Warriors enjoy Ponds Forge experience at Retford Gala!

A team of 42 Warriors travelled to Sheffield last Sunday to compete in the Retford Level 3 Open Meet held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. This proved to be a great experience for a number of the children who had never previously been to this pool, and they rose to the occasion superbly.

Medals were awarded for the top 6 places, and Warriors bought home a fantastic total of 67 medals despite very strong competition. For the top 3 places they secured 38 medals: 12 golds, 14 silver and 12 bronze.

The star performance on the day was undoubtedly provided by Caitlin Shingler, who won nine gold medals and 1 silver medal from her 10 races – a truly staggering performance! For the boys, the most consistent performance in terms of top 3 finishes came from Alex Watkinson (2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze).

Other medal winners on the day included Katie Bowater, Joe Buckley, Jess Burke, Beth Catchpole, Dominic Crawley, Matty Crawley, Thomas Ditchfield, Matthew Domville, Coral Farrell, Connor Healy, Erin Hesketh, Leah Myles-Socorro, Josh Radin, Amy Sanderson, Jonathan Skilling, Jack Smith and Daniel Thomas. There were also many PBs achieved across the board by Warriors swimmers, reflecting the continued hard work and effort of all swimmers who took part.

As always, the swimmers were a credit to the club and their town, and all deserve a huge well done for their efforts on the day


Warriors triumph at Age Group Champs - Manchester June 12

Warriors of Warrington SC have finished 1st in the 2012 British Gas ASA North West Region Age Group Championships held at the Manchester Aquatics Centre over the weekends of 2nd/3rd and 9th/10th June 2012. This is a tremendous achievement for the Club, and a big congratulations goes to all swimmers who helped to achieve this result.

The first weekend saw 19 Warriors swimming in 63 races, with Warriors being represented 17 times in the finals. They won 4 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze in the finals, with David Richardson winning gold in the 1500 metre freestyle event and the boys Medley Team also securing gold. Other medal winners included Hugh Takemoto, Oliver Houghton, Alicia Pierce, Aaron Kirchin-Brown, Shannon Campbell and Kathleen Dawson.

Warriors continued in the same vein and competed even more strongly in the second weekend. The swimmers were represented in 33 final places, achieving a superb 8 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze medals. The girls replicated the success of the boys in the first weekend by powering to 1st place in the 400m Team Medley event. Medallists included Aaron Hill, Aaron Kirchin-Brown, Alicia Pierce, Anya Richardson, Bethany Young, David Richardson, Hugh Takemoto, James Ross, Kathleen Dawson, Oliver Houghton, Ryan McGhee and Shannon Campbell.

We also had some of our younger swimmers competing in the shape of 10yr olds William Camden and Lewis McGhee, who were competing in 12 and under races but still performed strongly and achieved fabulous times.

The overall success of the Club was cemented by top 10 BAGCAT finishes for a number of our swimmers. Hugh Takemoto came 2nd overall in the boys 12/under group, Shannon Campbell 6th in the girls 12/under, Oliver Houghton a brilliant 1st and Aaron Hill 7th in the boys 13 year olds and Alicia Pierce 5th in the girls 13 year olds. The boys 14 year olds really excelled, with David Richardson in 1st, Aaron Kirchin-Brown 6th and James Ross 10th. Finally, Bethany Young finished a very creditable 5th in the girls 14 year olds.

Congratulations to all who took part and helped Warriors achieve yet another set of superb results at a major event!


Warriors at the UK School Games - a Taste of the Olympics!

Warriors had three swimmers selected to represent Northern England at the UK School Games, which saw 1,600 of the UK’s most talented young people from across 12 sports competing at the highest level in the magnificent venues of the Olympic Park. The team travelled down on Sunday and experienced first hand what it is like to live as an Olympic athlete and compete on the biggest stage imaginable.

The buzz of the Aquatics Centre and 7,000 spectators inspired the swimmers to perform at their very best. First to compete for Warriors was Leah Evans in the 100 fly, she achieved a new PB of 1:03.72 and a bronze medal in what was a very close finish, just two-tenths of a second separated the top three! Adam Ravenscroft got a silver medal and took almost three seconds of his PB with an impressive 1:08.29 in the 100 breast.

Coral Farrell, still aged just 10, had to compete against swimmers 5 years older than herself in the 50 & 100 free disability events and came 7th and 4th respectively with new PB’s of 42.11 and 1:28.64.

All three did their bit to ensure that Northern England were the overall winners.

The games concluded yesterday (9th May), with athletes and spectators enjoying a closing ceremony with performances from Cover Drive and Gymnastics troupe Spelbound


ASA North West Region 2012 Youth Championships 5th/6th May

Some fast swimming against strong opposition saw a team of 12 youth swimmers from Warriors of Warrington Swimming Club qualify through the heats and into a total of 18 finals at last weekend’s ASA North West Region 2012 Youth Championships, winning in the process a total of eight medals.

Day 1 saw the Warriors team qualify for 10 finals with Adam Ravenscroft winning gold in the 50 metre breaststroke and bronze in the 200 metre breaststroke. Catherine Parker also raced to two medals, winning silver in the 50 metre backstroke and bronze in the 200 metre backstroke. Leah Evans qualified for two finals winning a bronze medal in the 100 metre butterfly.

Other finalists on Day 1 included Lauren Smith in the 200 metre freestyle, Brendan Spencer in the 200 butterfly and Michael Ross in the 400 metre individual medlay.

Brendan also gained his second NQT of the season in the heats of the 200 butterfly.

Day 2 of the Championships saw the Warriors team qualify for a further 8 finals, with the highlights being Catherine Parker’s gold medal in the 100 metre freestyle, silver in the 100 metre backstroke and Michael Ross’s bronze medal in the 200 metre backstroke.

Other finalists on Day 2 included Caitlin McNicholas in the 50 metre breaststroke, Ewan Miller in the 200 metre freestyle and 100 metre butterfly, Michael Ross in the 200 metre individual medlay and Rachel Heesom in the 400 metre individual medlay

Brendan Spencer also gained his third NQT of the season, this time in the heats of the 100 metre butterfly.


Top Club Success for Warriors at Macclesfield!

Warriors of Warrington Swimming Club travelled across to Macclesfield last weekend to take part in the Satellites of Macclesfield Level 2 Open Meet.  As always, Warriors were represented by a strong team consisting of 51 swimmers ranging in age from 9 to 17 years old.

The first day saw Warriors get off to a great start, winning 19 heats and in addition going on to win 5 finals in those events that were not heat declared winners.  Whilst there were too many strong performances to list them all, multiple event winners included William Camden, Lewis McGhee, Aaron Kirchin-Brown and Brendan Spencer. 

Competition remained strong on Sunday, but the Warriors again rose to the challenge magnificently. They matched the previous day’s haul of 19 first place finishes, which were backed up by very strong performances and finishes by all the swimmers.  With the previous day’s winners continuing in the same rich vein of form, further standout performances came from Bradley Harrison, James Ross and Caitlin McNicholas.  By the time the final session started, Warriors had an unassailable lead in the scoring and secured the Top Club Trophy. 

Brendan Spencer had a very successful weekend, and finished the Event winning the Top Boy award.  Bethany Young also performed very strongly and was rewarded for her overall consistently high level of performance by finishing 3rd in the Girls category.

As ever, the swimmers have been a credit to the Club and deserve huge congratulations for their efforts and success over the weekend.