A marathon gala sees Satel­lites rise

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

THE Satel­lites’ swim­ming team has just com­peted in the Cheshire County Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships held at Macclesfield over the last three week­ends.

It was a marathon meet and a huge test for all the swim­mers that swam, with some days go­ing onto to 12 hours on deck.

Head coach Ric Howard was full of pride and ad­mi­ra­tion for his charges, say­ing: “This year Satel­lites took a rel­a­tively in­ex­pe­ri­enced team to the Coun­ties and ev­ery swim­mer who went ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions for at least one swim.

“I was re­ally pleased with the way the team swam and how tough they were when the long days set in.”

There was an out­stand­ing Coun­ties de­but from Ruby Burns, show­ing that she is one to watch out for, while Char­lotte Tay­lor, El­lie Bloor, Jake Ste­wart, Adam Frost, Chris­tian Howitt, Katie Hughes Aimee Mather and Paulo Quiroz all put up very solid per­for­mances for youth swim­mers at this time of the sea­son.

A host of top-drawer Satel­lites per­for­mances led to ap­pear­ances in fi­nals and the smash­ing of some long-stand­ing per­sonal best times.

Lizzie Caunt got back to swim­ming PBs, as did Greg Ste­wart, while Hannah Daw­son con­tin­ued her great form with some out­stand­ing swims through the two week­ends.

Eve Gib­bons, Ge­or­gia Bell, Rachel Smith, Mary Nel­son and El­lie Percy also showed im­pres­sive form and saw their PBs im­prove dramatically.

Joe Lind­say, Fionn Car­men, Ethan Ne­vitt and Ja­son Ken­ning all showed that they are im­prov­ing be­yond ex­pec­ta­tions and are com­ing back into form nicely for the busy com­pe­ti­tion sea­son ahead.

Younger swim­mers such as Will Martin­dale, Lara Craw­ford, Natasha Fa­hey, Lily Holmes, Kara Mather and Jess Birchenough all showed that the work that is be­ing done at the younger end of the squad is work­ing and that they have some bril­liant emerg­ing tal­ents with Lara win­ning a bronze medal in the 800FC one of the tough­est events there is for any swim­mer.

A spe­cial men­tion must go to the re­lay teams, who per­formed out of their skin de­spite late line-up changes.

The 10-11 year old boys’ team – Theo Pointer, Nick Jack­son, Lu­cas An­der­son and Will Martin­dale – fin­ish fourth in both the med­ley team and the front crawl teams.

Four swim­mers fin­ished in the top eight rank­ings in their age group. They were Will Martin­dale (eighth), Joe Lind­say (fifth), Lara Craw­ford (eighth) and Adam Frost (eighth).

“It would be im­pos­si­ble to try and men­tion ev­ery sin­gle swim, but we were enor­mously pleased and proud to see what the team did this year,” added Ric. “A huge con­grat­u­la­tions to all those who swam, gained per­sonal bests, and gained a topeight fin­ish.

“As a team we have out­per­formed ex­pec­ta­tions and the bar is al­ways ris­ing, which is a sign of a club with a very bright fu­ture.”

RICH­MOND ROVERS

U9 Skys 0 Great Moor Pan­thers 0. U9 Ma­roons 5 Great Moor Pumas 1. Goals: Caine (2), G Moult, L Moult, Oakes. U9 Clarets 2 Spur­ley Hey 2. Goals: Ethan Lavin (2). U9 Blues 1 Spur­ley Hey 1. Goal: Northgate. U10 Blues 5 Barca Star 0. Goals: Evie Creaven (2), Dan Bar­low, Matty Leach, Sam Woos­nam. U10 Clarets 2 Macc RUFC Ju­niors 0. GOals: JAke Pen­ning­ton, Matt Mul­laney. U10 Ma­roons 3 Hill­gate Utd Blues 0. Goals: Tyler Fredric­son (3). U10 Skys 2 Hill­gate Utd Whites 0. Goals: Ethan Jar­man, Sasha Aisal. U11 Clarets 1 Rose Hill Rovers 3. Goal: Jamie Cron­shaw. U12 Rhi­nos 4 Macclesfield RUFC 1. Goals: Bow­den, Rim­mer, Quilig­otti, Jef­feries. U14 girls 0 Ash­ton Pumas 5. U15s 4 In­ter Macc 2. Goals: Gould, Porter, Rim­mer, Bennett. U16s 0 Stock­port Ju­nior Blues.

MACCLESFIELD TIGERS

U15s 7 Wins­ford 0. Goals: Sam Ash­ton (3), Harry Whit­tam, Ross Keeler, Cal­lum Atkin­son, 1 OG.

MACCLESFIELD PAN­THERS

U14s 8 Red­dish North End 1. Goals: Rhyce Mal­lard (5), Joe Cobey (2), Luke Pem­ber­ton.

BOLLING­TON UNITED

U16s 0 Bramhall North Fal­cons 4.

●● Mike Smith and Chris Hotchen from the club’s Ecol­ogy Com­mit­tee show the awards

●● The Satel­lites’ class of 2015 ex­celled at the re­cent County Cham­pi­onships

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