SWIMMING: Chloe’s Olympic effort

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SPALDING swimming starlet Chloe Hannam rubbed shoulders with some of Britain’s top talent at the British Gas Swimming Championships.

The 15-year-old South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club ace qualified for two events at the Olympic Trials, held at the London Aquatic Centre, as she aimed to earn at place at London 2012.

On the first day of the competition Hannam swam the 400 IM – but nerves got the better of her.

She set off too fast, setting personal best times on the 100m butterfly and 100m backstroke legs, meaning there was nothing left in the tank. She eventually finished in 5.02.95mins, which was a disappointing seven seconds short of her entry time.

A few days later the teen ace returned to London for the 200m backstroke – which was directly after the 800m freestyle heat involving Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington.

Hannam was still nervous, but settled into the race superbly, keeping with the rest of the field to clock 2.19.33mins – which was faster then her entry time and good enough for a respectable 34th place out of 60.

Overall, Hannam was pleased with her two swims. She had only qualified in six weeks prior to the Championships, so to go to London expecting faster times would have been unrealistic.

Just to go there and swim similar times was all that Hannam expected – with the Olympics coming a bit too soon in her development.

Buoyed by the experience, Hannam can now look forward to going back to the London Aquatic Centre for this month’s UK School Games, something she experienced for the first time last year when her England Central team won the event.

• Chloe is currently training at both Spalding and Peterborough as she bids to further her career.

Travel and competitiom costs are always on the rise, so any help would be greatly appreciated by her camp.

Email suzannecawley@fsmail.net or fiona.turner@slcsc.co.uk if you are interested in sponsoring Chloe in her swimming career.

• SOUTH Lincs disability swimmer Sophie Taylor is believed to have clocked a new British record at the 61st annual county championships and age group competitions.

Taylor, a cat 7 swimmer, delivered her fastest ever 800m time getting in the disability category, which is subject to confirmation. The record was last broken in 2007.

It was a great day for the Spalding club, who clocked 11 personal best times (PB) and three Midland qualifying times (MQT).

Ryan Horrocks (age 11) set a 31 second PB in the 1500m and came first in his age category, while Harry Bumfrey (13) got a 40 second PB to take first in his group and fifth in the open.

George Wensor was third in the 15 and under category and fourth in the open, while Eleanor Templer came third in the 12/U – gaining another MQT.

Also starring was Cheryl Wilson, who placed third in the 16/O group, clocking a 20 second PB.