SWIMMING: South Lincs’ city slickers in Cambridge medal spree

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South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club returned home from the City of Cambridge Open Meet with a plethora of medals.

Seven South Lincs members took part in over 40 events – including the long distance 800m for the girls and 1,500m for the boys.

Calvin Wilson and Tom Mitchell competed in the 14-year category, with the latter achieving second place in the 200m freestyle event and grabbing bronze medals in the 200m IM, 100m freestyle and 400m IM events.

In the 13-year age group Alice Gowing, Gemma Baker, Eleanor Templer and Luke Elliott were all in action. Elliott was also among the medals, placing second in the 400m freestyle and bagging bronze medal in the 400IM event.

The youngest female swimmer, Emily McCann, came home with a silver medal in her aged 11 years 400m IM event.

• Three South Lincs swimmers’ were in action at the Midland Championship at Corby East Midlands International Pool.

Disability swimmer Sophie Taylor led the charge in her 16-years category as she stormed to gold in the 100m breaststroke and finished third in the 400m freestyle.

Swimming in four events was 14-year old Harry Bumfrey, while Tom Mitchell celebrated his 15th birthday by competing in six races.

• Two South Lincs male competitors took part in the Boston Open Meet, held at Grantham.

In the 11-year category, Luke Blanchard competed in 12 events – setting two new personal best times in the process. Michael Drackard, racing in the 18-year group, swam in five events.

• South Lincs’ annual Gibbons Gala charity event raised a record £444.65 for the Sue Ryder Home in Thorpe Hall, Peterborough – the most since its inauguration in 2004 (see picture above).

Lincoln Vulcans, Lincoln Pentaqua, Boston Swimming Club and Deepings Swimming Club competed in the event, which was held at Spalding’s Castle Sports Complex.

South Lincs entered two teams, but it was Boston who ran out as winners. They were presented with the trophy by Gerry Gibbons’ son Adam, a former South Lincs national swimmer.