End of season round up

Warriors of Warrington swimmers have been successfully competing at the end of season invitational National Summer Meets, reaching finals, winning medals and breaking club records.

Warriors National swimmers (left to right); Charis Davidson, Dan Kinsella, Matthew Domville, Alex Watkinson and Sophie Weston

The British Summer Championships were held at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow where Matthew Domville and Alex Watkinson were competing in the Men’s 19 years and over and Men’s 17/18 years age groups respectively.

Matthew reached three finals, winning gold in the 100m butterfly in a time of 53.65, silver in the 200m butterfly (1:59.51) and finishing 6th in the 400m individual medley final in a time of 4:30.32 that broke his own Warriors long course record. Matthew also competed in the 200m individual medley event. 

Matthew with his 100m butterfly gold medal

Alex also reached three finals, finishing 6th in the 50m backstroke in a time of 26.67, breaking his own Warriors long course record, 10th in the 100m butterfly and 9th in the 200m individual medley. Alex also competed in the 100m backstroke and 50m freestyle events. 

In the Men’s 17 Yrs/Over 400m Medley event, the Warriors team improved their seeded position of 21st to finish 14th and Alex Watkinson, as the lead off swimmer, broke his own 100m backstroke Warriors long course record in a time of 58.18.

Warriors British Summer Championships Medley Relay Team; (from left to right) Oliver Houghton, Matthew Domville, Dan Kinsella & Alex Watkinson.

The Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield hosted the Swim England Summer Meet where Dan Kinsella was completing in the Men’s 17 years age group and Sophie Weston in the Woman’s 12/13 years age group.

Dan reached the finals in all three of his breaststroke events, finishing 7th if the 50m, 8th in 100m and 6th in the 200m, swimming personal best times in all his events.

Sophie, at her first National meet, competed  in the 200m breaststroke, 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke. 

Charis Davidson competed at the Scottish Summer Meet at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh in the Womans 15 year’s age group where she won a bronze medal in the 1500m freestyle with a new personal best of 18:24.70. Charis also finished 5th in the 800m freestyle and 6th in the final of the 400m freestyle events.

Warriors have also had a number of swimmers competing in the Swim Wales Summer Open Meet in Swansea with the standout performances being from Callum Warbuton who won silver in the Men’s 17 year and over 50m breaststroke final (31.09) and Ellie Basiurski (Woman’s 13 years) who won a silver medal in the 1500m freestyle event (21:44.46). Other finalists were Oliver Houghton (Men’s 17 years and over) who reached the 100m backstroke final and also reached the 50m backstroke final finishing 5th and Natasha Gayter (Woman’s 14 year) finishing 8th in the 200m backstroke and 5th in the 100m backstroke. 

Finishing off the season was Charis Davidson who was competing in two open water championships.

Charis had qualified for her first Swim England/British Open Water Age Group Championships that was being held at Thrybergh Country Park near Rotherham and she finished a respectable 15th out of 29 swimmers in the Woman’s 15 years 3K event in a time of 39 mins and 17 secs.

Finally it was to Loch Venachar near Callander, Stirling, for the Scottish National Open Water Championships where Charis competed in two events in the Woman’s 15/16 age group, winning the 5K in a time of 1 hour 6 mins and 43 secs and later on the same day finishing 2nd in the 2K in 26:25.75, a time that gave her 3rd place in the 2K open category, giving Charis her 3rd medal of the day.

Charis with her 5K trophy and three medals.

Pictures from Loch Venachar

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