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ASA National Winter Meet 2015

January 5, 2016   By

This year saw the first ASA National Winter Championships since 1999, the flagship event of the year to end the new designated short course season and, in a striking demonstration of the quality of the meet, an array of British Records were felled one after another. Long standing as well as newer records were broken. Plymouth Leander’s Ben Proud took the 50m Freestyle record held by Mark Foster since 2001 in a time of 20.74 and became the first British swimmer to go sub 22 seconds while 16 year old Imogen Clark (Derventio) swam 50m Breaststroke in 30.02 to claim the record held by BCS coach Zoe Baker since 2001. In a fast pool and with an electric atmosphere, how would Dorset’s qualifiers shape up to the competition?

At the end of the four days of competition, Dorset’s swimmers did not disappoint – the results were spectacular. The Dorset tally included two impressive new Junior British Records for 100m Butterfly and 50m Butterfly (producing new English, ASA SouthWest and DCASA records too) as well as five Junior Gold medals from Poole’s Jacob Peters, together with two new DCASA Senior Records and a further nine DCASA Junior Records broken by Poole swimmers Jacob Peters, Harriet Perfect and Jasmine McCrea. The full story can be found on the PSC website.

National Inter-County Masters Championships 2015

December 3, 2015   By

At this year’s regional Inter-County Masters gala the Dorset team finished equal second with Devon, representing Dorset’s best ever result for Dorset in this competition, and just five points behind Gloucestershire who won the ASASW Masters Inter-County for the first time since 1997.

Dorset Masters had 15 race wins and 23 second places, finishing in the top two for more than half of the 68 events. Final points totals were: Gloucestershire 308, Dorset 303, Devon 303, Wiltshire 200, Somerset 160, and Cornwall 124.

Hoping that the regional results would translate into a good result in the national competition, the team was not disappointed. The Dorset Masters team finished in seventh place overall out of 28 counties, which is not only Dorset’s best-ever national result by three places but, once all points had been calculated, pushed Dorset into first place of the South West counties for the first time, ahead of Devon and regional winners Gloucestershire who finished nationally in tenth place.

In the national showdown, Dorset also clocked up three national wins from Nigel Foster in the 65+ 50m Backstroke, Julia Kemp in the 65+ 50m Butterfly and Hannah Wiltshire in the 25+ 50m Breaststroke. Julia was also second in the 65+ 50m Backstroke and Hannah third in the 18+ 50m Breaststroke which she swam just two minutes after having won the 25+ age group event. However the overall results was very much a team performance and credit goes to all of the swimmers.


ASA Aquatics Awards 2015

December 3, 2015   By

ASA Awards 2015The achievements of all those from across the aquatics community were celebrated at the ASA Aquatics Awards 2015 held on 14 November 2015 at the historic Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa.
Split into 19 categories the Awards honoured the commitment and achievements of individuals, facilities and schools involved in aquatics and, as the ceremony drew to a close, the spotlight fell on Dorset’s own 81 year old Gordon Smart from Poole SC (centre) who received the prestigious gold ASA Services to Aquatics Award for his unwavering support and contribution to the sport for over 40 years. The Awards were presented by British Diver and Commonwealth bronze medallist in the 3m Synchro, Freddie Woodward.

Catch up with the post-presentation interview with Gordon on You Tube

National Inter-County Championships 2015

December 3, 2015   By

October saw all the Counties from England, Wales and Scotland converge on Ponds Forge in Sheffield to compete in the prestigious National Inter-County Championships, a competition with archived results back to 1974. Dorset had finished fourth in Division 2 in 2014, joining Worcester, Suffolk and Devon in gaining promotion to Division 1, so the aim of coaches Barry Alldrick (Poole) and Adam Parfitt (Bournemouth Collegiate) was for Dorset to stay in Division 1 and break Dorset’s habit of yo-yo’ing between divisions on an annual basis.

After the first six events with swimmers stepping up in rankings in every event so far, Dorset had started strongly and were at a gala highest of eighth in Division 1. Swims from Poole’s Jacob Peters, who won the 14/15years 100m Butterfly in a Dorset Junior Record of 56.58, and BCS’s Finn Trehane finishing second in the 12/13 years 100m Breaststroke with a PB of 1:09.86 contributed to these high points. Kayla Van Der Merwe (BCS) also made the top ten in the 12/13 years 100m Breaststroke with a PB of 1:17.71.

The Dorset team impressively racked up many personal bests, but had to wait a further ten events before making the top ten again, and this came in the Boys 14/15 Medley Relay team of Poole’s Jacob Peters, Swim Bournemouth’s Kelvin Wong and Bournemouth Collegiate’s Christian Tai and Ben Samuels. Jacob’s back stroke leg of 26.95 was enough to break his own Dorset Junior Record. At this point the team was now down to 19th place and in need of some more top ten finishes.
Over the next ten events, many more personal bests were gained along with a further three Dorset Records being lowered. Top ten finishes were earned by Finn Trehane gaining sixth place in the 12/13 years 100m Backstroke with another PB of 1:04.38, club mate Ben Samuels touched ninth in the 14/ 100m Freestyle in a PB of 54.94, with Zak Aitchison racing well to break the Dorset Senior Record to touch fifth in the 16/17 years 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1:04.88. Poole’s Harriet Perfect finished ninth to break her PB and the Dorset Junior 100m Backstroke record in the 14/15 years with a time of 1:03.56. Club mate Jacob Peters took his second win of the day and third Dorset Record in the 100m Backstroke in a time of 57.91. With just four events to go the team lay in 18th place.

The last four relays again saw some impressive times and step ups but no top ten finishes, meaning that Dorset finished 19th with 240 points. Fellow promoted counties from last year Worcestershire and Devon finished 18th and 20th respectively, along with 17th placed Scotland West to start the 2016 competition with Dorset in Division 2.

First time selection badges were awarded to: BCS – Ella Chown, Honor Davies, Zoe Gannaway, Lottie James, Kayla Van Der Merwe (BCS); Poole – Morgan Hiles, Jessica Kelleway, Jasmine McCrea, Alex Price, Guy Selwood; Seagulls – Bethan O’Hara, Max Weeks.

pee , beating  importantly to beat Dorset’s nick name of the ‘YOYO team’ for moving between divisions on a regular basis.
Poole’s Madison Kemp and Bournemouth Collegiate’s Zak Aitchison were selected as team Dorset Captains. One of the captain’s roles is to parade on poolside with all the other Counties. As Zak was in the second race requiring time to prepare, Swim Bournemouth’s Henry Stanbrook stepped in for Zak for this role to make a grand entrance to poolside with Madison to some impressive cheering by the rest of the team.

Special thanks go to Nadine Honeybun, current Dorset County ASA President, Chris Mills and Mandy Thomas for representing Dorset as Technical Officials, and Team Captain’s Madison Kemp (Poole) and Zak Aichitson (BCS).

Cross Channel Challenge

October 23, 2015   By

CHANNEL PICA record breaking Channel Relay Swim has been achieved by Dorset coaches Barry Alldrick and Glenn Bailey, together with Poole SC’s Danni Callahan. Initially scheduled for mid-September, the challenge was put on hold due to unfavourable weather conditions until 3 October, when the three-person team were eventually able to take to the water at 3am on Shakespeare Beach, Dover.

Having trained in every stretch of water from Steamer Point to Sandbanks, and along with members of local associations including Poole Lifesaving Open Water Swimmers and East Dorset Open Water SC, the team clocked up an impressive 7.2 miles on the first round of swims. The main focus on the second leg was to minimise the tidal pull to the east so that the team could hit the midpoint and then return west, keeping the ‘arc’ to a minimum. After the second round of swims the team had passed the half way point and the third leg provided clear water, allowing some big distances to be achieved as the three swimmers were pulled west towards Cap Gris Nez. Finishing in 10 hours and 32 minutes, the team was finally rewarded with the fastest time ever achieved by a British three-person relay.

Barry and Danni are now old hands at Channel swimming, having previously participated in a successful relay swim in 2008, but it’s a first (and hopefully memorable experience) for Glenn.

Thanks to the generosity of family, friends and well-wishers, the charity swim raised £800 for Boscombe Lifeguards and £740 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The team also expressed their gratitude to Stuart Gleeson, pilot of the Sea Leopard support boat, and to Swans Goggles, Dry Robe and Reckless Clothing for provision of kit.