Warriors success at Stockport!

With 37 swimmers making their way over to Stockport this weekend Warriors of Warrington were sure to have a very interesting and exciting few days. From 10 year olds Imogen Young and William Camden to 17 year old Brendan Spencer the swimmers gave some brilliant performances throughout the competition.

Without having medals to win, the swimmers were competing for placings and points. Overall Warriors won a total of 34 1st place finishes, 17 2nd place finishes and 39 3rd place finishes and with a fantastic team effort they managed to secure the winning place for the Top Visiting Club with 1021 points.

Individual performances that stood out were from Brendan Spencer, Alicia Pierce and David Richardson who secured new national qualifying times in the 1500m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke respectively. David Richardson also won the top spot for the 14yr old age group BAGCAT award, an amazing 200 points in front of 2nd place.

The competition also got very exciting at the end of both Saturday and Sunday with the SKINS competition. The top 8 swimmers in the 200 Individual Medley from 14 & unders and 15 & over battle it out in a knock out competition and win themselves some cash. On Saturday the boys were up and David Richardson, James Ross and Aaron Kirchin Brown qualifying in the 14&under age group. Aaron went out in the first round whilst David and James managed to give us some exciting races for us to cheer them on. James fought valiantly and finished 3rd, but it was David who came out on top and took the big prize money.

On Sunday it was the girls turn and Warriors of Warrington had Bethany Young in the 14&under age group and Leah Evans in the 15&over age group. With faulty timing equipment and then faulty goggles trying to put Bethany off, she didn’t let anything stop her from crawling her way up through each round and successfully finished 2nd whilst Leah managed to stay in for two rounds and finished 6th.

A huge well done to all the swimmers who took part in the competition


City of Birmingham Open Meet - Easter PBs Galore!

A group of 35 dedicated Warriors of Warrington swimmers took part in the Birmingham Level 2 and Level 3 Open Meet over the Easter Weekend. Rather than relaxing and eating too much chocolate, they focussed their energies on pool performance. Their efforts were rewarded handsomely, with a total medal haul of 20 Gold medals, 13 Silver and 16 Bronze. 10 of the swimmers also managed to secure places in Finals, with special mention to Rebecca Coy for achieving 3 first place finishes.

Whilst all of the swimmers produced very strong performances, the highlight individual performances came from Lewis and Ryan McGhee, who both finished 3rd in their respective Age Groups. 1st place finishes were achieved by Rebecca Coy, Lauren Smith, Lauren Goddard, Mia Rowbottom, Brett Takemoto, Dominic Crawley, Ricardo Santander, Connor Healy, Liam Roscoe and Lewis and Ryan McGhee.

This event was, however, all about the Team performance. Perhaps the clearest measure of overall performance is the number of Personal Best times that have been achieved. The Birmingham Open Meet awards a trophy for the Team that has improved their collective times by the largest amount. Warriors showed their overall team strength by improving their times by the most of all entered Clubs, and were awarded the Dave Corbett Trophy for their efforts. This was true reward for all of the swimmers who competed, and they all deserve a huge well done for their efforts!

Warriors finished the Meet as the 3rd most successful visiting club behind City of Oxford and City of Coventry. Congratulations to all who took part!


National Junior and Youth Disability Swimming Championships 2012

Warriors swimmers Coral Farrell and Adele Maguire travelled to Ponds Forge in Sheffield last weekend to represent the North West in this year’s National Event for disabled swimmers aged 10-18. Over 200 competitors came from all over the UK to showcase their talent. At just 10 years old the girls were competing in the Girls 10-13 year age group. Standards as always were very high with 2012 Paralympic qualifiers such as Ellie Simmonds competing for their Regions. There were British, European and even one World Record was broken. Coral, who was recently accepted onto the GB Talent Programme, managed to improve on her already outstanding times and secured herself 7 Medals (5 Bronze and 2 Silver) and despite coming in with GB Talent times she missed out on 3 Silver Medals because of the -1 rule. Adele, who is currently on the North West Talent Programme, is now a GB Hopeful as she managed to secure GB Talent times for 100M Breaststroke & Backstroke. Adele also came home with a medal haul of 3 Bronze, 3 Silver and a Gold, missing out on 2 Silver medals due to the -1 rule. Both girls took part in the North West Region Relay Teams with the 400m Freestyle Team coming in 3rd and the 400m Medley Team for the first time in recent history came in 1st earning Adele a Gold and pushing Ellie Simmonds and Wales into 2nd!

A massive well done goes to both girls for such a superb performance!


Cheshire Championships - a Memorable Final Weekend

Warriors of Warrington Swimming club had an amazing final weekend at the Cheshire County Age Group and Senior Championships 2012.

Over the two days swimmers picked up another mammoth tally of credits, including 6 new Cheshire records, 11 top 3 Junior Championship titles, 12 top 3 Senior Championship titles and 13 swimmers competing in finals for the 100m events. With another 25 Gold, 16 Silver and 14 Bronze medals and also 20 Top 3 placed BAGCAT winners it was a wonder the swimmers could carry everything home.

Saturday started off with Kathleen Dawson setting the first new Cheshire Record of the weekend for Warriors, and along with Catherine Parker made the final for the 100m Backstroke with Catherine winning the first Junior and Senior Championship trophies of the day.

Over the weekend Kathleen went on to set another new record and George Hill set two new records too. Will Camden and the boys 13/14 Medley Team also set new Cheshire records as well.

David Richardson took home a trophy for Junior Champion in the 400IM as did Brendan Spencer, winning a trophy for Senior Champion in the same event. Other swimmers gaining a top 3 place for the championship title included Michael Ross, Kathleen Dawson, Caitlin McNicholas, Bethany Young, all gaining 23 positions between them.

The 100m finals saw Catherine, Kathleen, David, Brendan and Michael securing positions along with Leah Evans, Oliver Houghton, Aaron Kirchin Brown and Ewan Miller.

Sunday brought about relay team events but not before the top 8 swimmers in two age categories from the 200m IM competed in the Cheshire County Skins Challenge. In the Boys 14yrs/under, David Richardson, James Ross, Aaron Kirchin Brown and Aaron Hill battled it out for the chance to win some money! Dominated by Warriors they didn’t disappoint. James came 5th and Aaron Hill came 4th but it was David and Aaron KB who battled it out in an exciting fight to the end with Aaron coming 2nd and David coming out the winner, all earning themselves a nice little sum of money for their hard work. The girls 14yrs/under saw not quite as many Warriors but Bethany Young and Kathleen Dawson made it just as exciting and thrilling for the spectators. Race after race they kept on winning until it was, once again, just the two left. With a backstroke swim ahead Kathleen swam a fantastic 50m to take the top prize with Bethany coming in an amazing 2nd.

The boys 15yrs/over saw Brendan Spencer and Michael Ross take part, with Michael coming 8th and Brendan a brilliant 4th whilst Catherine Parker represented Warriors in the Girls 15yrs/over mirroring Brendan’s success and coming 4th.

The final events of the championship were the relay events and for our Warriors of Warrington they couldn’t have swum any harder. We finished within the top three positions in every relay event that we took part in. The 10/12 yr old girls team, including Anya Richardson, Shannon Campbell, Siobhan Harrison and Emily Anderson came 3rd in the Freestyle relay and also in the Medley relay. The 10/12 yr old boys team, Ryan McGhee, Hugh Takemoto, Jack Ravenscroft and Liam Roscoe, came 3rd in the freestyle relay and 1st in the Medley relay.

Catherine Parker, Caitlin McNicholas, Leah Evans and Rachel Heesom made up the girls 15/16yr old girls team and came 1st in the Medley relay and 3rd in the freestyle relay. With the 13/14yr old girls team doing exactly the same, Kathleen Dawson, Bethany Young, Alicia Pierce and Ashleigh Wrench carried on the success. The boys 13/14yr old freestyle team of David Richardson, Oliver Houghton, James Ross and Aaron Hill came 1st whilst the boys 13/14 yr old Medley Team of Oliver Houghton, James Ross, Aaron Kirchin Brown and David Richardson won the clubs final gold of the championships and set the last of the new Cheshire records.

Finally, with BAGCAT awards given out to the top 6 swimmers in each age group, Warriors swimmers picked up 20 more pieces of silverware. 9yr olds George Hill, Lewis McGhee and James Forrest picked up 1st, 2nd and 3rd. 10yr olds William Camden and Baylie Coates came 1st and 2nd. 12yr old Hugh Takemoto and Ryan McGhee came 2nd and 5th, 13yr olds Oliver Houghton and Aaron Hill came 1st and 3rd whilst 14yr olds David Richardson, Aaron Kirchin Brown and James Ross came 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The girls came out on top too with 9yr old Jess Sholl, 12 yr old Anya Richardson and 13 yr old Alicia Pierce all coming 4th in their age groups. 14 yr olds Kathleen Dawson and Bethany Young came 1st and 2nd with 15 yr old Leah Evans coming 1st. Finally, 16yr olds Catherine Parker and Rachel Heesom came 1st and 6th.

A huge well done to all of the swimmers who took part and made Warriors of Warrington a club to watch out for over the coming months in the swimming arena.



Cheshire Championships - Long Distance Glory!

Warriors of Warrington saw a massive 29 swimmers taking part in the long distance events in the Cheshire County Age Groups and Senior Championships 2012 last Friday.

The girls competed in the 800m Freestyle, whilst the boys had the 1500m Freestyle to take on. The evening was a great success as we saw our youngest competitors of the night, 11yr old Emily Bowater and Kaitlin Foulkes, start in the first heat of the 800m. With hard work and determination they ploughed through the water and finished 12th and 13th in their age group. All of the girls swam brilliantly and in the last heat 14yr old Kathleen Dawson swam, not only winning the heat but also winning the Junior Champion trophy, the Senior Champion trophy and also made a new junior and Youth Championship record.

Individual medal winners for the girls included, 13 yr olds Alicia Pierce and Sophie Bell, 14 yr old Bethany Young, 15yr olds Lauren Smith and Hannah Wallis and 16 yr olds Aimee Harvey and Rachel Heesom between them winning 4 bronze and 3 silver medals.

Next up were the boys, with Liam Roscoe and Matthew Sullivan starting in the first heat. 12yr old Liam swam his first 1500m long course swim and didn’t let himself or his club down finishing 5th in his age group, whilst 14yr old Matthew swam a huge pb winning his heat. In the final heat we once again saw 14yr old David Richardson swim the only way he knows how - FAST! He swam an impressive 16.36.85 winning him the Junior Champion title and coming 2nd in the Senior category, and again made a new Cheshire Junior Record.

Individual medal winners for the boys included, 12 yr old Ryan McGhee, 13 yr old Aaron Hill, 14yr old Aaron Kirchin Brown and 15 yr old Ewan Miller, collecting 1 bronze, 2 silver and 1 gold medal.

Once again, a huge well done to all those swimmers that took part.