2013 Masters Results

GB Short Course Masters Championships October 2013

Six Warrington Dolphins swimmers made the journey to the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, to participate in the biggest event of the year on the Masters Swimming Calendar, the GB Short Course Championships.

Judy Brown, competing in the 45/49 year age group for the last time, came away with yet another impressive haul of medals. She claimed three more national titles in the 400m Individual Medley (5:40.56), 200m Individual Medley (2:40.80) and 200m backstroke (2:38.26) and second place finishes in the 50m backstroke (35.08), 200m freestyle (2:21.38) and 800m freestyle (10:25.98).

In the 50/54 year age group, Russ Mason managed to bag his first ever short course gold. Rather surprisingly, it came in the 100m breaststroke (1:14.47) rather than his favoured 100m Individual Medley, where he had to be satisfied with silver (1:06.97) for the second year running. He also took silver in the 50m backstroke (31.96) and bronze in the 100m freestyle (59.11).

Competing for the first time in the GB Masters, Chris Rix took silver in the 35/39 years 200m backstroke (2:15.52) and only just missed out on a medal with a fourth place finish in the 100m backstroke (1:03.43).

Also narrowly missing out on medal places, there were some impressive swims from Graeme Atherton and Trevor Eland in the 35/39 year age group and Paul Frith in the 40/44 year band. Atherton, swimming in drag-shorts, finished 4th in the 100m butterfly (1:02.05) as did Frith in the 400m freestyle (4:42.79) whilst Eland managed two top six finishes in the 50m butterfly (26.90) and 50m freestyle (25.11).

Finally, a Dolphins team of Eland, Mason, Frith and Rix managed to win the clubs first ever relay medal at national level. They took silver in the 160/199 years 4 x 100m freestyle relay (3:47.81).

North West Masters Distance Meet 2013

A team of 5 swimmers represented Warrington Dolphins at the North West Masters distance meet last week-end.

Using an age conversion formula, the club won medals in 5 out of the 8 individual events, and also claimed gold in the Mens 160 years+ medley relay.

Chris Rix, Russell Mason, Graeme Atherton and Richard Taylor got the gala off to the best possible start by winning the relay with excellent split times of 1:03, 1:15, 1:04 and 1:03 respectively.
Judy Brown swam the 1500m in a new Northern Counties record of 19:42.44, and completed a tough programme of events with silver in the 400 metres Individual Medley and gold in the 800 metres freestyle.
Graham Padgett finished in 3rd place in the 400 metres freestyle event, then went on to take the gold medal in the final event of the day, the 800 metres freestyle.

Full results:

400m freestyle

Graham Padgett 5:30.03
Christopher Rix 4:33.01
Russell Mason 5:03.90
Graeme Atherton 5:01.50
Richard Taylor 5:04.95

1500m Freestyle

Judy Brown 19:42.44

400m Individual Medley

Judy Brown 5:39.08

800m Freestyle

Graham Padgett 11:07.51
Judy Brown 10:21.86

South Yorkshire Masters December 2013

A return to the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, for the final masters competition of 2013.

With an end of season flourish, four Dolphins swimmers claimed no less than 13 gold and 3 silver medals.

Graham Padgett (65/69) and Judy Brown (45/49) won all five and all four of their entered events respectively, whilst Graeme Atherton (35/39) and Russ Mason (50/54) managed two gold medals apiece.

Warrington Dolphins in Record Breaking Form at NW Masters July 2013

Last weekend a team of ten Warrington Dolphins swimmers competed in the annual North West Regional Masters short course championships at Blackpool.

The squad, which included debutants Trevor Eland, Paul Frith and Phil Woods, looked stronger than ever and managed no less than 26 first, 9 second and 3 third place swims and set 12 new regional records along the way.

One of the most notable performances of the day was served up by Trevor Eland. Nicknamed the Rolls Royce, he made 3 record breaking first place swims in the 35/39 years 50m backstroke (29.39), 50m butterfly (27.32) and 50m freestyle (25.10).

In the same age group, Phil Woods and Chris Rix were also in record breaking form in the 200m IM (2:28.01) and 200m backstroke (2:20.01) respectively, whilst Richard Taylor decided to put himself out there in the early stages of the 400m freestyle and somehow managed to hang on for a hard earned second place finish (5:00.75).

Paul Frith chipped in with first place in the 40/44 years 100m freestyle (58.46) and joined team mates Rix, Eland and Woods in celebrating two further wins in the 120-159 years 4 x 50m medley (1:59.69) and 4 x 50m freestyle (1:43.78) relays, breaking the mighty Trafford Metro’s existing record by over 2 seconds in the latter event.

Not to be out shone by their younger counterparts there were some vintage performances from seasoned veterans Judy Brown (45/49 years, 4 firsts plus 1 second place), Russ Mason (50/54 years, 3 firsts, all in new regional record times plus 2 second places) and Graham Padgett (65/69 years, 6 firsts, 3 of which were faster than the record times he himself established in 2012).

Praise must also be given to the final two members of the team. Claire Dickinson, returning to competitive swimming after a number of years abstinence, managed 2 second place finishes in the 50/54 years 50m and 100m backstroke events, whilst Gerry Kelleher (55/59 years) shook off the disappointment, or rather disbelief, of watching the 200m butterfly from the warm-up pool to grab a second place finish in the 50m event.