AN amazing 227 personal best times and 37 gold medals were won by Spalding’s South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club at the annual Lincolnshire County Championships.
Held over several weekends at both the Grantham and Louth swimming pools, the top highlight saw South Lincs starlet Chloe Hannam smash county records that were previously held by Olympic swimmer Mel Marshall.
The ever-impressive Hannam clocked several club and county bets and also featured in the skins final, narrowly missing out by 0.02 secs as she came third.
Overall the 14-year-old picked up an incredible 14 gold medals at the championships, as well as five National Qualifying Times (NQTs) in the 400m and 200m IM, 400m and 200m free and 200m back.
The club had 31 swimmers in action, with some competing for the very first time against the county’s elite competitors.
In addition to the golden glut, the Spalding team also won 17 silver medals and 16 bronze.
Six swimmers – Hannam, Cheryl Wilson (16), Serena Leadbeater (10), Ryan Horrocks (10), Matthew Gray (11) and Harry Bumfrey (13) – achieved MQTs.
In the BAGCATS age group, the club’s swimmers also featured very well – including a gold for Horrocks.
He became county champion in his age group and picked up three club records (400m free, 200m free and 400m IM).
On the way he won 11 gold medals and secured two MQTs.
Talented teenagers Bumfrey and 14-year-old George Wensor also did incredibly well in the skins final, while the former gained his first two first MQTs.
Gray is going to the Midlands for the very first time after shining in the 400m frees, while Leadbeater qualified in the 100m and 200m backs events.
In the championship medals there were five gold, five silver and three bronze medals for the club in the senior races, as well as a silver and bronze in the junior section.
This was all done under the watchful eye of head coach Sarah Handley, who herself has just gained a level three coaching qualification.
Visit www.slcsc.co.uk for more information on the Spalding-based swimming club.
• Other BAGCATS results: 9 years age group - Emily McCann 2nd; Georgia Roberts 10th. 10 years age group - Ryan Horrocks 1st; Serena Leadbeater 4th; Jamie Reeves 7th. 11 years age group - Matthew Gray 5th; Rebecca McKenzie 6th; Eleanor Templer 8th; Luke Elliott 9th. 12 years age group - Calvin Wilson 7th. 13years age group - Harry Bumfrey 2nd. 14 years age group - George Wensor 6th; Reggie Reeves 8th.