m Individual Medley he touched in at the exactly the same time as he did at the N&Ds of 2:28.48. 

Chris improved on his entry position in all his races so a good weekend overall. He now qualifies for the Scottish Long Course Championships at the Tolcross in Glasgow at the end of June for all three breaststroke events.

Mayes has enjoyed his time on the Elite Development Squad at Dyke House, a period he describes as “a fantastic experience” after enjoying warm weather training camps to Torremolinos, Dubai and Torrevieja.

He was also part of other trips to top venues such as St George’s Park, Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Emirates Arena and Tolcross pool; visiting multiple universities such as Loughborough, Sheffield, Stirling and Durham.

BY DYKE HOUSE REPORTER
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