Masters Comp Reports

2016 Final result after the three County Championship meets.

Another stunning performance saw Salisbury Stingrays Masters yet again lift the Wilts Block Championship trophy at the final gala held at Five Rivers Leisure Centre in October 2016. Stingrays went into the event in the unusual position of being 4 points down after the the initial two meetings earlier in the year but soon made up the deficit helped with a double silver for David Bigglestone in the 50m breaststroke and freestyle.  The floodgates soon opened and at the final tally the collective score for men and women was 370 points with the nearest team 51 points short. Among many superb times posted were notable performances by Collete Fear, Sharon Allen, Shirley Seabrook and Chris Jessup, who all took County records. Carol Vaughan and Chris Jessup ended the year being the highest ranked Salisbury Masters  swimmers in the county with a fantastic 25 and 24 points respectively.

Dave Bigglestone


2015 After the three County Championship meets


Salisbury Stingrays Masters Swimming Team are County Champions again

For the fifth time in the last seven years, Salisbury Stingrays Masters swimmers have triumphed in the Wiltshire County Championships again, with every member of the Masters swimming team winning a medal of one colour or another in the final Gala.

The three stage Masters Swimming competition started in February at Swindon, with a second meet in June at Trowbridge and a final leg hosted by Salisbury at the 5 Rivers Pool in October.  With almost three quarters of the team available on 3 Oct, they swept to victory in fine style, winning both the men’s and women’s events by nearly 240 points.  Salisbury picked up 36 individual Gold medals and two County records and won the County Relay trophy.

Fifteen teams in all competed over the year, representing clubs from Swindon, Corsham, Wootton Bassett, Marlborough, Bradford, Warminster and Chippenham, but Salisbury took first place with a combined score of 400 points, beating Swindon, the next closest team who scored just 167.  With a total of 92 medals, special mention must go to Liz Latter who came away with 5 Gold medals, while Nell Walker, Rob Langan and Wade Graham each picked up 4 Gold medals.  Rob Langan also won the Men’s under 39 overall individual champion trophy.  County Butterfly records tumbled as well, courtesy of Carol Vaughan and Shirley Seabrook.

Salisbury Stingrays continue to be a centre of excellence for sport in the city and the county and have a membership of nearly 300 male and female aged between 13 and 83 and a junior squad always pressing for recognition.  The Masters section is unique with a membership ranging from 19 – 83 years of age and it is a family club as well; Ewan Walker, at 19 one of our youngest swimmers, swam in five individual events and a relay, then watched his Mum Nell pick up 4 Golds, while his Grandpa and Masters Coach, Ron Pankhurst, applauded them both from the stands.

John Sneesby

2015  6 June County Championships 2 at Trowbridge

Results after the two county competitions

Women team result
1 Salisbury Stingrays        111
2 Swindon Dolphin            56
3 Warminster & District    50

Men team  result
1 Salisbury Stingrays     85
2 Corsham                       74
3 Swindon Dolphin       49.5

Combined Result (there are some mixed relays which only appear here)
1 Salisbury Stingrays      206
2 Corsham                        125
3  Swindon Dolphin        110.5

2015  21 February County Championships 1 at Swindon
Really well done everyone, lots of golds, very good times and there we are in the lead after Block One.  Courtesy of the ladies of course, but we are not far back in 3rd place in the Men’s events and if we are in touching distance come Oct at Salisbury, anything is possible.  23 points ahead after the Swindon Gala is not at all bad.  Couple of DQs to coach out of the system, Ron – Pippa has the details.
John Sneesby

Women team result
1 Salisbury Stingrays 64
2 Swindon Dolphin    28
3 Bradford on Avon    25

Men team result
1 Corsham                     45
2 Swindon Dolphin     43.5
3 Salisbury Stingrays   33

Combined Result (there are some mixed relays which only appear here)
1 Salisbury Stingrays    100
2 Swindon Dolphin         76.5
3 Corsham                         64

2014 below ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~2015 above

2014    4th October County Championships 3 at Salisbury
Veterans dive to fifth Wiltshire title

VETERANS from Salisbury Stingrays Swimming Club Masters have been crowned Wiltshire champions for the fifth time in six years after victory in the ultimate event.

Swimming against clubs across the county at Five Rivers Leisure Centre, the home club stormed home by 200 points to beat Swindon, Corsham, Bradford on Avon, Marlborough, Wootton Bassett and Trowbridge.

The Salisbury team picked up 32 golds, 24 silvers and 19 bronzes on a night that also saw Julia Kemp break several county records. Shirley Seabrook and Wade Graham also notched up individual ones.
Some of the Stingrays’ talent, whose membership has grown by 20 per cent, have been selected to represent Wiltshire at the South West Region National Inter County championships in Weston-super-Mare in November.

The new season starts in February with a gala in Trowbridge but club members will be practising before then.
As reported in the Salisbury Journal

2-14  1-9 Aug World Championships in Montreal, Canada.

Recently three Salisbury masters swimmers took part at the 15th World FINA Masters Championships in Montreal, Canada. The competition comprised of waterpolo, synchronised swimming, swimming, diving and open water swimming where 9,000 competitors from 97 countries poured into Montreal. A staggering 6,000 of the competitors were swimmers. The oldest swimmers were a 95 year old man from Canada and a 97 year old lady from New Zealand an incredible achievement in itself.

Chris Jessup did 5 events in the 65-69 year age group. He went in the100m Breaststroke first followed by the100m fly, and it was in the event that a fantastic PB of 1 minute 45.52 seconds secured him 10th position & a medal for finishing in the top 10 in his age group. Chris also competed in the 50m breastroke, 200m breaststroke and the 200m butterfly where he came 11th narrowly missing out on a second medal.

“I met lots of interesting people from a wide range of countries. Some I had no common language with but a smile and a handshake works well. Some I have met in a number of previous world championships and others I met for the first time this year. It all makes for a friendly and inspiring competition” Chris commented.

Rob Langan also competed in 5 events, the 400m & 200m freestyle as well as the 200m, 100m & 50m backstroke. In his 2nd World Championship, Rob hoped to finish his season on a high. Phil Muspratt was in his 2nd World Championships also & his 5th international competition in total. The British number one who has taken titles at the Scottish National Championships as well as both the British Short & Long Course Championships was looking to take his success onto the international stage.

His week got off to a disappointing start in the 200m backstroke where a time of 2 minutes 34.11 seconds left him in 15th position, however after accessing his race he made the necessary adjustments & the following day he used his 200m freestyle race to attempt his 200m backstroke event again & came away with a much improved time of 2 minutes 27  seconds. Rob followed up this with a 22nd & 21st place finish in the 50m & 100m backstroke. His best result however came on the last day of competition where he recorded an 11th place finish in the 400m freestyle, rounding off a pleasing week for the Salisbury swimmer.

“I was very disappointed with how I swam in the 200m backstroke however my 200m freestyle event, which allows you to swim whatever stroke you want, allowed me to have another go at my 200m backstroke & I was much happier with my time, which would’ve also put me into an improved 13th position. Swimming backstroke in an out door pool is always a massive challenge as you have no roof to follow & as you can appreciate, out door 50m pools aren’t exactly common in England! To get 11th spot in the 400m freestyle was also very pleasing & a testament to the hard work I’ve been doing in the pool, this showed my fitness was there & resembled the hard work I’ve put in. I’m looking forward to a deserved rest & to come back strong next season.” Langan explained.

The first event for Phil was the 100m freestyle where a seasons best time gave Phil 4th place. His next race was his least favoured, the 200m freestyle, where he claimed 10th position following a well paced race. Phil then competed in the 50m freestyle, his favoured event & where he had his highest hopes. Sadly he could only manage 6th place. He did however finish as the highest places British swimmer in each of his freestyle events. He went one better in the 100m & 50m freestyle finishing as the top European swimmer. Phil finished his championships off with the 50m backstroke.

“I said before the World Championships that the big threat would come from Brazil & America. This turned out to be very much the case as in the 100m freestyle Brazil took gold, silver & bronze and again the top 2 positions in the 50m freestyle. Low & behold the fastest man ever over 50m & 100m freestyle is Brazilian, they’re such a strong sprinting nation.  To come away with three top 10 finishes is a good result for me all things considered, however the frustrating thing is that personal best times would’ve put me in the top three in at least two of my races. To be the 4th fastest 100m freestyle masters swimmer in the world is something I’m proud of though.”

“The next World Championships for me will be in 2017 in Mexico so I thoroughly plan on matching & beating those who I came up against in Montreal. I owe a great debt of thanks to my sponsors Wedderburn & especially Jones & Co Kitchens” Phil added.
Report by Phil Muspratt which was also sent to the Salisbury Journal with a picture but the picture was omitted and the report drastically cut in the paper !

2014  28th June County Championships 2 at Swindon
Stingrays take command in Swindon 

Salisbury Stingrays masters team headed to Swindon this past weekend to tackle the second round of the Masters County Championships. The second of three rounds took place at the Link Centre & Salisbury really took the county battle to their biggest rivals & hosts.
The entire team performed brilliantly, with swimmers taking multiple medals across their respective age groups. For the women several swimmers shone. Leslie Maynard took four wins from her four swims & Kelly Steenkamp also swam brilliantly taking three individual silvers, adding to that a relay silver & bronze.
For the men, Phil Muspratt & Sam Greenslade took three wins from their three individual races, with both swimmers adding a relay gold to their collection & Phil an additional relay bronze. Also with a 100% winning record were Chris Jessup & Wade Graham.

Salisbury now have a commanding lead going into the final round in October, held at home at the Five River Leisure Centre. The team scores after two rounds are:
Salisbury Stingrays – 249
Swindon Dolphins – 167
Corsham – 122
Bradford on Avon – 114

Other swimmers competing: Vicky Newell, Cerian Trevan, Nell Walker, Pippa Carter, Sharon Allen, Ewan Walker, Rob Langan, John Sneesby, Warren Martin, Will Collings-Wells, Jon Russell, Mark Robertson, Luke Greenslade & Dave Bigglestone.

Report by Phil Muspratt

2014  13-15th June National Long Course Championships at Swansea

SALISBURY masters swimmers Phil Muspratt and Rob Langan returned home from Swansea and the British Gas Long Course Masters Championships with some brilliant results.

The three day event held at the Wales National Pool hosted several hundred competitors all battling it out to become Britain’s best in their respective age groups. Swimmers from all over Britain attended as well as competitors from Sweden, Poland, Russia, Switzerland and Germany.

Langan, who is still in heavy training and not rested for this event, took on a gruelling set of events. Taking on the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle as well as the 50m, 100, and 200m backstroke it was always going to be a tough weekend. It was more a case of looking at the bigger picture for the local swimmer as Langan claimed a well deserved bronze in the 200m backstroke. He also came agonisingly close to two more medals in the 50m and 100m backstroke, taking fourth spot in both events.

Langan put his performances into perspective, “I was pleased with all of my performances, my races all felt strong but as I have been training hard the last few weeks and didn’t taper for this competition I wasn’t expecting any more in all honesty, so I’m not overly disappointed. By far my best race was the 100m Backstroke and 100m freestyle, both races provided good learning points ready to take forward in preparations for the World Championships in August.”

Muspratt also had a memorable championship. Despite having seven stitches from a three inch laceration he won gold in both his favoured events – the 50m and 100m freestyle.  The injury and lack of fitness showed in the 200m freestyle as he only managed a disappointing fourth place but the recent power training paid off as it had at the Scottish National Championships in April, as he took silver in the 50m backstroke in a new personal best of 28.96 seconds.

It could have been so much better for the swimmer as he was selected to swim in a European record attempt relay event with three other swimmers from another club. Due to dual registration, he would have been able to be a part of the record attempt. However, due to an administrative error by British Swimming, their attempt was scuppered and the quartet did not even take to the pool.

Muspratt commented, “Considering where I was less than two weeks ago I’m delighted with this weekend. My 50m freestyle felt good as did much of my 100m free, the last 25m was a bit painful. The 200m wasn’t a surprise for me, but that’ll be severely addressed before Canada in six weeks. Surprisingly my swim of the weekend was the 50m backstroke, very much my fun event and I came away with a PB, so I was well chuffed and glad to end the weekend on a high note.”

Muspratt once again offered his thanks to his long term sponsors, “A massive thank you to Jones and Co for all their support, the two golds and silver is all made possible by their support over the past couple of years.”

Chris Jessup who swims in the 65-69 age group also competed at the British Gas Masters Long Course Championships. His best result at the championships was a silver medal in the 200m butterfly on the first day of competition. In four events on the following day, he picked up two bronze medals in the 200m breaststroke and the 100m butterfly and also claimed two 5th places in 50m breaststroke and the 400m freestyle. On the final day of the championships he then claimed a 3rd bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke, together with another 5th place finish, this time in the 50m butterfly.

2014 19th April Scottish National Short Course Championships

Jones & Co sponsored swimmer Phil Muspratt returned home from the Scottish Gas National Masters Short Course Championships with four gold medals. The national event held at the Aquatic Centre in the Aberdeen Sports Village was held as a test event before the newly built facilities are opened to the public. As expected there was a strong Scottish contingent, along with competitors from across the UK & even Spain.
The Salisbury Stingrays swimmer travelled up to Aberdeen for the two day event last Friday where he first took to the pool in the 100m freestyle. He posted a decent time of 52.08 to take gold & extend his lead at the top of the UK rankings.
On the second day of competition Phil had the 200m freestyle. He narrowly took his second win of the championships with a disappointing time. There was no time to dwell though, as after a regroup & a quick change of race suit, Phil was back in the pool for the 50m backstroke. It was a much improved performance for the swimmer as he took gold in 27.24 seconds, just 0.05 seconds off his PB, taking him from 2nd to comfortably 1st in the UK rankings.
In the afternoon session Phil had his final & favourite race, the 50m freestyle. He posted a rapid time of 23.18 to take gold & like his 100m freestyle, further cement his number 1 UK ranking.
“The facilities up here in Aberdeen are fantastic. On the whole I am really happy with how this weekend went. My 50m backstroke & freestyle times were hugely pleasing. Technically my 50m freestyle wasn’t great as my turn was poor, so to swim so close to my PBs when unshaven & untapered is both encouraging & frustrating at the same time. The power work I’m doing in the gym is clearly working & producing results. It indicates some even faster times are on the way.”
“I have the British Championships in June & the World Championships in August, so it’s very much a case of getting my head down & working really hard on my fitness right through to Canada. My sincere thanks goes to Jones & Co for their support, they’ve been amazing.”

2014  13th April  Gloucester Open Meet
Salisbury Masters duo, Rob Langan & Phil Muspratt, were in Gloucester this past weekend at the Gloucester Masters Open Meet. Held at the GL1 Leisure Centre, the one day even provided some much needed race prep for the duo who have some big competitions on the horizon this summer.

Rob competed in six events, including the 400m, 200m, 100m, & 50m freestyle, as well as the 100m & 50m backstroke. Rob got off to a great start taking gold in the mens 400m freestyle, putting him top of the UK rankings for his age group. More success was to come for Rob as he took silver in the 100m backstroke. Rob took three more silvers during the day, in the 200m & 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke. Rob’s silvers, along with team mate Phil Muspratt, were part of a hatrick of Salisbury 1-2’s as Phil took gold in the same events.

Jones & Co sponsored swimmer, Phil Muspratt, took part in his usual four events, the 200m, 100m & 50m freestyle and the 50m backstroke. He took gold in each of his four events with his time in the 50m backstroke putting him 2nd in the UK rankings and breaking his own meet record in the process. His times in his three freestyle events put him top of the UK rankings for his age group. For the second time in the day, Phil broke his own meet record in the 50m freestyle. His results from the day & subsequent placing in the UK rankings was a timely confidence booster for the swimmer as he heads to the Scottish National Masters Championships this coming weekend.

Both swimmers will be back in masters action in June as they head to Swansea for the British Masters Long Course Championships and to Canada for the World Masters Championships at the end of July.

2014  22nd February County Championships Block 1 at Trowbridge Results

The current team standings are encouraging – Men ahead by 39 points and Women by 23 and overall by 63 points as a combined team.
Some very good individual performances, the pick of them were our two new record holders Dave Bryant (100 Fly – 1.10.88) and Sharon (25 Breast – 19.89), but Golds in their first Masters Gala for us to Sam Greenslade, Sharon and Chris Jessup deserve a mention as well as Phil Muspratt, who still brings home the points.  Phil and Sam are joint leaders in the Men’s under 39; Lesley, Lorna and Carol level with 7 points in the Women’s 40 and over and Dave Bryant with a maximum 12 points in the Men’s over 40 – Wade and Chris Jessup a little bit behind on 7 points but still in there.  Some outstanding swimming in the Men’s 100 Free with us picking up 5 Golds, 3 silvers  and a bronze from the 10 age groups.   Relays were a bit disappointing and we only really did well where we had parity in the age groups, so with just Cerian in the under 40 age groups, we only managed 10 points from all the relays – more younger ladies next time will be a help.
Over all very encouraging, although we all noticed that there were many fewer swimmers than in recent years, so no resting on our laurels, because Swindon will come out all guns blazing at the next Gala.  Which is Sat 31st May – get it in your diaries (100 Back, 100 Breast, 50 Fly & 25 Free + 7 relays).
Well done all