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Cheshire County Competitions Report 2017 -

The Cheshire 2016/2017 season started with the Inter County competition in Sheffield in October. The Cheshire team did well and continue in Division 1 for another year by finishing in the middle of the table in 10th place.

This event was then followed by the Junior training day at Sandbach Boys school. Swimmers were put into two groups and had two pool sessions run by experienced skills coach Dave Pettengell assisted by Mike Barnes. They were also mentored in Nutrition by Ian Freeman from the ASA and took part in a land/circuit training session led by Physio Leanne Stafford.

Elite Athlete Lucy McKenzie gave some stroke demonstrations in the pool and chatted to swimmers in a questions and answers after lunch, sharing her swimming experiences with the group.

Thanks go to Elaine Ludgate and Mike Barnes for organising the day.

The Level 3 Meet which took place in November was well supported and entries matched those of previous years’, although Speeding Tickets issued were again down in numbers. This competition is an ideal opportunity for the younger swimmers to achieve County Consideration times for the main competition in January and February. The programme remains the same for the 2017 event and entries are already beginning to arrive.

The championships in Jan/ Feb again ran with two sessions per day instead of three. All sessions ran to time and this set up seems to be preferred by both coaches and swimmers.

Single age group finals, as last year, will be held for both the 50m and 100m events apart from the youngest age group - 10/11yrs, which will have joint finals. All sessions will be held short course at Macclesfield.

There were some outstanding performances in both the Age group & Championship events in 2017 as listed below:-

        Wins Records Chescats
10/11yr Boys Edward Parkinson Stockport Metro 5   1st
12yr Boys Tyler Melbourne-Smith Warriors 15 5 1st
10/11yr Girls Millie Duncan Warriors 9   1st
10/11yr   Tilly Copeland Crewe Flyers 4    
12yr Girls Lydia Keeling Warriors 5    
12yr Girls Emily Pinkstone Stockport Metro 5    
12yr Girls Millie Ravenscroft Warriors 5   1st
13yr Boys Toby Hill Warriors 7   1st
13yr Girls Amy West Stockport Metro 15
1 Snr
3 Jnr
2 1st
14yr Boys Jolan Bennett Stockport Metro 8    
14yr Boys Joseph Deighan Stockport Metro 4
1 Jnr
14yr Boys Jay Cushen Winsford 3 1  
14yr Girls Gabrielle Melbourne-Smith Warriors 15
2 Jnr
1 1st
15yr Boys Ben Foster Stockport Metro 5
2 Snr
2 Jnr
15yr Girls Caitlyn Shingler Warriors 8
1 Jnr
15yr Girls Rebecca Pearson Stockport Metro 4
2 Jnr
16yr Boys Alex Watkinson Warriors 5
1 Snr
4 Jnr
16yr Girls Alisha Hawkins Stockport Metro 8
3 Snr
6 Jnr
1 1st
Open Boys Matthew Domville Warriors 5 Snr 3  
Open Boys Adam Frost Satellites 7 Snr 1  
Open Girls Tori Sopp Wirral Metro 4 Snr    
Jnr Boys Harvey Jones Stockport Metro 4 Jnr    


Top Male Swimmer based on 3 events Matthew Domville Warriors
Top Female Swimmer Tori Sopp Wirral Metro
Top Championships Club Stockport Metro    
Most Improved Championships Trafford Metro    
Top Age Group Club Stockport Metro    
Most Improved Age Group Club Nantwich Seals    


Finally, thanks to all for the help and support during the past twelve months, both on the wet and dry side. We are always looking for volunteers so please don’t hesitate to put your hand up. Val. Mellor Competitions Secretary.

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