Phil hopes to take Scottish Titles

Jones & Co sponsored swimmer Phil Muspratt heads to Scotland his weekend for the Scottish National Masters Short Course Championships. The Aberdeen Sports Village will play as host to the two day event.

After picking up titles at both the Welsh National Championships & British Championships Phil will be hoping to add to them as he goes in 5 events. Swimming in the 200m, 100m & 50m freestyle and the 100m & 50m backstroke Phil will be in his final big event before he heads to the European Masters Championships in May, in London.

“I’m really looking forward to racing in Aberdeen. I have swam there once before & produced some fast swims so I’ll be aiming for a repeat performance this weekend. A huge thanks to Jones & Co as this weekend wouldn’t have been possible without them.”

Phil medals again at Elite level

Jones & Co sponsored swimmer Phil Muspratt claimed a bronze medal this past weekend at the Derventio Excel Level 1 Open Meet. Held at Ponds Forge International Pool the two day event attracted some of the strongest yes from across the UK. With the Masters European Championships growing ever closer, he took to the pool in three events.

His first race was the 50m freestyle. After swimming a seasons best, despite illness, at last weekends British Masters Championships he was again hoping to keep his form going. Phil swam a well executed race as he finished in the bronze medal position. Phil also went in the 50m backstroke, swimming a good race, apart from his finish, which denied him a top 10 finish.

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On the second day of competition Phil took to the pool again, this time in the 100m freestyle where another good swim allowed him to finish in 11th position, well ahead of his seeded position.

“I was happy with my 50m free, it felt faster than it was. Although I was ill last weekend I was ultimately slightly rested because of the illness. I have hit the gym real hard this week so all things considered that was a good swim. My 100m free felt faster too but although it was a second slower than last weekend, this just highlighted how much the past weeks gym work had affected me, rather than it being a bad swim because as I say; it felt fast & was well executed.”

Phil is next in action in two weeks time at the Scottish National Masters Short Course Championships in Aberdeen.

Nearly a 5 Star Performance for Phil

Salisbury Masters swimmer Phil Muspratt tasted success this past weekend at the 2016 British Masters Championships in Sheffield. Held at Ponds Forge International Pool, he in action as he ultimately prepares for their European Masters Championships in London at the end of May. The three day meet attracted hundreds of swimmers from across the country included ex GB swimmer Katy Sexton.

Jones & Co sponsored swimmer Phil Muspratt was in fantastic form. He swam in 5 events, including his favoured & hotly contested 100m & 50m freestyle. His weekend got off to a brilliant start in the mens 30-35 years 100m backstroke. He took gold in a Personal Best time. On the 2nd day of competition he recorded two SB (Seasons Best) times in the 50m backstroke & 200m freestyle to claim a brace of golds.

That same evening he went in the 50m freestyle seeded in 2nd place behind Alistair Crawford of East Leeds. Phil narrowly missed out on gold by the smallest of margins. Although claiming another seasons best time of 24.13 seconds, it was shy of gold by 0.08 of a second.

On the final day of competition he was again seeded in 2nd spot for the 100m freestyle. Unfortunately he again missed out by agonising hundredths of a second. Phil’s time of 53.95 was this time 0.06 shy of another gold medal.

“Considering I have been ill this past two weeks I’m really happy with how I’ve swam. I’m disappointed that such good swims under tough circumstances haven’t given me the 5 golds I was after. However four SB & a PB time aren’t to be sniffed at. I am edging closer to where I want to be & it’s only a matter of time before I’m hitting the times I know I’m capable of. I have the Scottish Nationals at the end of this month and then the Europeans. It will be Eat Sleep Train Repeat for the next two months! I would like to place on record my gratitude to Jones & Co for all of their continued support.”

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Phil hopes illness doesn’t ruin British Championship bid

Jones & Co sponsored swimmer Phil Muspratt heads to Sheffield this weekend to compete at the British Masters Swimming Championships. The three day meet is one of the biggest events on the national calendar & will attract hundreds of swimmers to Ponds Forge International Pool. With the European Masters Championships in May edging ever closer, the Salisbury swimmer will be hoping to post so fast times.

Phil Muspratt will compete in five events, one more this his usual four at a major competition. I’ve entered the 100m & 50m backstroke as well as the 200m, 100m & 50m freestyle. My focus as always will be on the 50m & 100m freestyle, but I want to get as many races in as I can. Even though this is the British Championships it is just race practise to me. When I got back in the pool last May I said it’ll be 12-18 months before I am back up to speed to where I was & that’s still the case. Being ill the past week or so hasn’t helped but it’s just one of those things & it’s something we all have to deal with at some point.”

Phil puts in a Premier Performance

Jones & Co sponsered swimmer Phil Muspratt battled illness to medal at the City of Sheffield Premier Open Meet held at Ponds Forge International Pool, Sheffield.

The level 1 open meet attracted numerous top clubs from around Britain. Phil had entered the 100m & 50m freestyle, but with both the heats & the finals of each event in the same session, Phil chose to focus on the 50m freestyle considering he was far from fully fit.

In the heats Phil snuck into the final after finishing in the top 10 however his decision to skip the 100m dicipline was justified as he showed fantastic heat to final progression to claim bronze.

“I am pleased with how I swam today, I’m far from 100% & I managed to medal at a level 1 open meet. I really upped my game in the final in a tough field.”

Phil Walks Amungst World’s Elite

Phil Muspratt competed this past weekend at the Edinburgh International Swim Meet. The three day meet held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool hosted some of the top swimmers in the world. This meet is being used as a preperation meet for many world class swimmers with the 2016 Rio Olympics now just a matter of months away. Much of the attending British Swimming Squad have just returned from a 7 week training camp in Australia & along with such swimmers as double Olympic Champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo as one of the headlining international attendees, used this meet ahead of their respective national Olympic trials.

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A week after taking three golds at the Welsh National Masters Championships, the Jones & Co sponsored swimmer, competed in the 50m freestyle where swam a well executed race as he himself prepares for the European Masters Championships this May.

“To qualify and to compete at a meet such as this has been a huge privilege & a massive experience. To be in the same environment as World Record Holders, World & Olympic Champions has been great & something I have definitely learnt from after witnessing their race preperation. I look forward to racing here next year & my aim would be to make a final. Thank you so much to Jones & Co for helping make this happen.”

Swansea Success for Phil

Salisbury swimmer Phil Muspratt returned home from the Wales National Pool in Swansea & the Welsh National Masters Championships with a clutch of medals.

Jones & Co sponsored Phil Muspratt (30-34yr age group) took part in six events starting off with the 50m butterfly, where he claimed 4th spot. In the final session of the first day of competition he had a double header with the 100m freestyle & 50m backstroke. Phil took gold in the freestyle in a seasons best time. With a quick turn around in events, he followed that up with bronze in the 50m backstroke narrowly missing out in silver.

The 2nd day posed a 2nd double header for the Jones & Co sponsored swimmer with the 200m freestyle & 100m backstroke. Phil again took gold in the freestyle dicipline & bettered his results from the previous day by taking silver in the 100m backstroke. He finished his long weekend off by taking gold in the 50m freestyle in dominating fashion by taking gold by a second & a 1/2.

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“I’m delighted with how I swam this weekend overall. My 100m freestyle was a seasons best & my 50m free felt good too. Thank you Jones & Co for all their support”.

Phil will be back in action next weekend when he travels to Scotland for the Edinburgh Internationals Open Meet. The meet is being used by international swimmers from around the world as a preperation meet for the Rio Olympic Games. The meet will be attended by Olympic, World, European & Commonwealth Champions & will be a great experience for the Salisbury swimmer with the Masters European Championships coming up in May.

Phil Heads For Swansea Showdown

Salisbury swimmer Phil Muspratt heads to Swansea this weekend for the Welsh National Masters Swimming Championships held at the Wales National Pool Swansea.

The two day competition poses his first big masters challenge of the year, with the British Long Course Championships a month later, followed by the Scottish National Short Course Championships at the end of April and then the European Masters Championships at the end of May at the 2012 Olympic pool in London.

Jones & Co sponsored swimmer Phil Muspratt takes on six events over the two days. It’s a big schedule for two day meet but one that Phil is ready for. “I’ve got the 200m, 100m & 50m, the 100m & 50m backstroke and the 50m butterfly so it’s a big schedule but one that I’m looking forward to.”

“I’ve not rested or shaved for this event, so it’s just a case of swimming as best as I can under the circumstances. If I was to taper for every event I compete at during the year then I’d be taperring for about a third of the year & that means missing out on vital training, which in the long run offers not real benefit.”

“I won’t taper for this event or Scotland, but I’ll have a short rest before the British Championships in a month’s time. My first main taper this season will be in May for the European Masters Championships. Hopefully when I qualify for the National Summer Championships in July I’ll taper again, other than that it’s a case of battling through it all & accepting that sometimes I may not swim as fast as I hope given the training I’ll be going though at the time.”

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At the Welsh National Masters Championships, looking forward to this year’s competition!

Elite Competition Continues for Phil

Salisbury swimmer Phil Muspratt continued his elite level competition this past weekend at the Derventio Excel February Festival Level 1 Meet, held at Ponds Forge International Pool. The two day event attracted a whole host of top level competition.

The Jones & Co sponsored swimmer faced British Championships medalist Levi Lucas as well as 2014 Scottish Commonwealth Games swimmers; Richard Schafers, Jack Thorpe & Kieran McGuckin.

Entered in the 100m & 50m freestyle, Phil’s best performance came in the splash & dash 50m freestyle. He posted a top 10 time in the prelims to be just shy of the top 8 swimmers who swam in the final on Sunday evening.

Levi Lucas took gold in the final followed by Schafers of Scotland. Phil’s time in the prelims would have earned him 6th place & his PB would have seen him beat McGuckin into 3rd place.

“My time was an improvement on last week & considering that I’ve put myself through hell in the gym this week, I am happy with my time and more importantly my swim, it was executed a lot better than it was last week at the Burns Open Meet. I’m feeling a lot of pain now so that I can hopefully reap the benefits in May at the European Masters Championships. Thank you to Jones & Co for their continued support.”

Jones & Co Sponsored Swimmer is Keeping Elite Company

Swimmer Phil Muspratts participation in elite level competition continued as he competed at the Level 1 Burns Open Meet this past weekend. The two day event held at the Ponds Forge International Pool attracted a whole host of top level swimmers.

Great Britain international Andrew Weatheritt, Welsh Commonwealth swimmer Tom Laxton & London 2012 swimmer Joseph Roebuck who all swim for Loughborough University, as well as Olympian & European Champion Elizabeth Simmonds, were just a few of the swimmers competing in the Steel City.

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Phil, who’s sponsored by Jones & Co of Salisbury, swam in the 50m freestyle & finished in 7th position. He was the only swimmer to finish in the top 8 positions who wasn’t a Loughborough University swimmer, which demonstrated their dominance & strength in depth as a team. Phil was however left feeling disappointed with his race having gone slightly slower than he did two weeks ago at the City of Derby Open Meet.

“My entire race was quite untidy to be honest so I’m really not happy with how I swam, on a positive note I only have a week to wait to put it right at next weeks Derventio Excel February Festival.”