Swimmers earn rewards with personal best times

WELL DONE: Members of South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club on the opening weekend of the Lincolnshire ASA County Championships at Grantham.
WELL DONE: Members of South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club on the opening weekend of the Lincolnshire ASA County Championships at Grantham.
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South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club members made the trip to Grantham for their first competition of 2016 on the opening weekend of the Lincolnshire ASA County Championships.

The racing kicked off in great style with Mollie Briggs, Hannah Willis, Dusty Saines, Ellisha Cookson and Amelia Fovargue all setting personal bests in the women’s 200m freestyle.

Then it was the boys’ turn with Luke Blanchard achieving a PB and securing his second Midland Qualifying Time in the 200m breaststroke.

With the 200m events over, the 100m and 50m races remained and South Lincs had 22 representatives with 13 progressions to finals.

In the ladies 100m IM both Cookson and Willis took the bronze medals in their respective age groups, 
Atticus Strickland won silver and Luke Elliott got bronze in the men’s 100m butterfly.

Elliott’s fly time was a big PB and improves his national rankings to 15th for this event.

Cheryl Wilson and Willis both took the gold in the 50m backstroke events.

Wilson also won the Senior Championship in this event.

In session two Strickland, Colin O’Reilly and Blanchard all recorded new PBs in the men’s 200m freestyle with Cookson and Georgia Roberts achieving PBs in the women’s 200m breaststroke.

In the shorter events there was a huge number of PBs with Calvin Wilson and William Swain attaining Midland Qualifying Times in tne 50m backstroke.

Seven swimmers progressed through to the finals – Blanchard in the 100m IM improving his heats time, Briggs, Cookson and Wilson all contending the 100m butterfly with Wilson improving again from her heats time.

Blanchard, Elliott and Wilson all progressed to the men’s 50m backstroke finals with Elliott taking gold and the Senior Championship Trophy.

Session three saw a smaller contingent of South Lincs swimmers contest the 400m freestyle and 400m IM events.

Eleven swimmers contested 13 races with six of those leading to new PBs and two further season best times for Elliott and Alice Gowing.

Willis, Briggs, Cookson and Saines led the charge – all hitting best times in the 400m free with Briggs and Willis taking the gold and silver in the 10/11 years age group too.

Elliott contested the men’s 400m freestyle and recorded a solid swim to win the Championship Trophy.

In the 400m IM Events Gowing notched up a season best performance to secure her Midland Standard.

Blanchard smashed his PB to secure yet another Midland Standard and taking silver in the 15 years age group.

Ryan Horrocks also broke his PB and made it under the five-minute mark to secure his Midland Standard.

Elliott was back in the water with a season best time to take silver in the 17 and over age group.

Head coach Callum Lawson said: “This was another weekend where swimmers delivered their skills and got the rewards for all the hours of hard work.”

Briggs swam superbly at the City Of Derby Level One open meet at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, to win gold in the 200m butterfly.

She reached the finals of the girls’ 200m individual medley and also achieved a personal best time in the 100m freestyle.