2014 Masters Results

10 Golds and a British Record at the Lancashire Masters !

Warrington Dolphins Swimmers had another excellent meet at the Lancashire Masters.
Graeme Atherton swam 2 fine Personal Best Times of 27.45 and 1:01.13 for 50m and 100m butterfly respectively, to win gold medals in both events. He followed it up with a silver in the 100m freestyle in a time of 58.94.
Judy Brown swam 2:21.06 to win the 200m freestyle, then a superb 2:38.81 in the 200m backstroke earned her a gold medal and a 4th British Record this season !
Some good swims of 1:05.10 for 100m freestyle, 1:13.98 for 100m backstroke and 2:42.97 for 200m Individual Medley earned her a further 2 golds and 1 silver.
Graham Padgett also had a fine day’s swimming, winning gold for all four of his events – 2:36.11 (200 freestyle), 3:04.79 (200 Breaststroke), 3:18.70 (200 breaststroke) and 2:58.64 (200 medley).
The swims put Graham in 2nd place in the National Decathlon Competition, at this early stage of the season. The competition involves over three thousand swimmers, and uses age-related times over 10 events to calculate the best all-round Masters swimmers nationally. Judy is also currently in the top 10, lying in 7th place.

Cheshire Masters 2014

A strong team of 13 Dolphins swimmers participated in the Cheshire County Masters event at Macclesfield.
The team finished with 12 golds, 10 second place, and 6 third placed swims.
Russ Mason won two golds in the 50m backstroke and 100m IM, and finished second in the 50m freestyle, whilst some impressive sprinting from Richard Taylor earned him a gold medal and two second places.
Gerry Kelleher returned two gold medals, his 33.87 for 50m butterfly being particularly impressive.
Chris Rix swam a personal best time of 1:04.82 to win gold in the 100 IM, and followed it up with a second place in the 50 backstroke and third in the 50 freestyle.
Graham Padgett turned in a winning performance in the event for which he’s the current British Record holder, the 400m Individual Medley.
Trevor Eland was as speedy as ever with 25.58 for 50 freestyle and 27.64 for 50 butterfly, earning him two second places.
Judy Brown took 3 golds for the 400 freestyle, 100 Individual medley and 50 freestyle.
Jennifer Sutton knocked 2 seconds off her time earlier in the year with an excellent 42.88 in the 50m breaststroke to finish in 3rd place, whilst Steve Elliot's swim in the 400 freestyle placed him second.
The unluckiest swimmer was Graham Atherton, who finished with a 3rd and 4th place after 2 brilliant swims in an extremely competitive age group, and Rob Waters swam a strong 50 breaststroke to finish in 3rd place.
The team were joined by Alan Pomfret and newcomer Andy Bennett for the relays, where the men’s teams achieved three 2nd places and one 3rd place.
The evening ended on a high note with two wins in the highly-competitive mixed relays, with Dolphins edging out the impressive Trafford Metro team on both occasions !
Well done to all our swimmers on their fine performances in an enjoyable event for the club, and particularly to Russ Mason for organising all the relays.
Many thanks to Andy White and Bob Bolton for organising the event.

FINA World Rankings 2013

Congratulations to our superb Men’s 160yrs+ Relay on achieving a top 5 World Ranking in the 400 metres Freestyle Relay in 2013 !
The team of Trevor Eland (55.95), Russell Mason (59.10), Paul Frith (57.43) and Chris Rix (55.33) are ranked 5th with a time of 3:47.81.

Also figuring in the World top 10 from 2013 :-

Graham Padgett
800m Freestyle 7th 11:07.51
1500m Freestyle 7th 21:40.91
400m Individual Medley 9th 6:29.39

Judy Brown
1500m Freestyle 8th 19:42.44
200m Backstroke 7th 2:38.26
400m Individual Medley 6th 5:39.08

GB Short Course Masters Championships October 2014

With Judy Brown out due to illness and Graham Padgett refusing to pay the asking price, could any Warrington Dolphins step up to the plate and deliver at the year’s premier National Masters Competition held at Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield?

The answer - a resounding yes! Chris Rix came in with a brace of National Titles in the 35/39 year age group. His impressive double came in the 200m backstroke (2:16.20) and 200m freestyle (2:02.15).

In the same heat of the latter event it was a Dolphins one-two finish as Paul Frith put his pacing problems behind him and pushed Chris all the way (2:03.70) to earn a much deserved silver medal in the 40/44 year age group.

There were further individual silver medals for Russ Mason in the 50/54 and Trevor Eland in the 35/39 age groups. Mason notched up his in the 100m Individual Medley (1:06.46) for the third year in a row, whilst Eland touched second with a relaxed (looking) swim in the 100m backstroke (1:03.41).

Although not quite at his best this time round, Graeme Atherton still managed a top five placing in the 35/39 year 100m butterfly (1:02.33) and then, with team-mates Rix, Mason and Eland, picked up two silvers in the 4 x 50m and 4 x 100m 160/199 years medley relay events.

With two more second place finishes in the 4 x 50m and 4 x 100m freestyle relays, the Dolphins 160/199 men’s team are now certainly starting to make the best in the country sit up and take note.

North West Masters Sprint Meet (July 2014)

Seven of our swimmers competed in this year’s North West Regional Masters short course championships at Blackpool.

The squad managed to secure no less than 20 first, 7 second and 2 third place swims and claimed 7 new regional records, one of which fell to debutant Jennifer Sutton with a great swim in the 30/34 years 100m breaststroke (1:36.07).

Other record breaking Dolphins included Trevor Eland (35/39 years, 50m fly, 27.14), Russ Mason (50/54 years, 100m IM, 1:06.80 and 100m backstroke, 1:08.55) and Graham Padgett (65/69 years, 200m backstroke, 3:03.50). Eland, Mason and Padgett managed 3, 5 and 6 first place swims each in their respective age groups.

After talking a good game since joining the Dolphins, it looks like the mercurial Paul Frith has finally started to deliver! He showed uncanny restraint in the early stages of the 40/44 years 200m freestyle to come home in first place (2:08.81). In addition, his fastest 100m freestyle time since joining the club (57.03) could even cement his place in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay team for the Nationals.

There were no unforced errors from Gerry Kelleher this year – he managed to both swim and win the 55/59 years 200m fly (3:08.77) and 50m fly (34.13) whilst team mate Graeme Atherton might be contemplating a return to racing in his lucky drag-shorts after narrowly missing out with second place finishes in the 35/39 years 50m fly (27.71) and 100m fly (1:02.72).

A quartet of Atherton, Eland, Frith and Mason secured a brace of first places in the 160/199 years 4 x 50m medley (1:57.09) and freestyle (1:43.05) lowering the existing records (Trafford Metro) by more than 5 and 6 seconds respectively.

Northwest Masters Distance Meet Results

Warrington Dolphins Swimmers had an incredible day’s swimming at the Northwest Masters Distance Meet, finishing with 3 British Records, 4 NorthWest Records and won 6 out of the 8 gold medals for the 4 events that were held.

The first event of the day saw the strong 160+ men’s 4x100 medley relay swim an excellent time of 4:18.77, Chris Rix swimming 1:03.50, Russ Mason 1:15.20, Graeme Atherton 1:01.88 and Paul Frith 58.19. This was a new Northern Counties Record and a swim that would have gained them a silver medal at the Nationals last year.

The next event was the 1500 and Judy Brown, who’s now moved into the 50-54 age group, found herself swimming in the end lane, adjacent to the team of Dolphins on the poolside. Benefiting from all the encouragement, she maintained her pace well throughout much of the race. Tiring a little over the last 400 metres, she still managed a quick final 50 to finish in a time of 19:46.94 – a new British Record by 15 seconds, and the first British swimmer to break the 20 minute barrier in this age group!

The 400m freestyle event swiftly followed and Chris swam an excellent race to finish on 4:27.83 – a six–second improvement on last year and a fine swim which earned him the overall gold medal for the best age-related time. Paul was pleased with his swim of 4:47.18 which gave him 1st place in the 40-44 age group , Richard Taylor coming in second with 5:02.84. Russ knocked an excellent 8 seconds off last years’ time to finish in 4:55.33. Judy, the current British record holder in the 45-49 age group, set off a bit sluggishly with 2:30 for the first 200 metres, making the target of 5:02.39 look beyond her grasp. However, swimming in the lane between Russ and Richard, all the incentive was there for a rapid second 200 and an amazing 2:26.5 saw a new British Record of 4:56.97 , a massive 5 seconds off the old mark and another barrier – this time 5 minutes, broken.
After a short break for lunch, Judy was joined by Graham Padgett for the 2 remaining events. Graham swam a highly impressive 400 IM in 6:19.21, not far from the British Record that he set at this meet two years ago, and good enough to win him the overall gold medal for the event. Judy finished first in her age category with 5:47.03.
In the final event, Graham swam an excellent 11:14.87 – again good enough to beat all the other competitors on the age-related time comparison, and to win the gold medal. Judy again started slowly in the 800 but finished strongly, sprinted the last 50m and took the 800m British record by 0.9 in 10:23.95, to complete a hat-trick of British records for the day !

An excellent meet for the strong team of swimmers, which gives them a great base to work from in the season that lies ahead! Well done all.