Medals and personal best times added to experience

Will Swain, Ellisha Cookson (left) and Amelia Fovargue
Will Swain, Ellisha Cookson (left) and Amelia Fovargue
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A small group of South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club representatives travelled to Ponds Forge, Sheffield, for the Burns Meet Level One competition.

William Swain (15) was looking to achieve a qualifying standard for the 2016 Olympic Trials in Glasgow.

Ellisha Cookson (11), Andre Ubaveciute (11) and Amelia Fovargue (12) all gained vital experience in racing in a 50m pool.

On the first day Cookson and Fovargue both lowered their best times in the 200m backstroke with Cookson picking up the silver medal.

Cookson once again lowered her time in the 100m breaststroke.

Fovargue and Cookson were on fine form once again in the 50m backstroke with Cookson securing the gold medal.

Swain recorded a time just outside his best in the 200m freestyle but in a better time than at the same stage last year.

In the afternoon, the fine form continued which saw Cookson secure three more personal bests in the 400m free, 50m butterfly and 100m free, collecting silver and bronze for the 400m and 50m respectively.

Fovargue had personal bests in both the 400m and 100m freestyle events with Swain securing silver in a PB time for his preferred 50m freestyle.

Day two continued with the same intensity as Ubaveciute secured a personal best in the 50m breaststroke, collecting the silver medal.

Fovargue contested the 200m freestyle event, again securing a PB and learning from mistakes made on day one.

The afternoon was slightly busier with Ubaveciute’s best time for the 200m breaststroke but being disqualified for a faulty turn.

Fovargue was then back in action with a PB in the 50m freestyle, followed by Swain’s 100m freestyle where he also secured a PB with a bronze medal.

Head coach Callum Lawson said: “All in all this was a superb weekend of racing, transferring our skills from short course into a long course pool.

“It was really encouraging to see the kids enjoying their racing, delivering skills and recording new best times.”