The ASA National Summer Championships 2016 ended with Dorset swimmers bringing home a total of six English Nationals medals, two gold and four silver. The five days of competition for swimmers ranked nationally 25-44 in their age group and event began on 1 August with Dorset swimmers competing from Bournemouth Collegiate SC, Christchurch Seagulls SC, Poole SC and Swim Bournemouth.
The fifth and final day of the ASA National Summer Championships 2016 produced three medals for Dorset swimmers. Ella Chown (BCS) finished first in both heats and finals of the 12/13 years 50m Butterfly in times of 29.43 and 29.16 to take gold, while in the 17/overs Madison Kemp (Poole) qualified first in 28.70 and second in the final in 28.64 to earn a silver medal. Knocking three seconds plus off his entry time in the 13/14 years 200m Backstroke to qualify in second place on 2:18.55, Swim Bournemouth’s Oliver Fairman again finished in second place in the final on 2:17.07 to earn a silver medal. In the 15 years 50m Butterfly Jack Arnell (BCS) qualified in tenth place on 28.46 to finish in ninth on 27.96.
The busiest day for Dorset so far with nine swimmers reaching finals, five of those making their mark in 50m Breaststroke, and ending with a gold medal for Izzy Pryce (BCS) who finished first and PB’d in both heats and finals (15 years) of that event in 34.49 and 34.27. In the next age group up, Charlotte James (BCS) qualified and finished in seventh place on 35.44 and 35.01 respectively, while in the boys 16 years Kelvin Wong (Swim Bournemouth) achieved eighth then seventh place with 32.24 and 31.89, Poole’s Luke Roxburgh (17 years) tenth then ninth place in 31.29 and 31.25 and, in the 18/overs, Jamie Holmes (BCS) finished sixth and fifth on 30.25 and 29.85 respectively. Swim Bournemouth’s 100m Backstroker Oliver Fairman (13/14 years) achieved eighth in both heats and finals with 1:04.97 and 1:05.01, while Henry Stanbrook (17 years) took sixth and ninth place with 1:00.98 and 1:00.89 in the same event. Also from Swim Bournemouth, Savannah Barman qualified tenth in the 17/over 200m Butterfly with 2:30.59 to finish in ninth place with a time of 2:28.89, while in the 16 years 100m Freestyle Poole’s Thea O’Keefe placed tenth then eighth with times of 1:00.57 and 1:00.44.
A second silver medal and more personal bests for Dorset swimmers. BCS’ Ben Samuel qualified first in the 15 years 100m Freestyle with a time of 55.29 to PB in the final on 55.18 and take the silver medal. In the 50m Backstroke Swim Bournemouth’s Henry Stanbrook (17 years) and Amy Brown (12/13 years) both PB’d in heats and finals, with Henry clocking up sixth place on both occasions with times of 28.20 and 28.04 and Amy achieving eighth and tenth placings in 32.45 and 32.37 respectively.
An all-girls day for Dorset. Ella Chown (BCS) qualified second in the heats of the 12/13 years 100m Butterfly on 1:06.89, finishing fourth with a PB of 1:06.45, while in the 17/overs Poole’s Madison Kemp qualified third with a PB of 1:03.18 to finish fifth in the final in 1:03.74. Jasmine McCrea (Poole) was back in the pool for the 15 years 200m Breaststroke qualifying seventh in 2:48.91 and PB’ing in the final to finish fourth on 2:44.97.
A silver medal and some huge personal bests marked the start of the National Summer Championships 2016 for Dorset swimmers. Qualifying fifth in 1:16.89 for the 16 years 100m Breaststroke, Charlotte James (BCS) PB’d in the final with 1:15.42 to take the silver medal. In the same event Abi Manns (Swim Bournemouth) finished tenth in both heats and finals with times of 1:18.31 and a PB of 1:17.82 respectively. In the 400m Individual Medley both Oliver Fairman (Swim Bournemouth) and Jasmine McCrea (Poole) clocked up big PBs with Oliver knocking off nearly five seconds to qualify seventh on 5:01.88 and Jasmine knocking off six and half seconds to qualify fourth in 5:11.22. Finals placings were ninth for Oliver (13/14 years) with 5:07.04 while Jasmine (15 years) finished in sixth place on 5:13.37. Theo O’Keefe (Poole) qualified first in a PB of 2:07.37 in the 16 years 200m Freestyle to finish in fourth place in the final in 2:08.11.