SWIMMING: Bronze joy for Hannam at Sheffield

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CHLOE Hannam secured two bronze medals as she shone at the National Youth Swimming Championships.

The Spalding starlet was among three swimmers from South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club to compete at the Sheffield event, which was held over five days in the Ponds Forge International Pool.

Teen ace Hannam (15) was joined by Cheryl Wilson (18) and disability swimmer Sophie Taylor (15), who all qualified to swim events at the elite competition.

Hannam had a busier week than she had expected. She had qualified in eight events, but chose to drop the 200m fly as it fell on a day when she had two other events.

As well as her seven events, she also went on to swim in the semi-finals for each event, meaning she had to return to the pool every evening to compete.

It didn’t stop there – as from those semis, Hannam then won a place in five finals.

Over the week she came away with brilliant bronze medals in the 15/16 year age group for both the 400m and 800m freestyle. Hannam also clocked personal best times (PB) in three events.

Taylor was also pretty busy, with four events in as many days. She clocked PBs in both the 400m free and the 100m breaststroke as she finished 18th and 15th respectively.

She also managed 27th in the 50m free and 22nd in the 100m backstroke.

Meanwhile, Wilson enjoyed her first-ever appearance at the nationals. She competed in the 100m backstroke on the first day of the championships.

The South Lincs swimmer finished her heat in a time of 1.08.27mins, which placed her 29th. This was just outside her long course PB and was a very respectable swim.

• SIX swimmers from South Lincs tried something a bit different as they entered the East Midlands Open Water Swimming Championships at Bosworth Water in Leicestershire.

In the 15/16 years age group, Jordan Templer and Chloe Hannam were swimming their first-ever open water swim, along with the more experienced Emily Blackbourn.

The distance for their age group was 1,750m – which meant they had to swim a lap and a half of the lake, the route being marked out with buoys.

All three did themselves proud in the sunshine, with Hannam leading the way in a fine third place (18.14 minutes). She was followed by Templer – who was the ninth-placed boy – and Blackbourn who was eighth in the girls race.

Meanwhile, Alice Gowing, Gemma Baker and Eleanor Templer all made their open water debuts in the 1,250m race. Although they started in sunshine, heavy rain arrived after a few minutes.

The trio still enjoyed excellent results though, with Baker seventh in the 13 year age group (21.18 mins). In the 12 year group, Templer managed sixth and Gowing took ninth.