NW Regional Championships 2015
This year’s North West Regional Championships were held over 3 weekends in May and June in Liverpool and Manchester.
To qualify for the Regional Championships is a huge achievement in itself, and our 9 swimmers did extremely well in this competition where the standard of swimming is extremely high, achieving a fantastic 19 final & reserve final places.
Thomas Dugdale (13) had a long wait until the final day of the Championships to compete in the 50m Butterfly. Tom had a strong swim, finishing in 12th position.
Aimee Banks (14) has come of age this year and had an outstanding competition, reaching the final in 5 of her events. 4th place in the final of the 50m Backstroke was the highlight for her and a PB of 32.72 qualified Aimee for her first ASA Championships in August.
Ella Mounsey (14) swam very well, finishing in the top 11 in all 3 of her events, achieving PBs and reserve finalist positions in the 100 & 200m Backstroke events.
Hannah Edwards (14) qualified for several events this year and put in some solid performances. Her three Breaststroke swims were all top 14 finishes, with a 50m Breaststroke PB achieving a reserve finalist position.
Alex Livingstone (14) had a great competition, achieving PBs and top 15 places in 3 of her 4 events, including an excellent 800m Freestyle swim during the first weekend.
Emily Reay (15) has battled with injury this season and despite a very unfortunate DQ at the start of the 50m Freestyle, swam well in the 50m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle events.
Holly Salisbury (15) swam in 4 Freestyle events, and achieved reserve finalist positions in the 50 & 100m Freestyle, with a PB of 29.51 in the 50m event.
Jess Shatford (16) has also battled injury this year, but managed two smooth, powerful swims in the 50m Breaststroke heat and final to finish in 4th place with a PB of 35.09. This time qualified Jess for the British Championships in July.
Competing in the Open age group, Josh Thompson (17) had a superb competition, reaching finals in 8 out of his 9 events. A very strong swim of 30.11 was enough to win the 50m Breaststroke, but Josh’s highlights were his excellent performances in the Freestyle events with PB’s and 2nd, 4th and 5th place finishes in 50m (24.07), 100m (52.54) and 200m (1.55.95).