Our swimmers rocked it, finishing with an epic canon race! Well done to all of our swimmers, you were amazing! Special mention to Bea for best cheerleading and Lily for best spinning, and I’m pleased to announce that the Preston volunteers announced us the unofficial best dressed club of the meet! It’s the little details that count!
Well done to our awesome canon relay of Jessica, Ian, Mollie, Luca, Scarlett, Brogan, Eva and Max who provided us with great entertainment and perfect screeching opportunities!
Here are the medal winners …. Hannah B 🥉🥉🥈, Luca 🥉🥇🥉🥉, Max 🥈🥈🥈🥈, Scarlett 🥇🥉🥉🥇, Ella 🥉🥉, Jessica 🥇🥇🥈🥇🥉, Imogen 🥉🥈🥈🥈, Toby 🥇🥈, Emily 🥈, Amelie 🥉🥉, Frankie 🥈🥈🥈, Ian 🥉, Brogan 🥈 and Mollie 🥉
The 2023 Swim England National Awards are where members and organisations of the aquatics community are recognised for their commitment and passion for the sports.
This year’s ceremony honoured both those who have excelled and made a significant contribution to the sport but also recognised the very best of the aquatics workforce across the country. A total of 23 awards were presented during the ceremony at Birmingham University’s Great Hall on Saturday 18 November.
It was a huge honour for our Club to be awarded gold and named Swimming Club of the Year by Swim England. An incredible achievement especially with Altrincham Leisure Centre being currently closed for refurbishment and the challenges that has brought.
This Award is a fantastic achievement for our club. It's testimony to the hard work that everyone puts in every day to make our Club a great place to be! Thank you to all the swimmers and their families, the Coaches, the Committee and the Officials who make it possible for the Club to be ambitious and to continuously improve. We are honoured to have been awarded Club of the Year, and we are looking forward to a year long celebration! Kate Offord, ASC Head Coach
It is a privilege to be part of a Club where so many people put so much in, day-in day-out, to bring out the best in each other and make this club such a success. You deserve to be very proud of yourselves, and it is wonderful that it is recognised through this award! Oliver Banks, ASC Chair.
The winner this month is Erin M - C1 - "for smashing out an amazing 50 Breast at the Trafford Development gala and growing in confidence
and stepping up to race and great focus in training". Well done Erin! You had lots of votes from the Coaches and it's great to see hard work
Nominations this month were:
Mikaela J - C1 "for always working really hard, listening, great attendance and stepping up to any challenge set and swimming well at the Trafford Development Gala"
Sophia R - Performance "for training ethic and any 11 year old that smashes out a 200 IM long course gets my vote..."
Oliver G - Senior Competition "he puts in the effort and gets on with the sessions without any moaning... also seen him enter more competitions (ABCs)"
Alex RT – C1 - "she's really upped her game in training... she's trying hard and listening to advice to correct her strokes and make her technique better"
Ian M - C1 - "Ian is showing a lot of promise, with great relay split times at the Trafford Development Gala'
James F - Performance "showing the right attitude in training and is training well"
Trafford Borough Development Gala Team - For being truly amazing and taking the win convincingly! Some great skills and speed on show!
Michael G - Performance - "for all round great attitude and performance across all 4 strokes at the Manchester meet"
The Swimmer of the Month for July goes to Lachie B for his performance at British Nationals. Lachie recorded a best ever result and a great PB in the 200 IM, coming 8th in the final of the 16 years age group. This is an incredible achievement and Lachie is a fantastic role model for our Club. After this week, Lachie is moving on from Altrincham Swimming Club in a fully facilitated and supported move to the City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team (COMAST) to see if he can push his swimming to the next level.
Lachie will remain an Altrincham SC swimmer for life and will be coming back for swim training when he wants to, the Summer Barbecue, Swim Camp and Arena League. We wish Lachie the very best of luck with the move, and we will be cheering you on for the next stage of your swimming journey.
July marks the end of our 2022/2023 swimming season, and Altrincham Swimming Club has had an amazing year. It's fitting therefore that our Swimmer of the Month nominations this month are particularly special. The nominations were:
Bo S & Isabelle D (Performance) & Joseph A (Competition) who raced at the North West & North East Regional Open Water Championships, with Bo and Isabelle winning their first Cheshire County Medals. The swim was non wetsuit on a cold and windy day and Joseph battled the cold (nearly ending up with hypothermia) for an excellent finish and a swim we were all so proud of.
Sophia R, Luca W, Mollie O, Oscar L, Isabelle D, Brogan H, Eva S & Max O for an amazing Cannon Relay at the Richmond Dales Summer Madness Meet in Leeds. This was an incredible team effort with some super fast swimming. It was nail biting stuff and what swimming is all about.
Beatrice (Competition) - 'she's such a happy, smiley girl at training and really trying hard. Also, she's found her brave and is doing great in competitions"
Xander (D3) - he "is really upping his game in training. Working hard on the ABCs. And taking on some big galas in the last few months"
Viyom (Senior) "since he has come back from his exams he has put 100% effort into each session he has done. As well as listening and taking on board advice to improve stroke"
Asser (Performance) "since moving over he has settled in very well with the other swimmers and has a good attitude to training'
Head Coach's round-up of the 2022/23 swimming season.
Massive well done to our Club Captain Lachie who not only finished his GCSE's today but has had confirmation that he's qualified for a grand total of 5 event a British and English Nationals this year. This is outstanding! GB 400 IM, GB 200 IM, English 200 Back, 100 Back and 50 Back. Well done for all your hard work Lachie, everyone at Altrincham Swimming Club is incredibly proud of you.
The winner this month is Oscar LR from Performance Squad. After major surgery in September, Oscar worked incredibly hard to rehabilitate and then he really pushed on with his swimming showing patience, grit and determination. One of our hardest trainers, Oscar kept his head when times must have been difficult, and he got the work done. His hard work was rewarded by a fantastic 100 Fly at Regionals which earned him a place in the finals. A Regional final is a great achievement at the best of times but after the year he’s had, no one deserved it more than Oscar. Well done and keep up the great work!
There were two nominations this month for Swimmer of the Month - both were extremely strong candidates for the title. Our Runner Up this month was Thomas B, who had a lot of nominations from the Coaching Team. Thomas has really raised his game and his swimming is going from strength to strength with some fantastic performances both in training and when racing. Well done Thomas, your effort and commitment are great to see, and you are really role modelling our Swimmer ABCs. Keep it up and you will go from strength to strength.
Joseph Adams, Senior Squad. The winner this month has worked incredibly hard to completely revamp his front crawl technique which has taken a lot of effort, focus and determination. All of the Coaches have commented on how brilliant his front crawl has become, it's incredibly smooth and streamlined. Well done Joseph Adams, we love your attitude to trying your best every session and the changes you
have made are not easy to do, "you are a pleasure to coach". A big well done from all of your Coaches, Dan, Andy, Kate and Tess.
Nominations this month were:
Toby Holland, Performance - made the move into Performance squad and has been training really hard. Breakthrough swim at Regionals on Sunday 30 April in the 200 Back. Followed the process perfectly and did a big PB.
Imogen Wright, Performance - has really worked hard with a good attitude in training. Some good PBs at Regionals at the end of April.
Mikaela Jansen, Development 3 - really great consistent training effort and has listened really well and worked on feedback.
Athena Tse, Competition - has worked hard, making a good step up into Competition squad and showed great dedication on Tuesday mornings with the older swimmers.
Scarlett Smith, Performance- For incredible resilience coming back from full knee reconstruction surgery in February, to not only get back to training in record time but having a go at racing Regionals and being in the fastest heats. The number of times Scarlett has had to come back from knee dislocations in the last few years would have put most swimmers off but Scarlett keeps going and is always smiling and looking for ways to improve, Keep going Scarlett, you will do it.
Max Offord, Performance - for making 2 finals on the first weekend at Regionals when, as one of the coaches said "as we all know how hard they are to get! It was great to see an Alty swimmer on that final board at Liverpool". Some great PBs too.
Jessica Soo, Performance - for consistent training effort and role modelling great attitude - "she's a machine who really cares about her swimming"
Well done to the Michaels who were representing ASC at Swansea this weekend at the Level 1 National Qualifying Meet 💙💛
Both boys swam hard, it’s been a long season and we are heading to the end of the National Qualifying Window… both boys have done us proud!
Great swimming champs!
8th 50 Back
16th 100 Free
3rd 50 Breast
12th 100 Fly
5th 400 Free
6th 100 Free
4th 200 Free
9th 100 Fly
Update on the rest of Regionals this weekend
⭐️Max made 2 finals 50 Back and 200 Back with 2 big PBs
⭐️5 boys made big PBs in the 200 back (Max, Toby, Harry, Sam & Luca) ⭐️PBs for Imogen (200 free, 100 back) Donovan (100 Free), Poppy (100 back, 200 IM) Luca (50 back, 100 free, plus 200 Back) ⭐️ Super resilience from Mollie with a serious goggle incident 🙈😂and some decent swims
I’m really super proud of the team, it was a pleasure to spend the weekend on poolside for your efforts! Well done Team 💙💛💙💛💙
It was a high level meet and our swimmers yet again stepped up to the challenge. It’s great to see them grow in that environment, making connections with their competitors and peers and learning from every race they swim.
Max made 4 finals from 4 races including a 🥈and 4 PBs, Mollie made 2 finals from 3 races with 2 PBs and Lachie made 3 finals with some great swims.
There were some stand-out swims including:
Amelie - 50 Fly
Hannah - 50 Back
Michael G - 50 Free
Adam - 100 Fly
Michael W was solid as always and inspired the team with his great attitude. Joseph swam a lot of races straight out of a bad injury and is making a good comeback, whilst Toby and Sam stepped up for big PBs in this new arena.
A big thanks to City of Leeds Swimming Club for a great meet, to all the parents who supported us, and to Michael who spent so many hours on the poolside 😎
The team were in action at the Stockport Metro March National Qualifying Meet at the weekend. This is a high level meet and we were pleased to have more accepted entries than ever before.
The best in the North West were out in force but we raced really hard and had some excellent results. There were no medals as such but placing high at this type of gala is a big achievement. Here are our swimmers placing in the top 3, but all of the swimmers did us proud:
Michael W 🥇
Michael G 🥈
Michael W 🥇
Michael G 🥉
Michael W 🥈
Max 14/U Final (4th)
Michael G 🥉
Max 14/u Final (5th)
Ash 15/o Final 🥈
Michael W 🥇
Michael G 🥉
Well done everyone!
As always, the coaches have nominated a great bunch of swimmers who are all deserving of the title “Swimmer of the Month”
The nominations are:
There is only one winner and this month it is Isabelle D from Performance.
Isabelle trains very hard and very consistently. She has a great attitude, and is a supportive team mate in the lane and at galas. Her swimming is going from strength to strength and she is noticeably taking on feedback and making improvements. She has been a great help in her volunteering role with the younger swimmers, helping at sessions and Pointscore. She’s been fantastic at reassuring the young swimmers when they are unsure.
It should also be noted that she rides her bike to training come rain or shine… even the all the early morning sessions she’s signed up for!!
Well done Isabelle!
An amazing weekend for our team at the Richmond Dales Gala this last weekend, with 63 medals won in total! It's not all about the medals though and there were some tough races and PBs. Thank you to everyone who swam, you did ASC proud.
Michael W 🥇🥈🥇🥇
Michael G 🥈🥉🥇🥉🥇🥇🥈🥇
Sophia H 🥈
Hannah Bu 🥉
Total Medals: 63
There were a lot of nominations for Swimmer of the Month this month! Well done to everyone who was nominated by the coaches, this is a fantastic achievement.
Please join the Coaches in congratulating the swimmers on a fantastic County Champs where our swimmers stepped up and raced incredibly hard. There were a number of outstanding performances and the coaches noted strong improvements from last year, especially in relation to underwater work and starts. This is a great breakthrough!
It's impossible to mention everyone but rest assured that we are incredibly proud of all of the team.
Michael W 🥉🥉🥉🥈
Michael G 🥉
Finals: The following swimmers made a combined total of 63 finals: Mollie, Emily, Luca, Donovan, Michael W, Michael G, Lachie, Scarlett, Wendy, Abbie, Rory, Oscar, Max, Adam, Frankie, Joseph, Harvey, Jessica S.
Personal Bests: Our swimmers excelled themselves with more than 115 event PBs recorded across the weekend, which does not include PBs that took place in the finals after a PB heat time, of which there were many.Relays: With the return of County Relays our swimmers excelled themselves with 17 teams entered! There was a great atmosphere with the swimmers supporting each other fantastically! Big shout out to the Boys 15/16 Medley and Freestyle Teams who won 2 gold medals 🥇with epic performances! Well done Lachie, Michael W, Michael G, Harvey and Joseph.
Well done to everyone to took part in the first session of the ASC Sprint Championships, lots of great swims with special congratulations to the Club Record Breakers:-
Lachlan B – Boys 15-16 50m Breaststroke
Wendy D – Girls 13-14 100m Backstroke
Emily I – Girls 17 and Over 100m Butterfly and 100m Individual Medley
We've updated the meet calendar for the coming year. It's not exhaustive and I'm sure things will change during the year, but it should help to understand which galas are aimed at your swimmer and will hopefully help you plan for these.
You can find a copy of the calendar here
If you need a swimming hat, these are available for £5.50 each for a normal club hat or we still have a few 30th Anniversary hats left at £7 each. If you'd like to order one, please email here and specify which hat you'd like. All other club kit can be purchased through The Kit Stop website, or via the link here.
There is a ‘Members Resources’ section of the Members Area on the website and there is already lots of interesting and useful information on there, so please have a look if you haven’t already. Helen I, who is our most senior Official and coordinates our Pointscores, has recently put together some really useful links on the technical rules for each stroke which will help all swimmers to understand the rules better.
When shopping online, please consider raising funds for our club via the Easy Fundraising online service. Shopping doesn't cost you a penny more, but as you make purchases online shops make a donation to the club. All you do is register (it's good to click the "Find & Remind" button) and start shopping. Please give it a go and encourage others to do so too – it's effectively free money to benefit the members of our club! Thank you. More information is on the website, or via the link here.