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2017 Dorset Inter-County team announced

August 15, 2017   By

The Dorset team for the 2017 National Inter-County Team Competition has been  announced as follows. Bournemouth Collegiate: Claudia Ashford, Alex Bryant, Ella Chown, Honor Davies, Alex Palotai-Avella, Charlotte James, Ben Samuel, Christian Tai, Finn Trehane, Kayla van der Merwe. Clayesmore: Rebecca Holden. Poole: Robbie Hemmings, Jasmine McCrea, Thea O’Keefe, Jacob Peters, Henry Stevens. Seagulls: Poppy Cordell-Thompson, Isaac Ellis, Sam Small. Swim Bournemouth: Amy Brown, Oliver Fairman, Alan Szczasiuk, Kelvin Wong. West Dorset: Lauren McRobbie.

Pathway to Podium

August 10, 2017   By

A revamped Talent Pathway booklet has been published which outlines Swim England plans to provide a clear route for development for swimmers aged from 11 years to international level. At the starting point are County Associations which have been asked to run training camps for 11 year olds and working on stroke development.  In the South West Devon, Dorset, Gloucester and Somerset were able to get these camps up and running in 2017, with Cornwall and Wiltshire planning to join the programme in 2018.

In Dorset, thirty six swimmers comprising 13 boys and 23 girls were selected for the programme following the 2017 County Championships. So far, County Pathway camps have been held in April and June and with the third and final camp scheduled for 1 October. All camps have been held at Dorchester Sports Centre.

Regions were tasked with running camps for 12 year olds and focussing on starts, turns and finishes. In the South West  thirty six swimmers, with 18 girls and 18 boys participating, were selected from rankings. The camps, which will all be held at Oxley Leisure Centre in Sherborne, Dorset will be a mixture of pool work, pre and post pool exercises, land training and talks covering nutrition and psychology. The first Regional camp took place on 16 July, with the second due to take place in October. Dorset swimmers selected were Finley Chandler (Poole), Lawrence Elliott (Seagulls), Molly Goddard (Poole) and Charlie Rowe (Tornadoes).

The next stage of development is known as Phase 1 where a smaller cohort of swimmers will be invited. These camps, which will be run by Swim England, will be a mixture of swimmers from more than one region and will be held in various parts of the country. Phase 2 includes an overseas camp and is followed by Phase 3 and 2024 – all of which are run by England Programmes and lead into British Swimming’s World Class Podium Potential and then World Class Podium.

As all swimmers develop at different rates, some may follow the path right through from bottom to top but many others will dip in and out of the programme, or even start part way up. For further information on the Swim England Talent Pathway click here.


Promotion for South West’s water polo girls

August 7, 2017   By

Congratulations go to West Dorset’s Poppy Elliman who, as part of the Swim England South West Under 16 Girls Water Polo Team, competed in Division 2 of the Inter-Regional Competition held on 8-9 July in Liverpool resulting in the team’s promotion to Division 1.

Over the weekend, the South West girls successfully won all of their matches and which culminated in a thrilling final match against a well-organised Ireland. The final score of South West 4 Ireland 3 came after a nail biting battle.  Coach Simon Tomlinson commented, “All members of the team played amazing water polo and most importantly they successfully played as a team. The team was led by Amy Berry from Cheltenham, with the vice-captain Lily-May Girvin from Exeter and most valued player awarded to Jasmine Coleman from Devonport.  All members of the team have great potential for the future and did the South West proud”. Good luck to the team in Division 1 next year!

Dorset swimmers Emanuele Celardo and Jacob O‘Hara from Seagulls and West Dorset’s George Green and Luke Wheeler were also selected for the South West’s Under 16s team, which finished fourth in the boys competition.

Photo (Steve Gallagher): Poppy Elliman (fourth from left) and the Swim England South West Under 16s celebrate promotion to Division 1.

Swim England National Water Festival 2017

August 4, 2017   By

Swim England’s annual National Water Festival, which incorporates the Swim England Open Water Masters and Swim England Open Water Age Groups Championships, again took place this year at South Yorkshire’s Rother Valley Country Park on 30-31 July with a record number of 19 swimmers from six Dorset clubs competing and ending in one Age Group and two Masters medals plus another six top ten placings.

Day one brought two medals for Dorset with Littledown Masters’ Cathy Hartle and Anne Stuhlmacher of Poole SC both winning Masters Championships medals in their respective age groups in the 3km event. A time of 48:04.25 secured a gold for Cathy in the 55-59 years age group while Anne finished in silver position with a time of 44:08.40 in the 35-39 years. There was a top ten placing for Ali Pickford (Clayesmore), finishing fifth in the 45-49 years age group in a time of 57:01.98.

Day two and the Age Group Championships, with the younger swimmers competing in 1.5km (12-14 years), 3km (15-16 years) or 5km (17-19+ years) events according to age. The final medal of the Championships came from Bournemouth Collegiate’s Alex Palotai-Avella in the 13 years 1.5k event with a time of 19:06.39, finishing as runner-up to Tynemouth’s Lucy Hedley and bringing home a silver medal. In the same event, Ryan Symington (BCS) was just outside top ten placing, finishing 11th in the 14 years age group with a time of 18:38.30.

There were also plenty of top ten placings for Dorset with Poole swimmers Teagan-Mae Graham (38:32.77) and Thea O’Keefe (1:03.25.18) both finishing in sixth place in the 3km 16 years and 5km 17/18 years categories respectively, while in the 19+ years age group Swim Bournemouth’s Lucy Pearce (1:05:09.29), Kathleen Baker (1:05:16.13) and Jordan Young (1:04:39.29) finished in seventh, eighth and tenth place respectively. Competing clubs were BCS, Clayesmore, Littledown Masters, Poole, Seagulls and Swim Bournemouth.

Photos: Littledown Masters’ Cathy Hartle (left) and right, Alex Palotai-Avella with Ryan Symington from Bournemouth Collegiate. 

British Summer Championships 2017

July 26, 2017   By

The British Summer Nationals 2017 at Pond’s Forge, Sheffield ended on 30 July with Dorset swimmers bringing home nine British Nationals medals – two gold, four silver and three bronze – as well as Dorset County Long Course Records having been broken. Dorset clubs with swimmers competing were Bournemouth Collegiate, Poole, Seagulls, Swim Bournemouth, Wareham and West Dorset, ranked nationally 1 to 24 in their age group and event. 


Day 1:

The first day of the British Summer Nationals saw nine swimmers from four Dorset clubs taking part and resulting in the first medal of the competition from Bournemouth Collegiate’s Kayla van der Merwe placing third in the heats of the 15 years 50m Breaststroke (34.09) and then earning a bronze medal with a finals time of 33.68. BCS swimmers Finn Trehane and Alex Bryant also made finals in the 15 years age group with Finn placing eighth in 100m Breaststroke and finishing fifth in the final with a PB of 1:08.19, and Alex placing ninth in 50m Backstroke and tenth in the final with PB of 28.69.


Day 2:

Another busy day in the pool resulting in two medals and new County Records for Dorset. Despite being in full training for the World Junior Championships in Indianapolis in August, Poole’s Jacob Peter gave an impressive performance in the 17/18 years 200m Butterfly placing first in the heats less than .05 off his personal best with a time of 2:01.01 and then earning a silver medal with a Finals time of 2:01.63. Jasmine Mc Crea (Poole) achieved a similarly upbeat performance in the 16 years 50m Butterfly, placing first in the heats and also taking a silver medal with a new Senior and Junior County Record time of 27.24. BCS swimmer Kayla van der Merwe was back in the pool for the 200m Breaststroke, going into the final in ninth place and finishing just outside the 15 years medals with a PB of 2:38.09. Finn Trehane (BCS) set new PBs in both heats and finals of the 15 years 50m Breaststroke placing tenth (31.93) then finishing seventh with a time of 31.31. In the 15 years 100m Backstroke Oliver Fairman (Swim Bournemouth) came fifth in the heats with a PB of 1:00.48, a placing he held on to in the final (1:00.49). 


Day 3:

A quieter day for Dorset with just three swimmers competing but ending with Jasmine McCrea (Poole) dominating the 16 years 50m Freestyle, finishing first in the heats and going on to break her own Junior County Record in the final (26.15) to bring home the gold medal. 


Day 4:

Back in the pool for 17/18 years 100m Butterfly, Jacob Peters (Poole) made his mark by placing first in the heats (54.45) and finishing in silver place (54.34) while having achieved PBs in both and setting new Senior County Records at the same time. In the 16 years 100m Freestyle Jasmine McCrea (Poole) improved her sixth placing in the heats to win the bronze medal with a PB of 57.59. Christian Tai (BCS) went into the final of the 16 years 100m Butterfly in first place with a PB of 58.23 and finished fourth with a further PB of 57.47. Finn Trehane (BCS) also gave an impressive performance in the 15 years 200 Breaststroke, holding on to his seventh heats placing in the final (2:30.50) while PB’ing in both and having knocked three and half seconds from entry time. 


Day 5:

Day 5 resulted in some great swims and plenty of PBs for Dorset swimmers but just Poole girls team of Fiona Hardy, Thea O’Keefe, Leonie Wiehle and Jasmine McCrea reaching the final of the 17/over 4 x 100m Freestyle, placing eighth in the heats with a time of 3:57.25 and finishing national ninth in 3:58.84. 


Day 6:

An exceptionally good day for Dorset swimmers! Last day of the British Summer Nationals and Kayla van der Merwe (BCS) was out to make her mark to finish on a high note. Matching her entry time of 1:15.04 and placing ninth in the heats of the 15 years 100m Breaststroke, Kayla really turned up the pressure in a fast final and taking everyone by surprise, including the cameramen filming the finish, powered up the outer lanes to take the gold medal with an impressive three second PB time of 1:12.03, almost one second ahead of the competition. Poole’s Jasmine McCrea and Jacob Peters also finished the last day of the competition with medal-winning, record-breaking performances. A bronze medal and new Junior County Record went to Jasmine for a time of 1:01.32 in the 16 years 100m Butterfly final while Jacob clocked up a PB and new Senior County Record of 24.51 in the 17/18 years 50m Butterfly to take the silver medal. The fourth and final medal of the day came from Swim Bournemouth’s Oliver Fairman who placed third in both heats and finals to bring home the bronze with a PB of 2:08.41 in the 15 years  200m Backstroke. Ella Chown (BCS) also placed tenth in both heats and finals of the 13/14 years 100m Butterfly (1:05.35).

Photo: A well-deserved national gold medal for Kayla van der Merwe, Bournemouth Collegiate.