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WOW what a way to close the 2015 competitive year! 14 swimmers travelled to compete in the Northampton Winter meet at Corby International 50m pool last weekend! This was a great learning experience for both swimmers and parents about travelling further, staying away and dealing with all of the challenges this brings (not to mention vibrating hotel rooms from Christmas party music, traffic, and eating out). The swimmers did tremendously well and were rewarded with some great f...irst Long Course (50m pool) swims of the 2015-2016 season!
Pietro Forconi posted some top GB ranked times in taking away 8 GOLD & 1 SILVER medal! Including posting a whopping 17.31 for the 1500m Freestyle!
Marcus Scullion achieved 3 Automatic REGIONAL QTs and 4 base QTs along with 1 GOLD, 2 SILVER & 1 BRONZE medals!
Georgina Butler won 1 SILVER & 2 BRONZE medals, as well as consolidating her regional qualifying times and racing some more unusual events!
Tom Menlove won a BRONZE medal and posted an Auto REGIONAL QUALIFYING TIME in the 1500m Free!
Charlotte Prince-Rayner achieved 3 Automatic REGIONAL QUALIFYING TIMES in the Freestyle events.
Rory Quirk qualified for his first ever REGIONAL championships with 3 Automatic qualifying times and several personal bests, and winning a BRONZE medal.
Sophia Motala-Evans won a Bronze medal along with achieving some
Base regional qualifying times and personal bests.
Faye Francis captured 2 GOLD medals and consolidated her REGIONAL Qualifying times!
Great swims, personal best times and big learning opportunities grasped also by Harry Badnell, Amelia Badnell, Martyn Humphrys, Poppy Fox, Ed Menlove and Madison Stepney!
Well done swimmers and parents, were rewarded with a fun team meal and a great way to finish 2015!
Bring on 2016!
WCPSC swimmers were celebrating again this weekend after winning the Top Club Award at the Southampton Christmas Cracker Meet! Some 45 swimmers attended the Meet, returning 81 swims within the County qualifying times and a total of 36 medals. Whilst Emily Blount continued our recent tradition in achieving her gold hat in a time of 1.03.74 on 100m Freestyle!
Well done to everyone involved!
Medal winners were:
GOLD MEDALS 9
Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club (WCPSC) National Arena League team won the final round of the competition at Waterlooville on Saturday avoiding relegation and securing their premier league spot for next season. This is a significant achievement in the Club's first year back in the Premier Division.
In a thrilling competition with Windsor, Bracknell and Wokingham, Crawley, Atlantis and Havant and Waterlooville clubs, Penguins achieved a points total of 201, just 5 more than Havant.
Head of Performance, Kim Hill, commented, "We knew this was going to be a tight competition. Promotion to the top tier was hard fought, but it was going to be even harder not to be relegated in the first season. There was some tough racing tonight and this victory was achieved by some amazing swimmers giving their all to get the touch and secure each crucial point."
"Special congratulations to individual event winners: Oscar Priesmann (11under 50m butterfly); Charlotte Prince-Rayner (13under 100m backstroke); Rory Quirk (11 under 50m freestyle); Pietro Forconi (13 under 100m freestyle), but this was a team win with every swim counting and myself, Paul Dollery and Matt Boyd-Wallis are very proud coaches!"
For full National Arena Swimming League results check out www.nasl.org.uk
There has been some significant progress in recent weeks in relation to the development of new sports and recreational facilities at Bar End. There are now a few important processes to which the local sporting community, and local people generally, can input. Whilst we at WCPSC have an interest certainly in the facilities for our own use, with particular emphasis on the need for a 50m multi-functional swimming pool, we are also interested in the provision of a range of sport and leisure facilities which will serve our whole community and be future proofed, with population expansion in mind.
The latest story from Winchester City Council can be found here, whilst there are a number of consultations going on currently, which we would encourage all our members to input into. To find out more information and the latest consultations please click the link.