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British Summer Nationals 2016

July 28, 2016   By


 Day 4:

Following on from his success in the 200m Butterfly, Poole’s Jacob Peters gave a repeat performance in the 16 years 100m Butterfly by finishing first in the heats in a time of 55.87 and taking his second gold medal of the competition in a time of 55.62 in the final. Harriet Perfect qualified for the 16 years 200m Backstroke final in tenth place with a time of 2:22.03, improving her placing in the final to seventh in 2:20.03.

Day 3:

A quieter day for Dorset swimmers and coaches with just Alice Tai (BCS) and the Poole 17 years 800m Freestyle team competing. In the Women’s MC 100m Freestyle Alice finished in sixth place with a time of 1:04.40 while Poole’s girls Jasmine Holmes, Madison Kemp, Leonie Wiehle and Emily Clarke produced a team effort of 8:45.22 to finish in 14th nationally.

Day 2:

Three medals and a further three new County Records for Dorset swimmers on Day 2 of the British Summer Nationals. Jacob Peters (Poole) qualified in first place in the 200m Butterfly, going on to win a gold medal in the 16 years final with a Dorset Junior Record breaking time of 2:02.98. Qualifying in second place in the 15 years 50m Butterfly with a time of 28.48 and setting a new Dorset Junior Record in that event, Poole’s Jasmine McCrea then went on to break that record again with a bronze medal swim and a time of 27.99 in the final. The third and final medal of Day 2 went to Finn Trehane (BCS) who qualified fourth in the 13/14 years 50m Breaststroke with a time of 32.25, further improving his time to 32.02 in the final to finish in bronze position. BCS competitor Kayla van der Merwe (BCS) was also on impressive form. Qualifying in tenth place of the 13/14 years 200m Breaststroke with a time of 2:44.44, Kayla went to finish in fourth place with a time of 2:40.55. In the Women’s MC 100m Backstroke, Alice Tai (BCS) also finished in fourth place in both heats and finals with times of 1:10.32 and 1:08.93.

Day 1:

Day 1 of the British Summer Nationals resulted in a bronze medal for two Dorset swimmers and the long course Male Senior and Junior County Records for 50m Backstroke being broken. Jacob Peters (Poole) qualified in first place in the 16 years 50m Backstroke, knocking over a second from his previous records with a time of 26.59, and going on to finish in third place with a time of 26.64 in the final. A second bronze went to Alice Tai (BCS) in the Women’s MC 100m Butterfly with a time of 1:09.45. Two other BCS swimmers also recorded impressive performances and new personal bests. Kayla van der Merwe qualified in second place for the final of the 13/14 years 50m Breaststroke with a time of 34.06, and finishing in fourth place with a time of 33.85. In the 13/14 years 100m Breaststroke Finn Trehane finished in fifth place in both heats and finals with times of 1:11.70 and 1:09.48 respectively.

ASA National Open Water Festival 2016

July 27, 2016   By

The ASA’s inaugural National Open Water Festival took place at South Yorkshire’s Rother Valley Country Park last weekend, with fourteen Age Group and Masters swimmers from Dorset heading north to participate in the event. The two-day Festival incorporates the ASA National Open Water Masters and Age Group Championships as well as a new 1,500m Challenge event with Masters competing in 1.5k and 3k events and age groupers going head to head across 1.5k, 3k, and 5k distances.

Following her double gold success in the 19+ years age group at the ASA SouthWest and Dorset County ASA Open Water Championships in June, Poole’s Emily Clarke added silver to her open water medal collection by finishing second in the Girls 19+ years 5k event with a time of 1:06.55, while Swim Bournemouth’s Alexandra Palotai-Avella’s first national open water competition resulted in a bronze medal for a time of 20.43 in the Girls 12 yrs 1.5k event.

Dorset’s qualifiers were: East Dorset Open Water – Clare Jevons, Dave Pratten; Poole – Emily Clarke, Jessica Kelleway, Maralyn Lewis, Thea O’Keefe, Liam Openshaw, Ben Porter; Swim Bournemouth – Savannah Barman, Toby Kitchener, Alexandra Palotai-Avella; Seagulls – Miles Ward; Tornadoes of South Dorset – Eve Hewett; West Dorset – Amie Buttle.





Hello Rio!

May 16, 2016   By


Having achieved the nomination standard for Rio at Tollcross, it has been announced today that Alice Tai of Bournemouth Collegiate has been selected for the ParalympicsGB team going to Rio later this year. Many congratulations Alice on your selection for your first Paralympic Games!!!

Glasgow 2016

May 16, 2016   By

At this year’s British Championships and Para-Swimming International Meet held at Tollcross, Dorset was represented by a small group of swimmers from Poole SC and Bournemouth Collegiate, together with four of our County referees. The quartet of British Champs swimmers – Senior Fiona Hardie and Juniors Jasmine Holmes, Harriet Perfect and Jacob Peters – all from Poole SC and a record number of qualifiers for the club, while Alice Tai of BCS was Dorset’s representative at the British Para-Swimming International Meet.

For the swimmers, as well as selection for the Olympic Team, the aim for the Juniors was to qualify for the European Junior Team going to Hungary later in the year. Both Harriet and Jacob qualified for European Junior Finals, with Harriet finishing fourth in 200m Backstroke with a time of 2:17.96 and Jacob finishing second (100m Butterfly) and (200m Butterfly) with times of 55.13 and 2:04.48 respectively, both of which are new Dorset County Records. Both Jasmine (200m Freestyle) and Fiona (100m Butterfly) also improved their national rankings.

At the Para-Swimming, Alice was equally successful finishing in third place in 100m Butterfly (1:10.69), fourth place 100m Backstroke (1:09.14) and in ninth/tenth place for 50m Freestyle (30.75) and 100m Freestyle (1:05.68) respectively.

From our officials, Jill Beard was selected to officiate at the British Championships, while Steve Meter (Weymouth), Sue Podger and Tracey Roberts (both West Dorset) officiated at the Para-Swimming event.


Lake Geneva challenge for Weyport Masters

April 13, 2016   By

Weyport Masters 2016(1)

Weyport Masters’ Julia Aston and Kate Mason have become the first female duo to swim the length of Lake Geneva, and only the second people in history to have swum the whole length of the lake.

Swimming for two hours at a time with support boat alongside, the two-person relay began at the Chateau de Chillon Castle situated off the eastern coastline of the lake, and ended at the Parch des Bains in Geneva. The 44 mile challenge was completed in 28 hours 12 minutes.

Monies raised through sponsorship helped purchase a VHF radio for Osprey Leisure Centre with the remainder being donated to a charity for research into Huntington Disease.

Photo: (l-r) Julia Aston, Nigel Williams (General Manager, Osprey LC) and Kate Mason