ASA Dorset County Championships 2016
Seagulls took a flock of 39 swimmers ? to the 2016 Dorset County Championships at the Littledown Centre over the weekends of Feb 20th/21st & 27th/28th.
We managed between 12 swimmers to fly 58 medals back to Christchurch, famous for being the home of the Seagulls. One 3rd place Senior Championship title and two 2nd place Junior Championship titles. We also had 2 relay teams bring back 2 podium finishes ?!
There has been some changes in the way they run the County Championships, having finals for the 50’s and 100’s and the placings in the heats not earning medals apart from the 10 year age group.
Miles ? Ward
In 13 year age group Miles ‘100’ Ward steals the headlines for Seagulls winning 5 Gold medals, the distance specialist won the 400m Individual Medley with a staggering 15 second personal best 5:19.16, the 400m Freestyle with an 8 second pb in 4:38.78, in the 200m distance he won the Butterfly 2:37.88 5 seconds off his previous best, Freestyle 3 second lifetime pb 2:13.09 and Backstroke a whopping 10 second personal best in 2.37.10. Master Ward also collected silver in the 200m Individual Medley in another 10 second personal best 2:35.00. Miles last but not least, also took home two Bronze medals in the 200m Breaststroke 3.00.49, the biggest personal best of them all, an 18 second improvement. 100m Butterfly in one of the closest races of the weekend where 0.07 split the top three Miles bagging the bronze in 1:09.83 where he took 3 seconds off of his heat time which was a personal best too. Marvellous swimming from Miles aka ?!
‘Magic’ Emily McWilliam ?
Emily McWilliam was absolutely magic over the past two weekends, not only winning all the freestyle events comfortably but with a touch of class cleaning up in the 11 year old age group. Holding dolphin kicks on her starts and turns. She swam personal bests in the 200m Freestyle, taking off 13 seconds 2:37.92 and in the 400m Freestyle a huge 16 second best 5:31.67. Emily swam lifetime bests in the heats for the 50m and 100m Freestyle and managed to go another second faster in the 50m final, 32.73. In the 100m she was just outside her personal best heat swim of 1.12.82 an excellent display throughout. She snatched one Silver medal in the 50m Backstroke in a close final, picking it up another second from the heat again in a time of 39.19. Having swum personal best swims in all her races she managed to brag four more Bronze medals, 200m Backstroke in a 6 second pb, another 6 second improvement from heat to final in the 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1:39.08. McWilliam picked up three seconds from her 100m Butterfly heat to the final in 1:37.38 with her 3rd bronze. 100m Backstroke was her final Bronze, a 6 second personal best in the heat and then taking off just under a second in the final 1:25.26. Magical McWilliam, Well done.
‘Mighty’ Max Weeks ?
Max Weeks in the 14 year age group grinned with glee winning three Golds, the 50m Freestyle in a new short course personal best in 26.02 which also landed him in joint second spot in the Junior Championship. He also finished 2nd in the Junior Championship for the 200m Butterfly in a 6 second personal best 2:33.47 winning his own age group by 13 seconds. His final top spot finish came in the 100m freestyle where he led from start to finish swimming a 57.88, a new personal best and 1 second step up from the heat. Max added 5 Silver medals to his tally, a two second pb in the 200m freestyle, 2:09.38. His 4 other Silver medals were all personal bests and he managed to slice of some splits in the finals too, 50m Butterfly 28.17, 100m Butterfly 2 second heat personal best and stepped up another two seconds in the final swimming a 1:03.56. The 100m Individual Medley he sliced off 0.13 from the heat going 1:09.16 and his 50m Breaststroke where he came so close to breaking the 35 second barrier in 35.02. Max finished his medal collection with more personal bests, taking off 4 seconds in his 200m Individual Medley 2:29.99 and two seconds in his 400m Freestyle, 4:43.56.
‘Insane’ Isaac Ellis ?
11 year old Isaac swimming in the 12 year age group, picked up a medley of medals, 12 in total, not bad at all from one of the youngest in the bracket. He picked up his Gold medal in the 100m Butterfly, taking of 4 seconds in total from heat to the final 1:13.51. In some really tightly contested races over both weekends, Isaac stole 5 Silver medals, all swims coming in personal best fashion. His biggest improvement came in the 200m Breaststroke, 13 seconds off to earn silver in 3:08.99, not far behind in the 200m Freestyle he came home in a 7 second new best 2:23.68. In the 400m Freestyle he smashed 9 seconds off his previous best to a 5:03.26. In the finals for the 100m freestyle and 50m Butterfly it came right down to the wire where he managed to step up from his heat pb’s to go 1:05.37 and 32.94. Adding to his Gold and Silver medals he boasted 6 Bronze’s. The Individual Medleys were where he took 9 seconds off in the 200m swimming a 2:42.08 and just outside his heat pb in the 100m final, 1.18.91 his faster of the two times. In the 50m and 100m Breaststroke ‘Insane’ picked it up from heats to finals yet again, taking off 1 second in the 100m in 1:31.62 and the 50m 0.46 in a time of 40.20. Ellis in the final of the 100 Backstroke went a second quicker again grabbing 3rd spot in 1:17.25 and where he nearly cracked the 30 second barrier in the 50m Freestyle swimming 30.02 in the heat and going just outside in the final where he came third by a whisker. Incredible Isaac, INSANE!
‘Extraordinary’ Edward Jaszek ?
‘Extraordinary’ Ed Jaszek took home 8 medals, Four Silver and 4 Bronze. The Breaststroke boy managed second place, Silver in all 3 Breaststroke events. The 200m where he secured a 12 second personal best in a time of 3:26.77, again Silver for the 100m taking off another 2 seconds from his heat display in 1:35.56 and in the 50m stepping up to the plate with another second off his heat pb swimming a 43.64. His final silver came in the 100m Butterfly, after and strong heart swim sliced another 2 seconds off to go 1:31.98. In his remaining medals, being able to brag a 15 second pb in the 400m Freestyle, 5:35.29. He etched off 8 seconds off in the 200m Backstroke earning third in a time of 3:07.64. He managed another big personal best swim in the 200m Individual medley, 5 seconds a lifetime best in 3.04.33. Last but not least Jaszek swiped third spot in the 100m IM in a 1:27.58. Superb swimming from the ‘Extraordinary’ Edward!
Bethan O’Hara ?
In one of the toughest age groups the 17 and overs, Bethan did herself proud yet again, a lifetime best in the 400m Individual medley, 5:02.88 an official 5 second personal best winning third in her age group and in the Senior Championships. Bethan bagged three more Bronze medals to her tally both being personal bests, in the 200m Backstroke 2:23.67 shaving off a second and in the 100m Breaststroke final, again slicing off another second in 1.16.80. Her last Bronze came in the 200m Individual Medley, just outside her best in 2:25.03. After literally a collection of personal best swims over the two weekends carrying a nasty cough Bethan, displaying a professional approach and a brilliant role model for the young Seagulls team.
Jacob O’Hara ✌
13 year old Jacob O’Hara, picked up a Silver medal in the 200m Butterfly with a two second all-time best. Finishing in a 2:50.87. A silver souvenir from the weekends racing, Good job Jake!
Lara Hancock ?
Little Lara Hancock managed a Silver medal in the 10 years age group, swimming a 54.04 in the Breaststroke sprint event, 50m. Well done Lara.
Lawrence Elliot ?
Lawrence in the 11 years won two Bronze medals for his efforts in the Breaststroke events. A massive 5 second best in the 200m Breaststroke distance event, going 3.33.85 for his 3rd spot. Again in the 100m Breaststroke he bagged Bronze in a final where he stepped up a second from his heat personal best swimming a 1:39.88. Super stuff Lawrence, keep it up.
Abigail Richardson ?
Miss Richardson won a bronze medal to top off some serious swims over both weekends, just outside her personal best in the 200m Butterfly which won her third spot on the podium. Well done, some silver wear to top off some real solid swims.
Ellen Broadfield ?
Speedy Ellen Broadfield went home with a medal in the 50m Breaststroke in a time of 35.85 just scrapping outside her lifetime best in the 16 year old age group.
James Richardson ?
James in the 200m Breaststroke secured third spot in the 200m Breaststroke in the 14 years of age bracket with a 3 second personal best in a time of 2:51.81. Really good Master Richardson.
12/Under Boys Relays ?
Last but most definitely not least, a massive well done to the 12 and Under boys, the Freestyle and Medley relay races which both teams consisted of the same swimmers, in both the relays claiming third spot in the county so huge well done to the quartet of Edward Jaszek, Daniel Staples, Flynn Denman and Isaac Ellis.
A huge well done to all the Seagulls who swam and I am sure we had around a 90% personal best swim rate, I would love to mention all and every single one of you but time won’t allow so.
From such a small squad of swimmers we really punch above our weight in comparison to other Dorset Teams who put nearly double our amount of swimmers.