Swimmers make a splash at Greater Manchester Championships
Tuesday 9th April 2019 @ 09:47 by Mark Phillip

Ashton Swimming Club has been making a splash at the Greater Manchester Championships.

Eleven of the club’s swimmers pitted themselves against the best in the county over two weekends at Wigan Life Centre.

Between them they swam a total of 47 races and recorded 31 personal best times – a total of 66 per cent.  They managed a medal haul of 11, with seven of them being gold.

Ben Haughton was the swimmer making the headlines with five gold medal performances across all four strokes (100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle) and three personal best times.  Ben had a very special weekend of competition.  If the second weekend belonged to Ben, our most consistent performer was Daniel Wild who made an eye-catching debut in the first session by winning the 50m butterfly and over the following sessions he managed a silver (50m freestyle) and two bronze (50 backstroke and 100m IM) each of these being a personal best.  The stand out performer in the final session was Lyra Holmes.  She won all three of her heats in personal best times and carried home gold in the 50m backstroke and silver in the 100m freestyle.  

Joshua Barton was also making his first appearance at the championships.  Josh’s highlight was his 100m freestyle, adding to his previous two PBs with an impressive four second improvement.  The first weekend finished with best times from Scarlett Cornwell (4), Kian Tevlin (2) and Lois Davies (2).

Sophie Kershaw looked impressive in her 200m breaststroke heat win; Sophie finished with two Pbs. Tegan Shaw just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in the 50m butterfly and there were smiles all around when her brother Callum knocked two seconds off his best to go under 30 seconds in the 50m freestyle.  Callum finished with four PBs.  Lily Smith made a cameo appearance in the 400m IM claiming a frustrating 4th place but with a personal best.

Following the event, Head Coach Colin Holmes said: “Congratulations to all our swimmers, with a very respectable showing.  Their behaviour on poolside was, as ever, impeccable. And we are increasingly looking more professional and confident.  Thanks to Barbara and Sophie for steering the ship on the first weekend and well done to all the parents who made the effort in getting there for those early weekend starts.”