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James MacTavish

Together with Counties, the Royal Navy Masters Meet is seen as an ideal opportunity for those new to the discipline to cut their teeth - whether it be those former competitive swimmers that have not seen action for several years', or those completely fresh to the concept of competitive swimming. An entry-level meet with no qualifying times, its timing frequently spars with many Age Group County events (the Royal Navy itself falling under Hampshire and Channel Island jurisdiction and thus attempting to source the same forever shrinking pool of judges...

James MacTavish

2024 sees another Summer Olympic Year...which of course means little to all the retirees of the sport spare a shift in calendar dates. We'll see all levels of Masters competition move up a few months, from local events to Welsh, Scottish and British Nationals...often resulting in clashes and truncations (only so many weekends in a row to which part-timers can commit!) Thankfully, the opening event of the calendar nearly always remains the same, South East Regional Long Course Masters Championships, K2, Crawley...on a weekend that saw the much-favoured venue host...

James MacTavish

The K2 Centre in Crawley certainly does well out of playing hosts to so many swimming events...from Age Group Regionals, to Masters, and now the Down Syndrome National Championships - a wonderful occasion that welcomes athletes from across the United Kingdom and beyond as European and World records are firmly within competitors' sights. City of Southampton has long been the home of the Stewart family, with siblings Adam (35-39yrs) and Lucy (30-34yrs) frequently partaking in races both in the pool and in the Mediterranean (their mainstay is Gilbraltar, but love...

James MacTavish

A delight to return back to the London Aquatics Centre for 2023 and the annual South East Region Inter-County Masters Championships...a definite draw for the best and boldest 'retirees' of the sport, but judging by the standard of sprinting, you wouldn't know this featured an age-range of nearly 80 years (yes, a 92 year old swam against an 18 year old!) Hampshire and the Channel Islands had a title to defend, and with hosts Middlesex coming in a close second in 2022, knew it was going to be a tough...

James MacTavish

Rare that Ponds Forge hosts a National Masters competition twice in a year, but Sheffield shined once more post a successful British Long Course Championships back in June to bring the buzz of Short Course back to the calendar - along with some of the finest Senior and Masters performances the World's ever seen (literally!) Such is the fierceness of the competition standard now at the annual Swim England event that Phase One qualifying times can see top ranking swimmers nudged out...and the mentality of 'just show up and you'll...

James MacTavish

2022 saw a stellar medal haul from Southampton Masters at the annual South East Regional Championships, and with several new faces to welcome at the K2 Centre in Crawley once again, hopes were high for getting close again to the record number Regional titles being secured by the Reds. As always, the host town brought its A-Game across all three sessions (including the final evening hours of frantic relay swimming), but joined by the pedigree of both High Wycombe and Woking Masters...and let's not discount fellow Hampshire ASA Masters compatriots...

James MacTavish

The mania of Hampshire / Channel Island / HM Armed Forces Masters Championships returned for the final weekend of June, Portsmouth's Mountbatten Centre playing hosts once more. Following the County's phenomenal success at British Nationals earlier in the month and several Hampshire Clubs setting new European and World records (individual and relay), stakes were high for our little provincial duel, despite the nonchalant atmosphere. Our coastal county never disappoints when it comes to quality - a new World Record being struck by Rushmoor Royals' veteran Diane Ford in the first...

James MacTavish

Quite the delay in Southampton Masters returning to the British National Long Course Championships - 2020 and 2021 wiped out by COVID, then 2022 pinning its hopes on South England clubs making the arduous trip to Aberdeen (we didn't, understandably!) - and no better venue to make a welcome splash-back than the seemingly hydrodynamic venue of Ponds Forge, Sheffield. Worth noting right from the start, that just qualifying for this event was quite the achievement...a dual-phase entry process seeing the opening 48-72hr window swallow up over eighty percent of spaces...

Nikki Taylor

Over the weekend, the City of Southampton Swimming Club hosted a Summer Splash Meet, welcoming swimmers from: Camden Swiss Cottage, Eastleigh, Havant & Waterlooville, Lichfield, Locks Heath, Portsmouth Northsea, Romsey & Totten, Ryde, Seaclose, Seagulls, Telford Aqua, Tidworth, Wildern Waves, Winchester and Woking. Across four sessions, swimmers enjoyed a fun packed schedule including 50s, 100s, 200s in all strokes, along with the 100m & 200m Individual Medley. There was a great atmosphere with so many friendly faces on the pool deck and in the stands. Thank you to everyone that...

Nikki Taylor

Winchester Sprint May Madness Meet, 21st May 2023 On Sunday, 3 squads from City of Southampton SC entered the May Madness Sprint Meet hosted by Winchester City Penguins Swim Club. This was a meet aimed at non-regional swimmers capped by upper entry limits, with priority given to Hampshire clubs. The swimmers very much enjoyed the warm-up dancing to YMCA, it was a fun-time, feel-good meet enjoyed by all that attended. Thank you, Winchester! CSSC had a total of 212 swims with an impressive number of Personal Best Swims at 174,...