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Halton SC News - 14th April 2013

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EFDS National Youth Disability Swimming Championships 2013

Ponds Forge, Sheffield 3rd March 2013

Halton’s GB Deaf swimmer, Luke Nisted, achieved a superb 6 medal haul at the recent National Youth Disability Championships at the Ponds Forges ITSC in Sheffield over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd March 2013.

Luke is currently in heavy training preparing for his first Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria and those preparations appear to be on right on target as Luke picked up 4 Gold medals, a Silver and a Bronze. Luke achieved first place in the 50m and 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke and the 100m Individual Medley events. Luke set a new personal best of 1.05.68 in the 100m Backstroke lowering his previous time by 1.1 seconds. Other new personal best times followed as Luke took silver in the 200m Individual Medley and Bronze in the 100m Breaststroke. Well done Luke.

Pictured: Luke receiving one of his Gold Medals at Sheffield.

City of Birmingham Swimming Club Easter Open Meet

Stetchford Pool, Birmingham  29th March 2013

Thomas Roberts took a superb Gold Medal and achieved another ASA North West Regional Youth Championship Qualifying time with an outstanding swim in the 1500m event at the City of Birmingham Easter Open Meet on Good Friday. Thomas reduced his previous best time for this event, achieved only a matter of weeks ago at the Liverpool and District Championships at Everton Park, by 45 seconds. An outstanding achievement. Top Stuff Tom.

Pictured: Thomas with his Gold medal at Birmingham.

AIB Tigers Swimming Club (Jersey) 4 Way Easter Meet

Les Quinnevais Sports Centre7th April 2013

15 Year Old Halton Swimmer Laura Gorry took advantage of some splendid hospitality whilst on holiday in Jersey by swimming as a guest at the recent AIB Tigers Swimming Club annual 4 Way Easter Meet at the Les Quinnevais Sports Centre in the town of St Brelade on the Channel Island of Jersey.

Swimming as a guest meant that Laura was unable to claim any silverware but she had the satisfaction of knowing that she posted the fastest times in the 400 Individual Medley, 50m Breaststroke and 100m Backstroke events. In addition, Laura posted a 9 second personal best in the 400m IM and a 2 second PB in the 50m Breaststroke. Well done, Laura.

PP. Neil F

Halton SC News - 13th April 2013

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Cheshire County Swimming & Water Polo Association  2013 Championships

13 Year Old Tom Craig earned a superb Silver medal in taking second place in a stunning new personal best time in the 50m Breaststroke event at the recent Cheshire County Swimming Championships at Macclesfield whilst 12 Year old Will Woodward continued his fine form with a double bronze medal winning performance in the 200m Individual Medley and 50m Freestyle. Will recorded new personal best times in both events, lowering his 200m Medley time by over 5 seconds and produced another outstanding best time in the 50m Freestyle to go under 30 seconds for the first time.

In finishing 7th in the boys 12 years overall individual championships, Will recorded a further 10 personal best times lowering his previous best time in every event entered. Will set new standards in the 400m Freestyle reducing his previous best time by almost 6 seconds, 50m Backstroke, 50m Fly, 50m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke, 200m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 200m Backstroke again taking over 6 seconds off his previous best time. Will the finished the championships in excellent style in taking 5 seconds off his previous 100m Backstroke time.

Thomas Roberts had an outstanding championships finishing 6th overall in the boys 15 years Individual rankings. Thomas produced 7 new personal best times in the 50m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle reducing his previous best time by 8 seconds, 400m Individual Medley with a new time 4 seconds lower, 100m Fly, 100m Freestyle, 200m Fly and 200m Freestyle. Thomas now has ASA North West Regional Youth Qualifying times in 5 events, 400m Freestyle, 200m Fly, 400m Individual Medley, 100m Freestyle and 1500m Freestyle.

10 Year old Daniel Buckley reduced his 200m Breaststroke time by almost 16 seconds in taking 4th place and also took 2 seconds off his 50m Breaststroke time in securing 5th place.

GB swimmer 16 year old Luke Nisted stepped up his preparations for the Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria this summer with a new British Deaf Youth and Open record in the 200m Backstroke event reducing his previous best time by almost 3 seconds in finishing 6th.

In addition, there were 3 new personal best times for Eleanor Donald in the Girls 13 Years 50m Fly, 50m Freestyle and 200m Freestyle events and also personal best performances from Alison Steele in the girls 14 Years 100m Freestyle and Sam Craig in the boys 10 Years 50m Breaststroke.

There were also fine individual performances at the championships from Amy Steele, Ceris Breckell and Nikita Jackson.

2013 Menai AA and B Grade meet - Bangor Swimming Pool

Halton sent a strong contingent to the Bangor Swimming Club Menai AA & B grade meet at the end of February.

Chloe Doolan picked up 3 medals at the event taking Gold for a superb 1st place in the girls 14 Years 100m Backstroke. Chloe also took Silver in the 100m Breaststroke and Bronze in the 100m Fly events. Niamh Cullen also took home a deserved bronze medal for 3rd place in the Girls 12 years 200m Individual Medley in a new personal best time. Niamh went on to achieve further personal best times in the 100m Breaststroke, 100m Backstroke, and 100m Freestyle events.

14 Year Old Lisa Bazley had an excellent meet with a series of new personal best times in the 100m Freestyle, 100m Fly and 200m Individual Medley lowering her best time by almost 22 seconds. Beth Reid also achieved a personal best time in the 100m Breaststroke and in a second outstanding performance Beth reduced her 100m Backstroke time by almost 12 seconds. Leah Horabin set new personal best times in the  girls 11 Years 100m Breaststroke and 100m Backstroke whilst 9 Year Old Taylor Tout produced two fine swims in the 50m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke.

Pictured: Halton medallists from the Cheshire County Championships and Bangor Menaii meet.

 

 Neil F

 

Halton SC News - 18th February 2013

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Liverpool & District Swimming & Water Polo Association  2013 Age Group Championships

8 Gold Medals, 6 Silver, 8 Bronze and an outstanding 41 Personal Best times represented an excellent return for Halton swimmers from the recent 2013 Liverpool and District Swimming Championships held at Everton Park Sports Centre over the weekend of 2nd & 3rd February and 9th & 10th February 2013.

Will Woodward took the headlines again as he swept to a brilliant win in the 11 Years Boys Overall Individual Championships. Along the way, Will claimed 7 gold medals in the 200m Breaststroke, 50m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, 50m Fly, 400m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley and 50m Breaststroke whilst 3 Silver Medals followed in the 100m Fly, 100m Freestyle, and 100m Breaststroke. Will then took his medal tally to 11 as he earned a hard fought Bronze in the 200m Backstroke Event. There were also 4th Place finishes for Will in the 50m Backstroke and 100m Backstroke just missing out on further medals by a finger tip in each case but with the consolation of achieving a commemorative pennant for a top eight finish. Apart from his  medal winning performances, Will set new short course Personal Best Times in the 200m Breaststroke, 100m Fly, 50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 200m Individual Medley, 100m Breaststroke and 200m Backstroke. Particularly impressive was the 11 second reduction in his 400m Freestyle time. Will now has a full set of qualifying times for the ASA North West Regional Age Group Championships at Manchester Aquatics in June.

  • Will is pictured with his Individual Championship Trophy and an impressive set of medals.

16 Year Old GB Deaf Swimmer Luke Nisted continued his preparation for this summers’ Deaflympics as he picked up Halton’s other Gold medal of the Championships with an impressive first place in the 16 Years 100m Backstroke event. Luke completed a full set of medals in achieving an excellent silver medal in the 200m Backstroke and a Bronze for 100m Freestyle.

Another Stand Out performance saw Thomas Roberts capture a silver medal in the Boys 15 Years 1500m Freestyle event lowering his personal best time by almost 48 seconds in the process with the time being good enough to take 3rd place in the Overall 1500m Championship event and earn Thomas a Bronze medal.

Thomas also achieved pennant awards for Top eight finishes in the 200m Breaststroke, finishing  8th in a new Personal best time; 100m Freestyle, with 7th place in a new personal best time, 400m Freestyle, achieving 4th in a new personal best time, and finally the 200 Individual Medley, coming home 6th also in a new personal best time

  • Thomas is pictured after his double medal winning performance in the 1500m Freestyle.

 

Lizzie Bryce picked up a brilliant Silver Medal for a 2nd Place finish in the girls 11 Years 50m Fly lowering her previous best time by almost 5 seconds in the process. This was an outstanding achievement for Lizzie in her first Liverpool and District Championships.

16 Year Old Nikita Jackson put in a double bronze medal winning performance taking 3rd Place in the 200m Individual Medley and 100m Breaststroke.

Whilst further Bronze medals were achieved by Ellie Jo Hughes in the Girls 11 Years 50m Fly; Daniel Buckley in the Boys 10 Years 50m Breaststroke in a new personal best time; Tom Craig in the Boys 13 Years 100m Breaststroke also in a new personal best time; whilst Tom Hough also claimed Bronze in the boys 16 Years 200m Breaststroke in an impressive new personal best time of 2.47.90 some 6 seconds inside his previous record for this event.

There were also commemorative pennant awards for top eight finishes in each event and these went to: Daniel Buckley, (6th - 200m Breaststroke, 5th - 200m Freestyle), Nikita Jackson (5th - 100m Freestyle), Eleanor Donald (5th  - 400m Freestyle), Ellie Jo Hughes (6th - 50m Breaststroke, 5th -100m Individual Medley, 7th  - 50m Freestyle, and 5th -50m Backstroke), Tom Craig (7th - 100m Freestyle), Tom Hough (8th - 100m Freestyle, 4th 200m Individual Medley, and 5th - 100m Breaststroke), Taylor Tout (7th - 50m Breaststroke), and Sam Craig (8th - 50m Breaststroke).

Throughout the championships swimmers clocked new Personal Best Times and these were achieved by: Daniel Buckley (200m Breaststroke, 200m Individual Medley and 200m Freestyle - 27 seconds inside his previous best time), Eleanor Donald (100m Fly, 200m Individual Medley, 100m 200m and 400m Freestyle - some 27 seconds inside her previous best time for this event), Sam Craig (50m Freestyle), Ellie Jo Hughes (50m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle and 200 Individual Medley - some 10 seconds inside her previous best), Ceris Breckell (100m Breaststroke), Tom Craig (100m Freestyle),  Alison Steele (100m Fly, 100m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle), Sam Clayton (50m Breaststroke), and Tom Hough (200m Individual Medley).

There were also excellent individual performances from Laura Gorry and Chloe Doolan whilst Morgan Grady, Leanne Clarke, Ellie Newby, Sarah Lou Banner and Liam Sheeran had fine performances as part of the Open Medley and Free team Relay events.

  • Pictured: Halton SC Junior Swimmers with their awards from the Liverpool and District Swimming Championships.

Well done to all who took part an excellent set of results.

Higher quality photo images are available if required.

PP.  Neil F

Halton SC News Update - 11th February 2013

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Staffordshire ASA Junior Inter County Invitation Swimming Gala 2013 - Fenton Manor, Stoke on Trent

11 Year Old Halton swimmer Will Woodward represented Cheshire County Swimming & Water Polo Association at the Staffordshire ASA Junior Inter County Swimming Gala at Fenton Manor complex in Stoke On Trent on Sunday 3rd February 2013. Swimming for Cheshire against Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Leicestershire Will did himself and Halton proud in winning a superb Bronze medal for the 50m Freestyle event in 30.4- just outside his personal best time.

Will was also selected in the 4 x 50m Medley and Freestyle team relays and helped Cheshire into Second place overall at the end of the Gala.

Gala Result:

1st Warwickshire ASA 197 Points, 2nd Cheshire ASA 163 Points, 3rd Leicestershire ASA 134 Points, 4th Worcestershire ASA 133 Points, 5th Staffordshire ASA 129 Points.

 

Warrington Dolphins Long Distance Swimming Championships (1500m) 2013

Halton sent a strong team to the Warrington Dolphins 1500m Championships held at the Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub on Saturday 2nd February 2013.

They achieved a superb set of results claiming the Boys Junior Championship, Junior Girls Championship and the mixed Junior 12 and under Championship.

15 Year Old Thomas Roberts clinchéd the Junior Boys Championship with an excellent swim in coming home in just under 19 minutes and warming up nicely for the Liverpool ad District Swimming Championships. A super swim by 13 Year Old Joe Mannion earned a second place finish and a 1-2 for Halton in this event. Joe finished in just under 26 minutes. A brilliant achievement.

Halton then went one better in the Junior Girls Championship with Thomas’ sister, 14 Year Old Sarah Roberts claiming the Junior girls Championship in a superb personal best time of 21 minutes 50 seconds whilst Halton also took second place through 15 Year Old Lisa Bazley who finished in 24 minutes 16 seconds whilst third place was grabbed by 12 Year Old Zahra Groves in 24 minutes 48 seconds. An excellent 1-2-3 for Halton.

Finishing off an excellent evening 10 Year Old Ami Lee Mannion was first home in the mixed junior 12 Years an Under event. Ami finished the 750m course in 12 minutes 41 seconds a full minute ahead of the second placed swimmer.

Joe and Amy

Also Pictured: Thomas and Sarah Roberts collecting their Championship awards at the Warrington Dolphins event.

 

Well done all. PP. Neil F

Halton SC News Update - 4th February 2013

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Halton SC News Update - 26th January 2013

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