Congratulations to Chiara Rogers, Celyn Walmsley, Chantal Smith , Nicola Pasquire and Matthew Wright for your swims up in Sheffield bringing Team Luton’s 2016/17 season to a highly successful conclusion.
Finals and top ten places were secured by all, topped off by Matthew winning Gold in the English 400m Freestyle, albeit representing Bath University where he has just finished his first year’s studies. Read here for a full report.
The fantastic results are testament to all of the hours put in by our swimmers and all of our coaching staff. It was also a fitting end to Adam Taylor’s first year as Head Coach coming just after the club recognised all of its up and coming swimmers, with over 120 club records established over the last year.
Three members of Team Luton Masters are heading off to Budapest for the World Masters Swimming Championships next week.
Karen Mackenzie competes in the 40-44 year age group 50m and 100m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle and the 200m IM. For Karen this is her debut on the World stage having only started competing as a Masters two years ago.
Graham Powell, who won a bronze over 50m Backstroke at the World Masters championships back in 1996, competes over 50m, 100m and 200m Backstroke plus the 50m and 100m Butterfly in the 60-64 year age group. He is ranked 6th on entry times for both the 50m Back and 100m Fly and 7th for the 100m Back.
Colin Mayes swims in the 60-64 years 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke and the 200m IM.
Our younger swimmers were in spectacular form over the second May Bank Holiday weekend competing over in Norwich.
Rhys Davidson won a gold, a silver and two bronze medals with all nine of our swimmers each recording long course personal best times (or finishing within a fraction of a second of them).
As Adam Taylor commented, “All swimmers came away with plenty of process goals to work on into their final competitions of the season. Congratulations to all who competed and represented Team Luton so professionally”.
Read here for a detailed report on everyone’s achievements at both rounds of the East Region Long Course Championships.
Chantal Smith who has qualified for the British Summer Championships in the 400m & 800m Freestyle;
Celyn Walmsley who has qualified for the English Summer Championships in the 100m & 200m Breaststroke and both the 200m & 400m Individual Medley;
Chiara Rogers who has also qualified for the English Summer Championships in the 100m & 200m Breaststroke.
As Adam Coach says. “This is a huge achievement, one everyone at Team Luton is proud of. Good luck from all of us this summer!”
We will also be rooting for Matthew Wright who in his first year at Bath University has qualified for the 1,500m Freestyle at the British Summer Championships and the 400m Freestyle at the English Summer Championships.
Over the weekend of 13th / 14th May we ran our second Long Course open meet within this year’s National Qualifying window. It was another well organised competition, running smoothly from start to finish, enabling swimmers from clubs all over the UK to enjoy themselves and swim fast.
The meet itself provided some big improvements, especially from our younger swimmers competing. There was also a notable success in the form of a Senior County Record in the Women’s 400m Freestyle for Chantal Smith. Her winning time was 4:27.73. Congratulations Chantal!
Adam Taylor, our Head Coach, said, “It’s great to see the commitment and hard work from both swimmers and coaches alike paying off. A massive thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped run our competitions so far this season – we have one left in July which I’m sure will be just as much of a success as all of the others. We couldn’t do it without you!”
Times and positions from both the April and May Long Course meets continue to be available at RESULTS.
We had a small but focussed group of swimmers competing over the 29th April – 1st May Bank Holiday weekend at our home pool, Inspire.
The team were successful with Chantal Smith gaining a Gold (800m FC) and 2 Silvers (200m / 400m FC), Celyn Walmsley a Gold (200m I.M) and a Silver (400 I.M), not to mention the numerous finals and Personal Best Times made in a variety of events.
Congratulations to all the swimmers that competed. We continue to make big strides forward and everyone is proud of the progress you’re making!
May is a busy month for swimmers of all ages. Our top Team Luton swimmers have two more meets coming up this month – our own Long Course Level 1 Meet (13th – 14th May) and then the East Region Age Group champs 27th – 29th May in Norwich Our youngsters (9- 12 years) meanwhile have Round 2 of the M11 League whilst some of our Masters are travelling to Norwich, Nuneaton or Bexleyheath to compete in Open Meets.
As our Head Coach, Adam Taylor, says, “Quality process brings quality outcome! Keep up the great work”.
Karen MacKenzie won all six of her races at Newmarket as our Masters collected 12 Gold, 8 Silver and 3 Bronze medals with Graham Powell breaking his own 200m Freestyle County record. All six swimmers were in medal winning form. Read on for full report…