Manley Magic!

Last weekend saw a team of Dolphin Masters swimmers head north to Sheffield to compete in the 2008 Masters and Senior Age Group Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Not content with just competing at the National Championships as the reigning 30-34 years 100m World Record holder, Andi Manley was out to add to his collection of titles.  His first target was the 50m freestyle which the 30 year old swam in an incredible 22.68 seconds to match Austyn Shortman’s World Record set in 2003.  Later in the 100m freestyle and before an attentive and packed poolside, Manley destroyed his own record, touching home in 50.08s.  However, finishing just over the magic 50 second mark was not enough and in the 200m freestyle the following day, the Dolphin Chief Coach split 49.97s on the first 100m to lower the World standard even further.  Manley also added a 100m IM British record to his growing list of honours.

Andi Manley – 50m and 100m Freestyle Masters World Record Holder

In the medal stakes, Nigel Masters was top Dolphin with a clean sweep of golds in th

three breaststroke events and a bronze in the 100m IM.  Jon Audis could only manage two golds (200m fly and 100m IM) out of five swims having come up against some stiff opposition in the 200m IM, 100m fly and his favoured 100m backstroke in which he had to settle for silver.  Other gold medallists were Kath Baker (200m Brs), Louise Maynard (100m Brs), Doug Alexander (200m Fly) and Sharna King (200m Frs).

There was also some good relay success with the men’s 120+ team of Manley, Masters, Audis and Chris Jones breaking British records in both the medley and freestyle events.

Swindon Dolphin finished 6th in the overall medal table with Spencer Swim Team heading the table.


Medal Table Top 10 ClubsPlaceClubGoldSilverBronze 1 Spencer 2922 13  2 Otter 2731 16  3 Trafford Metro 231310  4 Sussex Marts 1826 18  5 Barnet Copthall 16118  6 Swindon Dolphin 1412 12  7 Gloucester Masters 149 8  8 Camphill Edwardians 1311 9  9 Etwall 134 7  10 Birmingham Masters 911 13 

Swindon Dolphin Competitors

Nigel Masters (35-39 yrs) – 50 Brs Gold, 100 Brs Gold, 200 Brs Gold, 100 IM Bronze, 100 Frs 5th

Andi Manley (30-34 yrs) – 50 Frs Gold & WR, 100 Frs Gold & WR, 100 IM Gold & BR, 200 Frs 16th (WR on 100 split)

Jonathan Audis (25-29 yrs) – 100 IM Gold, 200 Fly Gold & CR, 100 Bks Silver, 100 Fly Silver, 200 IM Silver

Kathleen Baker (18-24 yrs) – 200 Brs Gold, 100 IM Silver, 400 IM Bronze, 200 IM 4th, 100 Fly 5th

Sharna King (30-34 yrs) – 200 Frs Gold, 100 Frs Bronze, 50 Frs Bronze, 100 Brs 6th, 100 IM 6th, 50 Brs 6th.

Louise Maynard (18-24 yrs) – 100 Brs Gold, 50 Brs Bronze, 50 Frs 5th, 100 IM 7th, 100 Frs 12th

Doug Alexander (18-24 yrs) – 200 Fly Gold, 100 Bks 11th, 50 Bks 13th, 100 Fly 16th, 100 IM 17th, 50 Fly 27th

Jose Adam (65-69 yrs) – 200 Bks Silver, 100 Bks Bronze, 50 Bks Bronze

Alexander Chklar (25-29 yrs) – 200 Brs Silver, 400IM Bronze, 200 IM 5th, 100 Brs 6th, 100 Fly 10th

Paul Kirk (25-29 yrs) – 50 Fly Silver, 100 Fly Bronze, 100 IM 5th, 50 Frs 5th, 100 Frs 9th

Andrew Evans (30-34 yrs) – 800 Frs Silver, 400 Frs 7th

Christopher Jones (25-29 yrs) – 100 IM Silver

Anthony Clark (40-44 yrs) – 50 Brs Bronze, 100 Brs 4th, 200 Brs 7th, 200 IM 11th, 100 IM 18th

John Drake (30-34 yrs) – 800 Frs Bronze, 200 Fly 5th, 50 Frs 8th

Michael Eaton (35-39 yrs) – 100 Bks 4th, 200 Bks 4th, 200 Frs 6th, 100 IM 8th, 100 Frs 12th, 50 Frs 12th

Claire Hayes (25-29 yrs) – 50 Frs 5th, 100 Frs 8th, 100 IM 11th

Helen Hanks (35-39 yrs) – 100 Fly 5th, 200 Frs 6th, 100 Frs 7th, 50 Frs 11th

Click here for full results.

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