Youngsters collect seven gold medals

WELL DONE: From left, Alice Gowing, Dusty Saines, Calvin Wilson, Ellisha Cookson, Luke Elliott and Will Swain.
WELL DONE: From left, Alice Gowing, Dusty Saines, Calvin Wilson, Ellisha Cookson, Luke Elliott and Will Swain.

As a prequel to next month’s ASA East Midlands Regional Championships, seven of South Lincs Competitive Club’s 17 qualifying swimmers headed to the Ponds Forge International Pool in Sheffield for the Lincoln Vulcans Open Meet.

A total of 38 events were swum over the weekend with a medal haul of seven golds, six silvers and four bronzes.

Day one saw Luke Elliott (17) pick up gold for the 50m butterfly (27.32), 50m backstroke (28.33) and 100m backstroke (1:00.93), plus silver for 400m freestyle (4:15.84) and 200m individual medley (2:15.79).

Calvin Wilson(17) claimed silver for the 50m backstroke (29.75).

Alice Gowing (17) won gold for the 200m backstroke (2:41.03) and Ellisha Cookson (12) collected bronze for the 100m butterfly (1:20.99).

Will Swain (16) was fourth in the 100m freestyle (56.14) and Dusty Saines(12) showed good skills in preparation for the championship events.

On day two Elliott was on form again with gold for the 200m backstroke (2:13.07) and 200m butterfly (2:11.51), plus silver in the 400m individual medley (4:48.20) and 100m butterfly (1:00.07).

Wilson won bronze for the 200m backstroke (2:19.23).

Cookson collected gold in the 200m individual medley (3:00.92) and silver for the 50m butterfly (36.43).

Cheryl Wilson (22) claimed bronze in the 100m backstroke (1:10.17) and 50m backstroke (32.51).

Saines claimed fourth place in the 100m backstroke (1:20.61).

Head coach Callum Lawson said: “This has been a nice relaxed weekend in preparation for the weeks ahead with some personal bests/seasonal bests.

“These swimmers have a benchmark now and know what they need to do in training to ‘up their game’ for the Midland Championships.

“I’m looking forward to some good results.”