SWIMMING: Coach delighted with top South Lincs duo

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South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club’s Sophie Taylor managed a fine fourth place at the British International Disability Championships.

The 16-year-old competed on three of the four days and qualified for two finals – the 400m freestyle and 100m breaststroke.

Her best showing came in the freestyle event and fourth place represented a positive competition.

Meanwhile, Tom Mitchell swam exceptionally well on his first outing at the ASA Midland Youth Championships in Corby.

The 16-year-old South Lincs ace set a number of personal best (PB) times and qualified for the 15/16 years 400m freestyle final, achieving eighth place.

Head coach Callum Lawson said: “All in all it was two great weekends of swimming – I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did the swimmers.

“There’s nothing better than watching the hard yards in the training pool come to fruition at competition.”

• South Lincs finished as joint winners of the 29th Tulip Open meet.

Some 12 teams travelled to Spalding to take on the host club over two days of action.

Top girls Eleanor Templer (age 13) and Rebecca Mckenzie (14) stormed to first place in their respective age groups, with 11-year-old Emily McCann third, Serena Leadbeater (12) second, Alice Gowing (13) third, Gemma Baker (14) third and Sian Roberts (16) third.

Not to be outdone, the boys had Luke Elliott (13) in second, with Will Swain and Alan Sumpton both third.