SWIMMING: South Lincs ace Sophie shines in Sheffield

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The ever-impressive Sophie Taylor set a new personal best as she competed at the British Championships for the very first time.

South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club’s only disability swimmer gained a new long course PB time in the 100m breaststroke event at the Sheffield event.

Coached and supported by Callum Lawson, 16-year-old Taylor managed a fantastic 13th place.

• A host of South Lincs’ talented young swimmers attended the recent Norwich mini-meet.

Supported by assistant coach Claire Mitchell, no fewer than 18 swimmers produced 27 new PB times.

All making a splash for the Spalding based club were: six-year-old Harry Pinguenet, seven-year-old girls Anya Strickland and Hannah Willis, eight-year-old girls Millie Pinguenet, Dusty Staines, Ellisha Cookson and Hannah Murchie, and eight-year-old boys Samuel Fovargue and Joshua Haines.

In the nine year category Abigail Hodgett was riding solo, while the ten-year-old swimmers included Bronte Claridge, Grace Hodgett, twin girls Lucy and Libby Houghton and also Amelia and Isobel Fovargue.

The other swimmers enjoying the meet were ten-year-old Atticus Strickland and 11-year-old Molly Trevor.

• A record number of South Lincs swimmers gained qualifying times this year to enjoy racing at the Midland Age Group Championships at Coventry Sports Centre.

In addition, South Lincs were able to produce four relay teams this year. The girls ten/14year 400m and 200m medley relays were swam by Serena Leadbeater, Rebecca Mckenzie, Alice Gowing and Eleanor Templar.

Competing for the boys in the ten/14 year 4x200m freestyle relay was Calvin Wilson, Luke Elliott, Ryan Horrocks and William Swain. The 4x100IM relay squad were Matthew Gray, Calvin Wilson, Elliott and Will Swain.

Meanwhile, Horrocks, Elliott andWill Swain made up the 4x100m freestyle relay team. Alan Sumpton also enjoyed his first swim at Coventry as part of the boys’ team.

• South Lincs put in a very impressive showing at the Summer Splash 2013 Open Meet at Chesterfield.

The Spalding club came a very respectable second in the top three visiting teams at the event.

Some 13 swimmers competed over the long, hot weekend to gain some fantastic personal best (PB) times.

Coached and supported by Callum Lawson and assisted by Claire Mitchell, South Lincs swimmers had no less than 28 races between them.

Emily McCann (11 years category) walked away with second place in the top three girls overall, while Luke Elliott (14 years) came third overall in the top three boys.

It was a fabulous end to a season of very competitive events, with South Lincs now having an extended period of rest before the start of the new campaign in September.