Chloe claims hat-trick of national medals

Chloe Hannam
Chloe Hannam
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Spalding girl Chloe Hannam had a successful week at the British Swimming Summer Championships.

The 18-year-old brought home two national silver medals and one bronze at the Ponds Forge International Pool in Sheffield.

Having been in America since August last year, where she is studying at the University of Arkansas while continuing her swimming career with the University Swim & Dive Team, Chloe returned in May for the summer break and continued her training with the City of Peterborough Swimming Club under the watchful eye of her coach Ben Negus.

The season ended with the national competition last week where she competed in the 19 years and over age group (age as at end of the year ruling), despite still only being 18.

Over the course of the six-day meet, she became national silver medallist in both the 200m backstroke, in a time of 2:12.83 – an east region record – and in the 400m individual medley in a time of 4:53.04.

She led in this event all the way until the last 25m when she was ‘pipped to the post’ and so had to settle for silver.

Having trained and competed while struggling with a shoulder injury, she managed to hit her personal bests in both of these events.

On the final day of the meet, Chloe managed to bag herself a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle in a time of 4.18.18, just two-hundreths of a second off her personal best.

Chloe secured herself a place in the final for every event she competed in, narrowly missing out on a medal in the 800m freestyle where she came fourth.

She came fifth in the 200m individual medley, sixth in the 100m backstroke and 10th in the 200m freestyle.

Chloe will now take a very well-deserved break before she heads back to Arkansas for the second year of her four-year degree.

Chloe was lucky enough to secure a four-year sports scholarship last year which means she will study for a degree while training and competing against other university teams in America.

Chloe will be returning for the Olympic Trials in Glasgow next April.