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23 JULY - OPEN WATER LINK
Some more additional information for all parents and swimmers to read for the Open Water National Swimming championships.
23 JULY - NATIONALS LINKS
British Summer Nationals 28th July - 2nd August
ASA Open Water National Championhips 3rd August
ASA (English) National Championships 4th August - 9th August
23 JULY - NORTH MIDS UPDATE
Following feedback from a number of clubs regarding the upper consideration times for the 800m Ladies Freestyle & 1500m Mens Freestyle we have decided to make a change in these 2 events only. We ran the meet last year without upper times and have decided to do the same again this year. As some clubs may have already downloaded and or sent in entries we are unable to alter the web site. Therefore, will all clubs please do their entries as normal but any which are faster than the upper time should be sent by email to Val Mellor, at the same time as your other entries and we will input those manually for these events only.
23 JULY - NORTH WEST TALENT CHAMP
Congratulations to Rory Armitt and Jay Cushen for being selected for the England Talent Regional Development Programme North West for 2015-2016. Selection is based on results in the 2014-2015 season and only a few of the best 11-12 year olds gain an invite. They will both Attend two, one day swim camps where they will take part in workshops, pool sessions and strength and conditioning. Congratulations, I am sure both will take a lot away from the days and represent Winsford Swim Team to the highest order. Dan.
23 JULY - IRISH NATIONALS REPORT
We travelled through the night on Tues/Weds to get to the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin ready for the warm up. Hannah wasn't competing on Day 1, but joined in the warm up to get a feel for the pool and the surroundings. Her first event, on Thursday was the 200 IM. It was a strong field and nerves got the best of her. Although looked strong she missed her PB by 6 seconds.
If Thursday was slightly disappointing, Friday was much better. Hannah had learnt from the previous day, and went into the 100m Breast, having set a PB in October 2014. She looked strong, good stroke rate and quick turn giving her a PB by half a second showing she could step up to the plate. As Hannah is 15 she has to compete in the Open, and her PB brought her 30 out of 64 in the open competition, but came 9th in the 15 year old.
Saturday saw Hannah compete in the 200m Breastroke, and after Friday, she was confident to make an impression in the strong field. She went out strong, turned first in her heat with a split of 39 seconds. Second 50 was 46 seconds which meant she turned 100m at 1.25 and therefore was odds on for a PB and a potential final placing. Not sure what happened on the 3rd 50m - she went 50 seconds, whether there was a miss in rhythm, or the occasion she isn't sure. She came back in 46 giving a 3:01. If she hadn't lost the 4 seconds in the 3rd 50 it would have been a 2:57 which would have given her a place in the open B-final. As it was she missed out making second reserve. She came 9th out of the 15 year olds. She definitely enjoyed the occasion, and the pool is amazing (see attached photo)
Congratulations to Hannah, some great results and an amazing experience. I am sure this will spur her onto even great heights next season. Well Done. Dan.
17 JULY - NORTH MIDLANDS CHAMPS
All details are in gala updates
17 JULY - 16 SWIMMERS QUALIFY FOR NATIONAL CHAMPS 2015
Congratulations to all Swimmers who have qualified for the British Summer & ASA (English) National Championships 2015. This Year Winsford Swim Team has 12 Individual Swimmers and an additional 4 Swimmers in the Relays making the grade to compete against the fastest Swimmers in Great Britain and England. The total number of swimmers who will be competing will total 16 which is a fantastic achievement for our club.
In order to gain qualification a swimmer has to gain a ranking place in the qualifying window to race in the National Championships. A very small percentage of competitive swimmers gain a National ranking place as competition for these places is very fierce with thousands upon thousands of swimmers battling it out around the country for the top spots. Winsford Swim Team has achieved a very large number and it again shows what can be achieved with complete commitment to the sport. It also shows how Winsford Swim Team are developing a very strong group of swimmers for the future.
Qualifiers are in age order:
1) Jay Cushen - (12) - ASA National Open Water 1500m. - Events: (1 Open Water)
2) Finn Armitt - (13) - ASA National (English) Summer Championships - 200 Fly. - Events: (1 English National)
3) Dan Hulme - (13) - ASA National Open Water 1500m - ASA National (English) Summer Championships - 1500m Free.- Events: (1 Open Water - 1 English National)
4) Alissa Blackshaw - (13) ASA National Open Water 1500m - Events: (1 Open Water)
5) Ryan Wheeler - (13) - ASA National (English) Summer Championships - 50 Fly & 100 Fly. - Events: (2 English National)
6) Henry Oliver - (13) - ASA National Open Water 1500m - ASA National (English) Summer Championships - 1500m Free. - Events: (1 Open Water - 1 English National)
7) Alisha Hawkins - (14) - ASA National Open Water 1500m - British Summer National Championships - 400 Free, 800 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Fly - ASA National (English) Summer Championships - 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 50 Fly, 200 IM, 400 IM. - Events: (1 Open Water - 4 British National - 6 English National)
8) Adam Blackshaw - (15) - British Summer National Championships - 200 Fly - ASA National (English) Summer Championships - 100 Butterfly, 400 IM. - Events: (1 British National - 2 English National)
9) Isobella Burton - (15) - ASA National (English) Summer Championships - 50 Backstroke.- Events: (1 English National)
10) Jordan Gaskell - (16) - British Summer National Championships - 50 Fly, 100 Fly, 200 Fly - Scottish Nationals - 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 1500 Free, 200 IM. - Events: (3 British National - 5 Scottish National)
11) Brandon Sharkey - (17) - ASA National (English) Summer Championships - 100 Fly - Events: (1 English National)
12) Rebecca Alderman - (18) - ASA National Open Water 5000m. - Events: (1 Open Water)
Relay Qualifiers: 17 Over Mens: 4x200 Free Relay ASA National Summer Championships: Callum Chapple, Brandon Sharkey, Alex Law, Cameron Jones. 2nd Reserve for the 4x100 Medley Relay
14-16 Boys: 2nd Reserve: 4x200 Free Relay ASA National Summer Championships
For Winsford Swim Team to gain 16 National Qualifiers is fantastic and it should be celebrated. I am sure it will spur on more swimmers next year to gain qualification to the British and English National Swimming Championships.
I am sure all Members of Winsford Swimming club wish each and every swimmer competing in the British & ASA Summer Nationals all the very best and we also wish Hannah McEnaney all the very best as she will be competing in the Irish Nationals this Summer. Congratulations and work hard as the job is not done. - Dan
9 JULY - IRISH NATIONALS
Good luck to Hannah McEnaney who will be competing in Dublin at the Irish National Swimming Championships. The Championships take place from the 15th-19th July at the Dublin Aquatics Centre. All members wish Hannah all the very best. A write up of Hannah's results and racing will be published as soon as the event is finished. Dan.
9 JULY - HOLIDAY TRAINING
With some parents and swimmers getting set for their summer holidays I have been asked by a good number of swimmers to provide them with some sessions to complete whilst away. I thought rather than give out individual sessions to each swimmer who asks for them I would produce a set of 11x2 hour sessions which swimmers can base their training on. The sessions are 2 hours long but can be split into 1 hour or 1.5 hour sessions if you would like. The sessions are suitable for all standard of swimmer and can be tweaked to suit your needs, some of the turn around times may need adjusting but hopefully it will give you something to work off. The sessions are predominantly skill and technique work with some Aerobic and basic speed work, all sessions are designed to keep you interested and motivated and to keep fitness levels up in preparation for season 2015-2016 which is sure to be very exciting for all our swimmers. These sessions are not compulsory but I do know there will be many swimmers and parents searching for competitive pools to train from on their holidays. It is entirely up to you when you train whilst away but I would recommend morning swims then you know you have done your training early and then can enjoy the rest of the day on the beach or on the golf course or by the pool drinking diet Pepsi and eating strawberry cornetto. If there are any questions about the sessions please ask, it is very motivating as a coach to be asked by swimmers for sessions whilst on holiday. Please do enjoy your holidays but do remember that we have the Club Champs in September and North Midlands Championships in early October so if you can maintain fitness levels you will have a clear head start on season 2015-2016. I hope you all have a great break and come back refreshed and more determined and even more motivated for the new season. I have high hopes for every swimmer. Please find the sessions in the Members area. Dan.
5 JULY - TIME TRIALS
Due to the uncertainty with the balcony and pool tiles we could not run our annual Development Meet this year, however we were able to run a very successful time trial for our swimmers who wanted to gain new or update old times in readiness for the North Midlands Championships and the new season ahead. The results were outstanding and so much learned from the racing. There were key things which I noticed on Saturday:
1) It was fantastic to see so many old and new parents helping out on pool deck. Whether it be a time keeper, Marshall, Announcer, Computer expert, Judge, starter or any other job. The main thing is that there are people coming forward to help our club and our swimmers so thank you to all for your help in contributing to our success. Many hands make light work.
2) It was amazing to see so many swimmers taking part of all ages. It was great to see the more experienced swimmers racing and and it was even more special to see so many young swimmers, many racing for their first time and many swimmers racing events they may have never done before. It was also extra special seeing our swimmers racing the middle and long distance events because as a club this where we really perform. That is what is great about Winsford, we have got a conveyor belt of young swimmers being produced year on year, developing a Fearless attitude to all racing events. Well done to all swimmers.
Now that the Time Trial is over please use these times gained to enter the North Midlands Championships. Our closing will be before 31st July so please keep an eye out for the full details as I know a number of swimmers will be going away on holiday very soon and I do not want anyone missing the deadline! The North Midlands is a very important Championships for our swimming club, for many this will be their first step on the ladder of Championship racing so please enter as many events as possible as I know we will perform to an exceptionally high standard. I want to take a huge team to Macclesfield in October and race together for Winsford Swimming Team. Dan.
30 JUN - TOP CLUB AT AQUABEARS
Congratulations to all 30 swimmers from Winsford who competed at the Rochdale Aquabears. I have to say this was one of the best weekend performances I have seen. We had so many youngsters racing and many for their first time at an away gala. The attitude, the professionalism and the racing was outstanding. I am always a positive coach and see the best in everyone but I was really so impressed with the whole team spirit. The results were incredible with over 90% PB Rate, 38 GOLD Medals, 34 SILVER Medals and 28 Bronze Medals, this takes our total of medals to 100 which is an amazing result. Not only did we win 100 Medals but we also gained TOP CLUB out of 26 Swimming Clubs taking part with a huge points total.
I know I go on a bit at times in these reports but it was a pleasure being pool side with all swimmers and again the future is so bright looking at todays results and seeing our young swimmers performing to such a high standard. It was also very nice of coaches from other clubs giving us such positive praise on how well our young swimmers perform their skills and technique in the race. A Swimming career is a long journey and the journey is exciting and all coaches from Winsford will be with you every single step of the way. I do hope all swimmers who were at Wigan read this as you all deserve to be praised and congratulated. Sorry I couldn't name all the medal winners as there just too many to go through!
Swimmers competing were: R Broadhurst, A Brown, T Carss, C Caulfield, A Clarke, A Crossland, D Dean, A Deeming, W Deeming, A Grindley, S Grindley, K Hawkins, C Howman, R Howman, O Jolliffe, I Kay, R Livesey, P Maskill, H McEnaney, O Morley, A Moss, E O'Grady, E Ranson, L Strickson, C Thomson, L Turner, L Wilkes, K Wilson, A Wright, E Wright. Winsford - Best Pound for Pound club around. Dan.
30 JUN - SUMMER TRAINING TIMES
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24 JUN - CHESHIRE & NW REGIONAL OPEN WATER CHAMPS
On Sunday 21st June Winsford Swim Team took 7 swimmers to race at the joint Cheshire County and NW Regional Open Water Swimming Championships at Salford Quays. For 5 of our swimmers this was their first ever race in Open Water but this did not phase them one bit. All were taking part in the 1.5k swim except for Becky who was racing the 5k distance. On the day the results were fantastic they really were, we gained a fantastic 5 NW Regional Medals (of which 4 were GOLD Medals) and 6 Cheshire County Medals (of which 4 were GOLD Medals). Open Water is not for every swimmer but for our team we relish the challenge, on Sunday what pleased me most was the attitude of all 7 and their willingness to battle so hard in an environment which is still very new to most of them. It was great to see so many Winsford Swimmers racing at Salford and enjoying the event and enjoying the race. I know this experience will make each and every swimmer stronger for the future in the sport of Open Water. We are learning all the time and that is what great swimmers do, continue to learn and make progress. Every swimmer was fantastic, so congratulations to you all. We have some superb distance swimmers at our club and I know we will have even more swimmers racing at the NW Regional Open Water Championships next year.
It is also with great pride to announce that not only did we achieve so many medals but by winning the NW Region we added two New National Open Water Qualifiers, both Alissa Blackshaw in the 1.5k and Becky Alderman in the 5k will compete in Sheffield this summer a long with Jay, Dan, Henry and Alisha. This now takes our total of National Open Water swimmers to 6 and our total of individual National Qualifiers in the Open Water, British and ASA Nationals to 12 Individual and 3 more swimmers who will be adding to our Relay teams. This takes our overall total of National swimmers to a huge 15 Swimmers, Congratulations to all. Dan.
Jay Cushen (12): GOLD Cheshire County, GOLD NW Region.
Alissa Blackshaw (13) GOLD Cheshire County, GOLD NW Region.
Alisha Hawkins (14) GOLD Cheshire County, GOLD NW Region.
Becky Alderman (17-18) GOLD Cheshire County, GOLD NW Region.
Dan Hulme (13) SILVER Cheshire County, SILVER NW Region.
Henry Oliver (13) BRONZE Cheshire County, 4th NW Region.
James Adamson (13) 5th Cheshire County, 6th NW Region.
24 JUN - LIVERPOOL SUMMER SPRINTS
Winsford Swim Team took 23 swimmers to race at the Annual Long Course Liverpool Summer Sprint Meet. All swimmers raced with great skill with many new LC PB's, top 8 placings and Medals. On day one we accumulated a fantastic 16 Medals and on day two we gained another 16 Medals, bringing our overall total to 32 Medals. LC meets are not run that often, so it is very important for all swimmers to take the opportunity and gain that experience, especially for our younger swimmers. Well done to all who participated and represented Winsford Swim Team as the results again were outstanding.
Winsford swimmers earned the recognition of coming 3rd Top Club.
Congratulations to Ethan Jones who gained TOP BOY in the 12-13 Years Age Group and to Jay Cushen who gained 3rd Place in the same age group.
Lauren Haves, Hannah McEnaney and Oliver Rose all came in 3rd place with the Fina points in their age groups.
All Competitors who represented Winsford Swim Team to the highest order were: Alice Deeming, Amber Rose, Charlotte Thomson, Domi Dean, Ellie Cushen, Ethan Jones, Ethan Wright, Finn Armitt, Hannah McEnaney, Harry Armitt, Jay Cushen, Jodie Sale, Katie Wilson, Lauren Haves, Louie Goodfellow, Lydia Rose, Oli Egerton, Oli Rose, Oscar Jolliffe, Poppy Maskill, Rebecca Broadhurst, Rory Armitt, Will Deeming. Congratulations to each and every swimmer. Dan.
8 JUN - NW REGIONAL CHAMPS ROUNDUP
Congratulations to all 35 Swimmers from Winsford who competed over the last 3 weekends at Liverpool and Manchester. 2015 has been a record year for our club and our swimmers at the Regional Champs. The Regional Championships is the second biggest domestic competition of the year and the North West is without doubt the strongest region in Britain with Cheshire, Lancashire & Cumbria battling it out for honours.
25 Medals – 80 Finalist – 308 Points – Top 9 in the NW
Please see below, as the Results have been incredible with a record points and medal tally.
2012 - Combined points total for Youth and Age Group Championships: 91
2013 - Combined points total for Youth and Age Group Championships: 81
2014 - Combined points total for Youth and Age Group Championships: 134 - Combined medal total for Youth and Age Group Championships: 12
2015: - Points Total: 308 (174 point improvement from year 2014)
Medal Total: 25 (Over 100% improvement from year 2014)
Finalist: 80 (Record number of finalist)
The above results show how Winsford Swim Team has constantly improved year on year. Not only are we achieving more qualifiers but we are achieving more Finalist, more medallist and more overall club points. Our overall points total was 308 putting Winsford Swim Team in the top 9 swimming clubs in the North West, up there with the large City and Metro Clubs. The results have been staggering over the last 3 weekends and it just shows what a small town like Winsford can achieve in the North West of England Swimming Championships against teams who have a huge number of swimmers and clubs feeding into their programmes.
It has been a long 3 weeks but the results overall have been fantastic and it shows what strides we are all making. Well Done to each and every qualifier, I know we will continue to keep on improving and I know we will continue to progress, anything is possible for those who believe and work hard.
The full breakdown of all the results are in news and it is clear to see the range of Finalists and Medallist is vast with 22 swimmers reaching finals and all 35 swimmers contributing to our success as a club. - Dan
If there are any parents interested in volunteering within the club, to help in any way please contact Neil Hawkins at email@example.com