Phil Takes British Championship Double

Salisbury swimmer Phil Muspratt competed at the 2017 British Masters Championships this past weekend. The three day event attracted hundreds of swimmers from across the Britain. With the World Championships on the horizon in Budapest in August, this meet posed an ideal final preparation meet before their final block of training heading into the seasons show piece in Hungary.

British Champion 100m & 50m free 2017

British Champion 100m & 50m free 2017

Jones & Co sponsored swimmer Phil Muspratt went in 5 individual events, his main events the 100 & 50m freestyle as well as the 200m freestyle, 100 & 50m backstroke. This meet was his first major meet since returning from the World Masters Games in New Zealand in April.

Phil claimed a bronze medal in each of the 200m freestyle, 100 & 50m backstroke, claiming season best times in the latter two events. His final two events we his all important 100m & 50m freestyle where he upped his game & showed marked improvements on his previous performances in New Zealand & at the Welsh National Masters Championships in March. On the Saurday afternoon, Phil who was seeded 2nd, took gold in the 50m freestyle with his third seasons best time of the meet. In the evening session Phil was back in the pool for the 100m discipline claiming his 2nd British title & gold.

“I am delighted to be British Champion again & to be feeling that I’m edging back to some sort of form. I have around 8 weeks until Budapest & I aim to make big improvements leading up to the World Championships in Hungary. I’m so grateful to Jones & Co for their continued support, I can’t wait to get back in the pool on Monday & get training.” added Phil.

Phil Heads to British Championships

Jones & Co sponsored swimmer Phil Muspratt heads to Aberdeen this weekend to compete at the British Masters Championships. The long course meet will attract hundreds of swimmers from across Britain for three solid days of racing.

Phil will be racing in five events; the 200, 100 & 50m freestyle as well as the 100 & 50m backstroke. It will be a tough test ahead of the upcoming World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

“This is my first meet since the World Masters Games in New Zealand so I am looking forward to racing. The main goal is to come home British Champion in the 100m & 50m freestyle. They’re my championship events. The other three events are just to pad the weekend out & gauge what events I’ll do at the Worlds. I pretty much have which events I will do nailed down but its whether or not I add the 200m free & 50m backstroke to that. If I don’t swim any additional events in Budapest I certainly will at the Europeans next year in Slovenia. I hope to bring some gold to Jones & Co for all their support.”

World Masters Games Silver in NZ

Jones & Co sponsored swimmer Phil Muspratt returned from the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand, with a brace of silver medals. The games attracted 25,000 from around the world, the biggest multi-sport event on the planet (including the Olympics) from around 100 countries.

Phil entered the 200m & 50m freestyle as well as the 50m backstroke. On his first day of competition Phil, a day after a 28 hour plane journey, took to the pool in the 200m freestyle. Phil touched home in 5th place in a seasons best time. He had to recover quickly & dig deep as he was soon back in the pool in the 50m backstroke. The Salisbury swimmer romped home in another seasons best to win his first medal of the Games.

After a few days of attapting to the time zone, Phil was back in the pool in the 50m freestyle where he claimed his 2nd silver of the week in his third seasons best time, coming 2nd to London 2012 Olympian, Carl O’Donnell of New Zealand.

So proud of my two medals from New Zealand

So proud of my two medals from New Zealand

“I’m really happy to have medaled here in Auckland. I’m here from some fantastic support in Jones & Co, so to bring them & especially my Mum home a world medal after the tough experiences she experienced last year; I’m over the moon. Swimming against a former Olympian shows the calibre of this meet & how tough it can be to medal at big international masters meets”

Phil Heads to Biggest Multi-Sport Event on the Planet

Jones & Co sponsored swimmer Phil Muspratt made the 28 hour trip to New Zealand this past week to compete at the World Masters Games in Auckland. This event is the biggest multi-sport event on the planet, including the Olympics, with 25,000 athletes descending into Auckland from 100 countries. The 10 day event covers 28 sports & will be contested at 48 venues across Auckland and Waikato.

Phil, who following a bad injury layoff towards the end of 2016 & a personal family illness from which he drew massive inspiration to raise the money to compete in Auckland, heads to the southern hemisphere to race against some of the worlds best masters swimmers. The Salisbury Stingrays swimmer of 20 years races in the 30-34 year age group & will compete in the 200m freestyle, the 50m freestyle & 50m backstroke, as well as possibly the 100m freestyle which being such a hugely popular event has a reserve list having been fully subscribed with entrants. Having won at the Welsh National Masters Championships in March, he was unable to defend his titles at the Scottish National Masters Championships as the competition falls on the same weekend that he flies out on. His final race will be on Thursday 27th of April, before returning to the UK on the Friday 28th.

In his age group though is Carl O’Donnell who competed for New Zealand at the 2012 London Olympics display the tough level Phil will be competing at. “I fly out on the 21st & land on the 23rd, with my first races on the 24th, so I’ve had to read up on how to try & minimise jetlag. My last race is next Thursday so I should be fully recovered by then. This is a huge event, one I didn’t plan to swim at until the last minute really so I am not going to be tapered, but none the less I am here & want to win. This season comes down to the World Championships in Budapest this coming August, but I am here & I’m here for Mum; everything she went through showed me to never live with regrets. I am so grateful to Jones & Co for all their support for this & all my other events throughout the season.”

A Winning Return in Wales

Phil Muspratt claimed a handful of medals at the Welsh National Masters Championships this past weekend. The Wales National Pool in Swansea was the stage for the annual season opener. Swimmers from across Wales & England flocked to the first big long course meet of the year, before this year’s British Championships in June & World Championships in August.

Phil Muspratt returned with two golds and two silver medals. He took wins in the two splash & dash events; the 50m freestyle & backstroke before settling for silver in the 200m freestyle (after using it as a 100m TT & swimming down the final 100m) & 100m backstroke.

“It’s been a real difficult few months after damaging ankle ligaments just as my season was about to start late last summer & then my Mum suffering from cancer. She is on the mend now all is fine. I’ve been training well since new year & now it’s about getting some races under my belt & back on track.”

Two gold & two silvers on my return to Swansea

Two gold & two silvers on my return to Swansea

“This is my first event since the European Championships so my times were way off what I can do but they are what they are. First race in 9 months was never going to be anything special time-wise. Massive appreciation to Jones & Co for their support” added Phil.

Welsh Challenge Ahead

Salisbury swimmer Phil Muspratt heads to Swansea this coming weekend to compete at the Welsh National Masters Championships held at the National Pool on the 4th & 5th of March.

With the 100m freestyle fully subscribed he’ll only be going in four races, the 200m freestyle (used as a 100m freestyle TT), the 50m freestyle as well as the 100m & 50m backstroke.

“It’s a shame that I won’t get my full quota of usual swims in this weekend but it’s just one of those things. I have no real expectations for this weekends meet, my first races since the Euros last year because of injury & personal issues. I just want to thank Jones & Co for all their support”.

Disappointment & Illness Taints Phil’s Euro Dream

Phil Muspratt returned from the European Masters Swimming Championships having performed at the venue of the 2012 Olympic Games. The 5 day competition attracted record numbers of swimmers from across the continent. In the 100m freestyle alone there were approximately 3000 swimmers across the mens & women’s event; that’s double the numbers that the National Masters Short Course Championships attracts in its entirety in October. It took 6 hours to get through nearly 200 heats of the mens 100m freestyle, such was the magnitude of the event as a whole.

Salisbury swimmer Phil Muspratt (30-34 yrs) had a below par meet where he finished in only 14th position in his favoured event; the 100m freestyle. His other favoured event, the 50m freestyle, Phil managed to finish in the top 10, by claiming 8th place. He also finished in 12th position in the 50m backstroke.

“When you come to the big target meet at the end of the season you want to perform & I’m very disappointed that I didn’t. I suffered a blackout last week, having to then go to A&E for an ECG & had been ill the week before that but you try not to dwell on that in the lead up to competition as you don’t want it to affect your performance, but there is no denying that it was far from being my normal self. One encouraging sign is that my personal bests would’ve seen me medal in my favoured events. My appreciation goes to Jones & Co for their support, I’m just so sorry to have not been well & to have let them down. I am truly gutted.” Phil commented.

Absolute honour to have competed at the 2012 Olympic Pool in Matt 2016 at the European Championships

Absolute honour to have competed at the 2012 Olympic Pool in Matt 2016 at the European Championships

European Championships just a week away!

Salisbury Stingrays swimmer Phil Muspratt heads to London for the European Masters Championships this week, his biggest meet of the entire year. Held at the spectacular London Aquatics Centre where the 2012 Olympics were held.

Due to competition restrictions the Jones & Co sponsored swimmer wwas only allowed to enter three swims. Phil goes in the 100m & 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke. Phil has won titles at the Welsh, Scottish & British Championships this season and looks to push onto the bigger stage. “These Championships are massive & I hope to swim well. The competition is so high in the 50m & 100m freestyle so to win a medal would be phenomenal. I’m aware of how tough it’ll be so it’s down to me to apply myself well & preform on the day. My sincere thanks to Jones & Co for their sponsorship, they’ve made this all possible.” Phil added.

Phil Captures Gold Ahead of Euros

Salisbury swimmer Phil Muspratt had a confidence boosting weekend after competing at the Rotherham Metro Level 1 Open Meet held at the Ponds Forge International Pool. The two day meet held on the 7th & 8th of May attracted numerous strong teams from across England and Wales.

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The Jones & Co sponsored swimmer went in two events the 100m & 50m freestyle, gaining him some vital race practice for his favoured two events ahead of the European Masters Championships at the end of the month in London. Phil captured gold in the 100m freestyle and followed that up by winning silver in the 50m freestyle.

“I am delighted to have come away with a gold & a silver medal. My 100m free felt really strong & after a taper I’ll be looking to go a lot quicker. London is only a few short weeks away, I can’t wait to race. Thank you to Jones & Co for all their support”.

5 Star Phil Triumphs in Scotland

Phil Muspratt put in a 5 star performance this weekend at the Scottish National Masters Short Course Championships in Aberdeen. Held at the Aberdeen Sports Village the two day event will be his last major competition before the European Championships at the end of May.

Phil entered the 200m, 100m & 50m freestyle as well as the 100m & 50m backstroke. His weekend got off to a great start by winning his first medal in the 100m freestyle, in a seasons best time of 52.29 seconds. On the second day of competition Phil took two more golds in the morning session winning the 200m freestyle & the 50m backstroke. The afternoon session brought the 100m backstroke & 50m freestyle where the Jones & Co sponsored swimmer took his forth & fifth gold medal of the meet. Phil’s times in all three of his freestyle events has put him firmly on top of the UK rankings for his age group.

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“I’m encouraged with my times from the weekend, my 100m freestyle was by far my best swim & it showed that I’m approaching the sort of speeds I was swimming before I got back in the pool last year after 6 months out. There’s much to improve on so my times will ultimately continue to drop. The Europeans are about 4 weeks away now so training will become very specific in the lead up to those before I taper ahead of London. Many thanks to Jones & Co who made this weekend possible.”