Congratulations to Katy Cutler who was a recipient of one of the new Funding Future Olympians and Paralympians Scholarships at the Wiltshire Sports Awards.
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 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.
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.
Salisbury Stringrays had six swimmers competing at the South West Regional Short Course Championships, which were held at Millfield School. Swam in a 25 meter pool, the two-day event, held from the 3rd to the 4th of December attracted the very best of the South West region.
Rob Langan, Ellie Wolverson, Ginnie Baker, Louise Davidson, Jenny Wiltshire and Phil Muspratt were in action over the weekend, taking part in various events, all coming away with great performances and several personal best times. Adam Davidson was due to compete but unfortunately had to pull out through injury.
The level of competition was fierce to say the least, especially when considering the likes of Plymouth Leander were attending the event. Leander are one of the most dominating teams in the country, let alone in the region and stats from the 1st morning session of weekend, back that statement to he hills. From the morning session of the 3rd of December, 7 finals were swam, each consisting of 8 swimmers. Of the 56 swimmers who made the 7 finals that morning, 26 (46%) were from Plymouth Leander. Of the 21 medals available, 14 (67%) were won by Plymouth Leander swimmers, with 6 of the 7 gold medals up for grabs going to the team from Devon, who boast swimmers who have represented their county at junior, youth and senior level.
Phil Muspratt reached two championship finals, the 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle, despite being ill in the week leading up to the event.
In the 50m freestyle Phil recorded a new personal best time of 23.21 seconds, his fastest time since before the full body suits were banned. He finished in second place behind Antony James and ahead of James Young in 3rd and Aaron Rickhuss in 4th position.
In the 100m final Phil produced another PB performance in a time of 51.33 seconds. Phil finished in a creditable 5th place, 1 100th of a second off 4th place and only Plymouth Leander swimmers ahead of him. James Young took gold on this occasion, with Antony James in second place. Joseph Patching took 3rd place, Steven Beckerleg taking 4th place and Aaron Rickhuss finished in 6th place.
Salisbury Stingrays travelled to Millfield School in Street, Somerset to compete in the Division 1 ‘A’ final. Having been promoted to Division 1 due to a league restructure, Salisbury had already surpassed expectations by qualifying for the ‘A’ final. Having finished in the top half of the 18 team division, Salisbury went into the final, held at the 8 lane 50m long course pool at Millfield, ranked in 8th place.
As they had done in previous rounds leading to the final, Salisbury Stingrays excelled to finish in 6th place overall, two places better than their ranking going into the event. All the participating swimmers played their part in the Stingrays great performance and put up a fantastic fight for the cause.
Salisbury did claim a trio of wins at the highly competitive event, where promotion would see the winning team pitted against the likes of Millfield & Plymouth Leander in the Premier Division.
Those wins came courtesy of two of Salisbury’s current & future breastroking stars; Luke Demetri and Sidney Fenwick. Luke claimed his win in the boys 13 & under 50m breastroke and in the same discipline Sidney swept to his win in the boys 11 & under age group, as both boys produced top draw swims to win their respective races.
Also to gain a win was Phil Muspratt in the mens open age group 100m freestyle.
Salisbury finished just four points off 5th position overall, with three disqualifications proving costly. Despite this, the shine wasn’t to be taken off their evening, after such a brilliant team performance. Huge credit also goes to Salisbury Stingrays coach Eric Henderson, who’s been with the club just over a year & played a massive part behind the clubs evident progression.