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South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club take part in the City of Leeds National Qualifier



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A team of 23 South Lincs swimmers headed to the City of Leeds National Qualifier in order to post times in the national qualification window and rehearse some of their races ahead of the Regional Championships.

The team acquitted themselves admirably as they achieved new personal best times, broke both club and county records and collected a haul of 36 medals over three days of competition.

The competition started with the 1,500m freestyle being contested. Six of the team participated in this - the longest event on the competitive programme - with some positive results.

South Lincs swimmers at City of Leeds
South Lincs swimmers at City of Leeds

Lillie Hamilton was racing her first 1500m freestyle long course - that is in a 50m pool - and swam to a new personal best time of 20.26.66.

Mollie Briggs swam to a season’s best time of 18.27.88. Both of the girls will be taking on the event at Regional Championships and Leeds proved a good marker to measure progress from.

Matteo Monaco got things off to a flying start in the boys event as he sped to a 26-second personal best time of 19.19.30 to claim the silver medal in the boys 13 years age group.

Oscar Goldsmith got his campaign under way with a bronze medal in the 1500m freestyle in the boys 14 years age group, matching his personal best time of 17.52.66.

There were also new personal best times in the event for Oliver Sorrell and Alfie Bisby, who posted new standards of 17.58.28 and 17.57.00 respectively.

Emma Croker had a successful weekend of racing as she swept to the top of the podium on four occasions in the 15 years and over age group.

Emma struck gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle with convincing wins.

She set a season’s best time in the 50m freestyle of 26.66 seconds and set a new personal best in the 100m freestyle of 57.17 seconds. This was also a club and county record.

For good measure, Emma also took gold in the 50m butterfly with a new personal best time of 28.56 seconds.

Rico Bringeman also won four gold medals over the course of the weekend.

Rico started his campaign in the 200m butterfly with two solid heat and finals swims to win gold by a sizeable margin.

In the 200m individual medley, Rico swam to victory and a new personal best time of 2.10.19 - setting both a club and county record in this event.

There was further success for Rico in the 400m individual medley, where a strong heat swim saw him post a further personal best time of 4.38.10.

In the final of the 100m butterfly, Rico found something extra to lower his personal best time by almost a full second - and in a close finish got his hand on the wall in first place with a time of 58.15 seconds, setting yet another club and county record.

Matteo Monaco continued his performances over the weekend as he struck gold in both the 800m freestyle and the 200m backstroke in the boys 13 years age group.

Matteo also picked up a further four silver medals in the 50m and 100m backstroke, the 200m breaststroke and the 400m freestyle.

Oscar Goldsmith won five medals over the course of the weekend, adding to his bronze medal in the 1500m freestyle.

Oscar struck gold in the 400m individual medley with a new personal best time of 5.11.74.

There was a hat-trick of silver medals for Oscar in the 400m freestyle, the 200m butterfly and the 800m freestyle.

The latter two events saw Oscar setting new personal best times of 2.23.01 (in the final) and 9.18.62 respectively.

Frank Lamb won no fewer than nine medals across a range of strokes and distances.

Frank struck gold in the 50m breaststroke, just marginally outside his personal best with a time of 40.08 seconds.

He claimed a brace of silver medals in the 100m butterfly and the 100m breaststroke as well as six bronze medals.

There was a personal best time in the 100m freestyle of 1.08.85 for Frank as well as in the 200m freestyle with a new standard of 2.28.18.

Younger sister Kitty Lamb was also in action over the weekend and collected a brilliant silver medal in the girls 12 years and under age group of the 50m backstroke, as Kitty is still only 11 years old.

Kitty also collected four bronze medals, setting a new personal best time in the 100m breaststroke of 1.36.49 to claim the first of these.

There was a big new personal best time for Kitty in the 50m freestyle, where she broke the 32-second barrier for the first time by stopping the clock in 31.49 seconds.

Kitty also set a new personal best time in the 200m backstroke of 2.56.41, claiming bronze medals in all these events.

Lucy Wilson also claimed a medal in the girls 12 years and under age group.

Lucy took silver in the 100m breaststroke, beating friend and rival Kitty Lamb to the wall in this event.

There were also new personal best times for Lucy in the 50m freestyle, where she set a new mark of 32.81 seconds, and in the 200m freestyle - where Lucy smashed her personal best time by more than four seconds to touch the wall in a time of 2.32.18.

Aidan Evans had to wait until the final event of the weekend to take his medal. This came in the 200m backstroke in the boys 13 years age group.

Aidan swam an excellent heat to lower his personal best time by almost five seconds and stop the clock in 2.47.63.

He then managed to improve on this further in the final as he raced strongly to claim the bronze medal in a further improved time of 2.46.50.

Mollie Briggs was also a medallist over the weekend.

She produced an excellent swim in the final of the 400m freestyle, where she was just tenths of a second away from a new personal best time in 4.38.54 and claimed the bronze medal.

Mollie also set a new personal best time in the 200m butterfly, where she broke the difficult two minutes and thirty second barrier for the first time posting a new standard of 2.29.58.

Beatrice Finch produced one of the most exceptional swims of the meet from the South Lincs swimmers.

In the 400m individual medley Beatrice put together an outstanding swim.

Strong in the butterfly and then using her strength in backstroke to excellent advantage, Beatrice powered into the breaststroke phase of the race and continued her efforts through the freestyle section.

Beatrice lowered her personal best time by an astonishing 14 seconds to set a new personal best time of 5.20.32.

Beatrice was on form over the weekend as she also set new personal best times in the 100m and 200m backstroke with times of 1.10.52 and 2.31.52 respectively.

Thomas Bruce was also in fine form over the weekend as he powered his way to new personal best times across a range of sprint events.

Thomas started his campaign in the 100m freestyle, and broke the 57-second barrier for the first time with his first personal best time of 56.99 seconds.

In the 50m butterfly, there was further success for Thomas as he set a new standard of 28.03 seconds.

There was a three and a half second improvement for Thomas in the 200m freestyle as he lowered his personal best time to 2.06.56, and to round out the weekend a further personal best time in the 100m butterfly of 1.03.20.

Head coach Keith Haynes said: “The swimmers have had a great learning experience in Leeds.

“They have had to manage themselves through both heats and finals and have been working on improving their time standards from those morning swims into their evening swims which is a hugely important skill to develop.

“We’ve had some real breakthrough swims with big improvements and this should help the swimmers feel confident as we approach the Regional Championships in May.”



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