SWIMMING: Second spot for successful South Lincs

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SOUTH Lincs Competitive Swimming Club picked up an impressive 11 wins at the the opening round of the Senior Lincs League as they took the second team prize.

The competition was very strong at Yarborough, with Grantham, Gainsborough Dolphins, Cleethorpes and District (CADS) and City of Lincoln’s Red and Black teams up against the Spalding-based team.

Leading by example in the 48-race gala were the boys’ age 14 and under relay team of Harry Bumfrey, Calvin Wilson, Ryan Horrocks and Matthew Gray, who secured two impressive wins.

Other highlights came in the girls’ 50m backstroke, with Serena Leadbeater putting in a fine show.

In the boys’ 14 year 100m freestyle, Bumfrey finished a good half length in front of all the other swimmers, while debutante Diana Charevicrute produced a fantastic time to place fourth in her 50m fly.

Overall, South Lincs finished behind CADS Red in the teams standings – something they’ll be looking to change at the second round on July 7.

• SOUTH Lincs’ swimmers shone at the City of Peterborough meet.

Ryan Horrocks improved his 400m IM Midland time (MQT), and came home with five wins, while Emily Blackbourn achieved a great PB in the 400m freestyle to take second place.

Also on fine form was Eleanor Templer, who gained new MQTs in the 200m IM and 200m backstroke.

The ever-impressive Chloe Hannam improved her 200IM national time and gained a new 200m fly national time.

She also gained a better 50m fly MQT and clocked a better 100m back national time too.

William Swain had a great day too, as he improved his 200m free MQT and gained new MQTs in both the 100m and 200m back.

The records continued to role, with Matthew Gray setting a new 200m IM MQT, shaving 4.27 seconds off his previous best. He also improved his 200m freestyle MQT.

Emily McCann, who thoroughly enjoyed the meet, improved her 200m breaststroke MQT and came home with two silver medals in the 100m fly and 100m freestyle, a bronze in the 50m breaststroke and four PBs.

She also gained a new 200m back MQT, which secured her qualification in the 100m backstroke too.

Meanwhile, Harry Bumfrey set a new MQT in the 200m freestyle and Alice Gowing was on fine form.

She shaved 4.93secs off her previous 200 IM best, giving her a second PB of the event.

Another to shatter a PB was Calvin Wilson, who took a fantastic 5.33secs off his 200m backstroke benchmark.

But perhaps swimmer of the day was Rebecca McKenzie, who kept getting PB after PB – giving her the swimmer with the highest individual ranking at South Lincs.