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SWIMMING: Isabel sets records at British Championships

Deepings' Isabel Spinley ready to race at the 2018 British Championships
Deepings' Isabel Spinley ready to race at the 2018 British Championships

Isabel Spinley produced exceptional form at the British Championships, making two B finals against the country’s top swimmers and smashing two Lincolnshire long course records.

The 17-year-old represented Deepings in four events at the 50m Royal Commonwealth pool in Edinburgh – 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly and 400m individual medley.

The best performances came in the longer butterfly events.

In the 100m, she finished third in the B final in a new age-group Lincolnshire long course record.

In the 200m fly B final, Spinley went one better –touching in second place and setting another county record.

The butterfly specialist also swam well in the 50m heats – breaking the age-group county record but narrowly missing out on the final.

She also raced hard in the heats of a highly competitive 400m individual medley.

Spinley now holds the Lincolnshire records for 100m and 200m butterfly at the 15, 16 and 17 years age groups and for 50m butterfly at 16 and 17 years old.

Deepings’ Bailie Harrison also qualified for the 50m butterfly but the weather disruption meant she was unable to travel.

Deepings head coach Lynn Chapman said: “Once again, Isabel produced some of her best racing during the British Championships, proving she deserves her place among the top swimmers in the country.

“She is a great role model for the other swimmers at our club.

“We’re all disappointed for Bailie but I’m sure she’ll be back to compete at future championships.”


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