Satel­lites en­joy run of suc­cess

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SWIM­MING

THE Satel­lite swim­ming squad have been busy this month af­ter com­pet­ing in na­tional and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions, along with host­ing the an­nual Satel­lite Open held in Mac­cles­field.

Satel­lites held the 28th An­nual Open Meet and had great suc­cess, win­ning 28 gold medals, 38 sil­ver and 38 bronze.

Along­side se­nior swim­mers such as Ben Arkle, Char­lotte Tay­lor, Davina Christie, Mary Tay­lor, Katie Hughes and David Fryer-Win­der all pro­duc­ing solid swims, there was some out­stand­ing per­for­mances from the ju­nior end of the squad.

A spe­cial men­tion must go to Rachel Tay­lor who swam and smashed ev­ery sin­gle one of her per­sonal best times, which is a great tes­ta­ment to the train­ing and the com­mit­ment she has shown since be­ing given a place in the Fast Track squad.

The likes of Nick Jack­son, Sam and Tom Prince Will Martin­dale, Ja­son Ken­ning, Jack Crocker and Johnny Grout all per­formed well for the boys too.

Satel­lites has a bril­liant tra­di­tion of pro­duc­ing great age group swim­mers and the lat­est group of fe­male tal­ent is look­ing very strong.

There were swims from the likes of Holly Dil­lon, Tilly Jones, Lilly Holmes, Jaye Christie, Abbie Fryer-Win­der, Natasha Fahey, Rhi­an­non and Chloe Fos­ter, Kara Mather and Jas­mine John­son, who all showed that the club is head­ing in the right di­rec­tion and that they have good strength in depth through the squad.

A few days prior to that event were the Bri­tish Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships, which were held in Lon­don. This meet sees the very best swim­mers from around the coun­try in the open age groups com­pete to be crowned the na­tional cham­pion, and be se­lected for the team that are com­pet­ing on the world or Euro­pean stage that year.

Satel­lites had Ben Arkle there this year com­pet­ing at the tri­als in the 100 and 200m Breast­stroke.

This was Ben’s first time at the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships, but he swam very well and over­came his nerves to per­form bril­liantly on the day.

He swam just out­side his per­sonal best times, and in his 100m swim fin­ished just out­side the fi­nal places that would have seen him be in the fastest eight swim­mers in his age group across the whole coun­try.

“As a coach I was very pleased with the way Ben per­formed and saw plenty of things that we can work on for the rest of the sea­son, and go to the re­gional and na­tional com­pe­ti­tions and per­form even quicker times,” said Ric Howard.

Satel­lites also com­peted in the Stock­port Metro Meet & Wir­ral Open Meet last month too, pick­ing up six gold medals, 10 sil­ver medals and 11 bronze medals.

These meets saw swim­mers try and per­form per­sonal best times be­fore a block of train­ing into the re­gional cham­pi­onships.

At Stock­port, great per­for­mances from Ethan Nevett and Joe Lind­say saw the team rack up some more re­gional qual­i­fiers, and solid per­for­mances from the likes of Mary Nel­son, Katie Hughes, El­lie Percy, Han­nah Daw­son and Lara Craw­ford, made sure that we have got a good solid block to work from into the re­gional cham­pi­onships later on this year.

Mean­while, at Wir­ral, swim­mers such as Char­lotte Jack­son, Sam Frost, Matt Willis, Fionn Car­men, Jess Birchenough and Lizzie Caunt, also showed fan­tas­tic form with some swim­mers smash­ing their per­sonal best times and show­ing the work we have been do­ing in train­ing is work­ing very well.

●● Satel­lites swim­ming squad at the re­cent Satel­lite Open held in Mac­cles­field

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