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The first meet of the 2012/13 season kicked off with some great performances from 24 Stingrays Swimmers. With a condensed programme due to few than expected initial entrants, Stingrays swimmers were up against it, with little time between each race to prepare, where pre-season fitness became absolute in infamously challenging long course pool conditions. Notably, competing in their first open meet and all taking home personal best times; Harry Brown took home a gold, silver and bronze, Max Balshaw two silvers, India Rogers narrowly missing out on a medal and Lily Battersby clutching a number of Bronze medals. Solid performances from Matilda Bryant, Oni Taiwo and Emma Jackson secured further medals as well as, Jason Tang, Charlie Balshaw and James Stocks-Reid ensured the boys were not forgotten.

Overall Medal Haul was; 31 Gold, 20 Silver and 18 Bronze.

Overall it was a convincing performance from the Stingrays Squad and sets a solid benchmark for all against expectations for the season to

Boys: Luke Demetri, James Chapman, James Stocks Reid, Rob Langan, Phil Rogers, Jason Tang, Harry Brown, Charlie Balshaw, Max Balshaw, Sam Greenslade.

Girls: Ginnie Baker, Georgia Sainsbury, Natalie Sainsbury, Matilda Bryant, Alex Brown, India Rogers, Emma Jackson, Lily Battersby, Oni Taiwo, Freya Croager, Jessie Cusack, Elena Demetri, Lucie White.

Stingrays Players are Dorset Champions

Last Sunday 9th September saw Dorset U12 Water Polo Team play in the SW Regional Championships with 2 Salisbury Stingrays players as part of that team.

Izzy Davies and Katy Cutler were key players in what proved to be the first win by a Dorset Team in the regional championships for 50 years.  They were competing against Devon and Gloucester.  The full tournament report is attached.


Salisbury Swimmer Breaks into National Top Ten

Salisbury Stingrays swimmer Luke Demetri produced some dazzling swims at the recent British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships at the Ponds Forge International Pool in Sheffield.

The young 14-year-old breastroke swimmer trains at Five Rivers Leisure Centre under Salisbury’s Head Coach Eric Henderson & was previous nurtured by Salisbury’s Junior Development Coach, Dave Currie.

Luke has had a brilliant year by winning several titles at the County Championships & claiming silver at the Regional Championships in Plymouth back in June. His silver would’ve surely been gold if English age group record holder Charlie Attwood, who swims for Taunton Deane, didn’t swim in the same region.

Luke, although familiar to National level competition when competing for Wiltshire at the National Inter-County Championships, was at his first National Age Group Championships as a Salisbury swimmer; one of only two Salisbury swimmers to qualify for the season ending National Championships.

Luke competed in the 200m and 100m breaststroke at the championships.  He first tackled the 200m breastroke where his entry time of 2 minutes 36.92 seconds saw him seeded in 18th place. Luke managed to qualify for the semi-finals where he improved on his seeded position to finish 13th overall with a new PB time of 2 minutes 35.28.

It was in the 100m breastroke where Luke really shone. Luke’s entry time of 1 minute 11.38 seconds had him seeded in 8th place. In the heats Luke qualified for the semi finals in joint 10th position with a time of 1 minute 11.78 seconds. In the semi final he stepped up through the gears to record his second PB of the meet, with a time of 1 minute 10.71 seconds. In the final he excelled further when he bettered his PB by finishing the final in a highly creditable 6th place, two ahead of his seeded position, in a time of 1 minute 10.49 seconds.

“It was a great experience and I was pleased with my performance, improving on my personal best times and finishing sixth overall in the 100 m breaststroke final.” Luke commented

Luke performed brilliantly at the Championships, especially in the 100m breastroke, where he was actually one of the youngest swimmers in his age group having only turned 14 in May. Many of his competitors towered above him at 6 foot plus, so when Luke hits his growth spurt, he’ll be more evenly matched physically & will surely be knocking on the door for a podium finish at next year’s championships.

Silver for Stingrays Water Polo Teams

KS2 (U12) and the Junior (U19) Water Polo Teams have both come second in the Dorset League.

Despite strong opposition they both played really well and were second only to Christchurch Seagulls in both cases.

Dave Bradley from The Dorset Water Polo Committee travelled up to Salisbury last Tuesday to present the medals to the KS2 team.

Stingrays Tie Dramatic Encounter With County Rivals

Salisbury Stingrays travelled to Bradford on Avon for the 3rd round of the Wiltshire Summer League. Bradford on Avon hosted the event with Corsham, Salisbury Stingrays and Trowbridge B making up the four team event.

Salisbury got off to a steady start with Emma Jackson getting Salisbury’s first win in the girls Under 12s 50m butterfly. Rob Langan justified his recall by storming home in PB time to win the mens open 100m backstroke. Salisbury were soon to enjoy relay success with the girls U12 medley relay & the boys U16 medley relay gaining Salisbury a double win.

Phoebe Wing notched another win for Salisbury by beating the field in the girls U14 50m freestyle. Elena Demetri & Clare Southon winning the girls U12 50m breastroke & U16 100m backstroke respectively helped Salisbury’s cause, with another win in the mens open medley relay soon to follow.

Katy Cutler enjoyed individual success when she finished 1st in the girls U12 50m freestyle.  Salisbury again tasted a double success when Matilda Bryant & Sam Greenslade won the girls U14 50m backstroke & mens open 100m breastroke for consecutive wins.

Salisbury shifted through the gears & finished strongly by winning many of the remaining races. The girls U12 & U16 freestyle relay teams both claimed vital wins for the Stingrays. Sidney Fenwick had a great swim in the boys U14 50m butterfly as did Phoebe Wing in the girls equivalent, with Phil Muspratt comfortably winning the mens open 100m freestyle. The boys & girls U12 50m backstroke was another double win for Salisbury with Robery Croager & Emma Jackson doing the business.  Luke Demetri dominated his race easing home in 1st place in the boys U16 100m breastroke.

The girls U14 freestyle relay team, along with the mens open freestyle relay team, allowed Salisbury to finish with a flourish by winning their respective races. However a costly 3rd place finish in the final race allowed Bradford on Avon to claw back the narrow 1 point lead that Salisbury held going into the race. This allowed an exciting contest to finish all square following several leads squandered, recovered, taken & lost again. The final round of the Summer League will be in September when the same four teams travel to Trowbridge.

Team Points Totals:

Bradford on Avon            162

Salisbury                           162

Corsham                              89

Trowbridge B                     86

Salisbury Stingrays Triumph in Summer League

Salisbury Stingrays took full advantage of home comforts when they hosted the second round fixture of the Wiltshire Summer League. Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge B and Corsham were the visiting teams to the Five Rivers Leisure Centre and Salisbury were pushed all the way.

Salisbury got off to a blistering start as they won 7 of the opening 10 fixtures with Phil Muspratt, Rob Croager, Emma Jackson, George Fenwick, Ginnie Baker, Sidney Fenwick & Tom Rutter all taking the chequered flag.

The girls under 12 years 100m medley relay team were Salisbury’s first relay success of the evening and their second was soon to follow in the form of the girls U16 100m medley relay where Ginnie Baker was joined by Clare Southern, Emma Griffin & Georgia Sainsbury.

Phoebe Wing took the spoils when she won the girls U14 50m freestyle and she was joined to the every growing list of winners when Elena Demetri won the girls U12 50m breastroke. Matilda Bryant Freya Croager, Phoebe Wing & Natalie Sainsbury were a winning quartet as they won the girls U14 100m medley relay.

Katy Cutler picked up another win for the Stingrays when she won the girls U12 50m freestyle. Matilda Bryant gained individual success in the girls U14 50m backstroke. Sam Greenslade performed well for the boys as he stormed home in the open (16+ years) 100m breastroke.

Emma Jack, Oni Taiwo, Millie Wolverson & Katy Cutler were a winning formula when they won the girls U12 100m freestyle relay. This also applied to Beth Cusack, Georgia Sainsbury, Clare Southern & Ginnie Baker as they won the girls U16 100m freestyle relay.

Salisbury had another brilliant spell of wins, winning 6 out of 7. Sidney Fenwick, Phoebe Wing, Phil Muspratt Rob Croager, Emma Jackson all become double winners as they claimed maximum points for Salisbury in their second individual race of the evening. Luke Demetri swam well also in winning the boys U16 100m breastroke.

The girls U14 100m freestyle relay team added to Salisbury’s push for 1st place in the team standings when they won their race, as did the boys open 100m freestyle relay, with Alastair Morrison & James Stocks-Reid joining Sam Greenslade & Phil Muspratt to bring home Salisbury’s final win of the evening.

A fantastic team effort saw Salisbury finish on 166 points, 8 clear of Bradford on Avon in second place. Salisbury’s push for promotion continues when they head to Bradford on Avon on July 14th.

Team points totals:

Salisbury Stingrays – 166

Bradford on Avon – 158

Corsham – 94

Trowbridge B – 82