SWIMMING: South Lincs target a home Tulip triumph

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SOUTH Lincs Competitive Swimming Club are gearing up for their biggest event of the year this weekend.

The Spalding-based club are hosting the 28th annual Tulip Gala at the Castle Sports Complex’s pool, which will be closed to the public to make way for an exciting weekend of action.

The host club have finished as top team in each of the past two years, but the competition promises to be more fierce than ever this time around.

South Lincs will welcome swimmers from Sutton in Ashfield, Peterborough (COPS), Boston, Louth, Lincoln Vulcans, Calverton and Bingham, Grantham, Gainsborough, Deepings, St Ives, St Neots and Wisbech – and they are urging fans to come down and show their support.

Club chairman James Gray said: “The aim of this Tulip open meet is to provide swimmers with a real opportunity to better their times. For the less experienced it also offers the chance to taste the atmosphere of competitive swimming.

“A great weekend of swimming will be on display, so if you’re interested and you would like to see more then please come along and witness the event for yourself.”

South Lincs have had a successful year so far, with member Chloe Hannam competing at the Olympic trials and Sophie Taylor smashing two British disability records.

In November, the club finished first in the National Arena Swimming League, gaining promotion to Division One for the forthcoming 2012 season.

Successful South Lincs are always looking for new sponsors. Anybody interested can visit their website www.slcsc.co.uk or pop down to watch the team in action at the Castle pool.

• SOUTH Lincs competed their spree of Lincolnshire county events with two more galas at the Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth.

Emily McCann produced an excellent swim in the 50m freestyle, finishing fourth despite having a false starter in the lane next to her. She also came home with a Midland time (MQT) and a second place in the 400 IM

Harry Bumfrey looked to have snatched the 50m breaststroke title from Spencer Turner with a time of 35.70secs, only to see Turner reclaim his title with a super effort of 34.98secs.

There was also a fantastic third for Phillipa West in the 400m IM, with her back stroke in particular an absolute pleasure to watch,

Meanwhile, Alice Gowing shaved an amazing 19.80secs off her personal best (PB) in the 200m fly, as her hard work continues to pay off.

Also performing well was George Wensor, who came third in his category in the 200m free style.

There was yet another MQT for William Swain in 200 free, with Matthew Gray made it 11 PBs out of 11 county events with another stellar show. More bests followed, led by a fantastic 21 second PB for the boys’ club captain Jordan Templar in the 200m fly.

In the girls’ sprint finals the ever-impressive Cheryl Wilson and girls’ club captain Chloe Hannam clocked yet more MQTS.

Overall, South Lincs finished the seven-round county series with a total of 31 wins, 31 second places, 24 thirds, a massive 202 PBS, 42 MQTs, four national times and two British disability records.