North West Age Group Championships, 31 May - 8 Jun 2014

There were a number of impressive swims in the  North West’s premier swimming competition of the year, held in the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

Four POSS swimmers raced into finals in the North West’s premier competition:

Mathew Sayle – 13yrs

2nd 200 Freestyle
2nd 100 Backstroke
3rd 100 Butterfly

Neil Wylie – 14yrs

6th 200 Freestyle
7th 400 Freestyle
6th 100 Butterfly

Elizabeth Hurst – 14yrs

6th 200 Backstroke

William Woodward – 13yrs

7th 400 Freestyle

Great swims were also seen from Charlotte Dodson, Finley Hampson and Daniel Clark who all raced to a fine PBs over the weekend. Well done to everyone.

Cameron Dunk raced in the 200 Free and 400 Free, but was unable to perform as well as the first weekend in the relays. It turns out he has tonsillitis and an ear infection, so we wish him well in his recovery.

Thanks to Helen Billington for being the Poolside Coach for the whole of the weekends, guiding and encouraging our swimmers before their swims and giving great feedback after their races. Thanks also to Shaun Dodson and Kevin Dunk who helped on poolside, providing additional feedback and encouragement. Final thanks must also go to family members who attended a long, hot weekends in Manchester. Their support was much appreciated and surely helped the swimmers on their way.

Complete Results

Individual Event Results (from NW Site)

Janet Coy Memorial Swim, 4 Apr 2014

Prescot Open Squads swimmers took part in the Janet Coy Memorial Swim.

Organised by Chloe Middleham and Courtney Dodson, the aim was, as a squad to swim 90 miles in special t-shirts to raise money for the Perth Centre / Cancer Research charity.

 We are not sure how much was raised yet but many thanks go to all concerned with organisation, lap counting, donating money and of course swimming.


Tom Roberts, BLDSA Junior Swimmer of the Year

Many congratulations to Tom Roberts who has been awarded the Tom Butcher Trophy by the British Long Distance Swimming Association.

This trophy is awarded to the BLDSA's Junior Swimmer of the Year.

Tom also picked up an award for gaining the most Grand Prix points as a junior in 2013.

He completed 5 events (a total of 21.13 miles), winning all 5 of them and made BLDSA history by becoming the first junior to complete the Champion of Champions swim held at Dover in June.

Many congratulations from all at squad.

Success at Liverpool Tadpoles, 22 Sep 2013

Last  weekend saw the 2nd and final weekend of the COLSC Tadpoles competition. As a club and squad the performances were a credit to the clubs and swimmers.

Some performances deserve particular mention with both Daniel Clark and Katherine Cheshire taking the 12yo BAGCATs awards with Daniel also setting a new tadpole record for the 400 Free.

Jessica Deeley in her first competition produced some good performances and also took the 3rd place BAGCATs  award for the girls 9yo age group.

The medal winners from the completion are as follows;

Daniel Clark
400m Freestyle 1st
50m Backstroke 1st
200m Backstroke 1st
50m Butterfly 1st
200m IM 1st
Katherine Cheshire
200m Breaststroke 3rd
400m Freestyle 5th
50m Breaststroke 1st
200m Backstroke 1st
50m Backstroke 1st
200 IM 1st
Jessica Deeley
50m Breaststroke 4th
50m Backstroke 2nd
200m Backstroke 2nd
Emma Farrugia
200m Backstroke 3rd
Elena Daly
200m Butterfly 3rd
Joseph Burns
50m Backstroke 3rd
200 IM 5th
Ryan Tarbuck
50m Backstroke 4th
50m Butterfly 3rd
200m Backstroke 4th
200m IM 4th

Daniel Johnson
200m Freestyle 3rd

India Hurst
50m Butterfly 4th

St Helens Star, October 2013

Congratulations to them all

Bala 3km

Sarah Roberts took 1st place in the 3km Llyn Tegid (Bala) BLDSA swim.

She completed the swim in 45mins 25 secs and the trophy she is receiving is the Budworth Mere 2mile Ladies that she won in May (the one Chloe Waddell had won last year).

Thomas also won in his race in 36mins 58 seconds.

Many congratulations to the both of them.

From Neil Flaherty (Halton)

Wrexham Spring Meet, 4 & 5 May 2013

An excellent weekends swimming from our Prescot Club and Squad swimmers with a total 65 PBs earning the swimmers 3 golds, 9 silver and 13 bronze medals from a full weekends swimming.

Leading the way for Prescot was Emily Lowrie who achieved a fantastic 8 PBs from 8 swims closely followed Sarah Roberts of Halton who achieved 9 PBs from her 11 swims.

Great results were also achieved by Kathrine Cheshire with 7 PBs from 10 swims and Hannah Deeley whose 7 PBs gave her a medal haul of 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze from her 11 swims.

The great results didn’t stop there with Finley Hampson, James Savage and Amy Johnson all securing 6 PBs from the weekends efforts with Amy coming away will a 100% record from all her 6 swims. Commendable results were also achieved by Georgia Simm (3 PBs), Ceris Breckell (Halton 3 PBs) and Daniel Johnson (4 PBs).

City of Birmingham Open Meet

Squad's Tom Roberts took the 1500m title at the City of Birmingham Open Meet in a winning time of 17:11.34 - a mere 0.19 secs ahead of David Broadbent of Nuneaton & Bedworth SC in second place.

At the same event Jake Simm did a Long Course PB in the 400m Freestyle finishing in 8th place in what was a large field of swimmers.

Many congratulations to them.

Tom receiving his medal

European Junior Championships 2013

Alex Dunk has been selected to represent Team GB in the European Junior Championships, held in Poznan, Poland 10-14th July 2013. This follows Alex’s competition in the British Gas International Meet held 7-10 March.
So well done indeed to Alex!

According to the  British Swimming website Mark Perry, Interim Technical Lead for British Swimming, who leads the development programme said: “The European Junior Championships is one of the target meets on the Podium Potential Programme and this year we have adopted a tough selection policy. “This year we are taking a smaller, more medal focused group who we believe have the potential to make the team for Rio 2016 and beyond. “This meet offers some swimmers the first chance to represent their country at a very high standard of competition, giving them valuable experience for the future.”

The British Gas GBR Swimming Team is:

Harry Ackland (Plymouth Leander)
Alex Dunk (Prescot)
James Guy (Millfield)
Caleb Hughes (Hatfield)
Matthew Johnson (City of Sheffield)
Joel Knight (Millfield)
Max Litchfield (Doncaster DARTES)
Jack Smith (Plymouth Leander)
Mark Szaranek (Carnegie)
Nathan Theodoris (British Gas Swansea ITC)
Shauntelle Austin (Blackpool Aquatics)
Megan Briggs (Warrender Baths)
Harriet Cooper (City of Leicester)
Kathleen Dawson (Warrington Warriors)
Emma Day (Guildford City)
Alice Dearing (Royal Wolverhampton School)
Lucy Hope (Borders Elite Swim Team (BEST))
Ellena Jones (Swim Swansea)
Amber Keegan (NOVA Centurion)
Katie Latham (Thanet Swim)
Lucy McKenzie (Cockermouth)
Erin Nabney (Ealing)
Rosie Rudin (NOVA Centurion)
Linda Shaw (City of Leeds)

World Class Podium Potential!

Alex has also  been invited to join the British Swimming World Class Podium Potential programme. The focus of the programme is to support athletes who possess genuine and strong potential to make the Olympic team at the 2016 Rio Games and to medal at either those Games or the 2020 Olympic Games. The invitation follows an assessment by the British Swimming Development Coach, and takes into account the athlete’s trainability, attitude and performance.

British Gas International, 7th - 10th March 2013

Alex Dunk and James Pout from POSS were at Leeds for the British Gas International. The pool was packed with all the UK’s fastest swimmers from both the Olympics and Paralympics, so it was a pleasure to see the Prescot name in lights. We even saw the camera right in Alex’s and James’s faces in their introductions in their finals. Some of you  may have seen the footage streamed live over the internet.

Alex started the event off with 2nd place in the Under 18 400m Freestyle, he continued with 3rd place in the Under 18 1500m Freestyle, 3rd place in the Under 18 200m Free -  doing a PB and narrowly missing out on a place in the senior final and then finished on the Sunday with another U/18 3rd place finish in the 800m Free.

James produced three excellent swims, all at or around the new PB he swam. Although now with POSS he represented City of Liverpool as that was who he was with when he entered.

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