SWIMMING: South Lincs club add another 46 medals to haul from county championships
South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club (CSC) went on another medal hunt at the third and final weekend of the Lincolnshire County Championships in Louth.
In the end, swimmers collected a further 46 medals to add to the 61 won over the previous two weekends, with 15 golds, 12 silvers and 19 bronzes won at Louth's Meridian Leisure Centre.
Emma Croker swam herself into the record books on her way to gold medals in the 50m and 100m freestyle, setting two new county-best times.
Competing in the girls' 15 years age group, 14-year-old Croker stopped the clock in her heat of the 50m freestyle at 26.57 seconds before going on to take gold in the final.
In the longer 100m freestyle, Croker saved her best performance for the final and romped to victory in a time of 57.52 seconds.
Over the course of the weekend, Croker claimed two additional gold medals in both the 100m and 200m backstroke, winning both in new personal best times.
For good measure, she also claimed a silver medal in the 50m butterfly.
Ellisha Cookson continued her dominance of the individual medley and breaststroke events by claiming golds in the 16 years age group 200m individual medley in a new personal best of 2.23.19.
Cookson added to her gold medal haul by winning both the 50m and 100m breaststroke, leading from the start in both races where she was never challenged to set personal bests of 33.64 seconds and 1.13.21 respectively.
In all three events, Cookson not only won her age group titles but also claimed the senior ladies championship titles as well.
Cookson's versatility in the pool was further strengthened with bronze medals in the 200m butterfly and the 100m freestyle for her age group.
Alex Sadler continued to dominate in the boys' 13 years age group as he claimed four gold medals over the weekend.
Sadler topped the podium in both the 100m and 200m backstroke, setting new personal bests of 1.11.44 and 2.33.81 respectively.
Meanwhile, in the butterfly, Sadler sped to another personal best time in the 200m distance of 2.31.85 to win gold before rounding off the weekend with gold in the 100m freestyle when he set another personal best of 1.03.31.
Sadler also collected two silver medals in both the 200m individual medley and the 50m butterfly.
Frank Lamb collected nine medals over the weekend in the boys' 10-11 years age group, including double gold in the 200m individual medley event with a new personal best time of 2.54.71 and the 50m breaststroke where he managed to hold off the field to touch home in 44.01 seconds.
Lamb also collected two silver medals in the 200m butterfly and the 100m breaststroke, as well as five bronzes in the 50m butterfly, the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 100m and 200m backstroke, all of them achieved in new personal best times.
Nitesh Anbazhagan became 50m breaststroke county champion in the boys' 14 years age group where, after a solid swim in the heats saw him qualify for the final in first place, Anbazhagan led from the start and pulled further away from the field to touch home in a time of 35.48 seconds.
There were additional medals for Anbazhagan, with silver in the 100m breaststroke and bronzes in the 50m butterfly, 50m and 100m freestyle.
Breaststroke specialist Charlotte Ciuberkyte collected 100m breaststroke bronze in the girls' 14 years age group with a new personal best
time of 1.21.04 before stepping down to the 50m distance where she managed to hold off all challenges in the final 25 metres for gold in 37.19 seconds.
After fourth place finishes in both the 200m and 100m breaststrokes, Erin Siggee produced the swim of her life in the girls' 12 years age group 50m where she swam hard to edge ahead of the field and take the silver medal in a time of 41.69 seconds.
Siggee qualified for the regional championships in April with her 50m breaststroke effort.
Beatrice Finch made it a hat-trick of medals, picking up silver in the girls' 14 years age group 200m backstroke with a new personal best time of 2.32.46 seconds.
Finch also took bronzes in the girls’ junior championship and the 100m backstroke, clocking a new personal best of 1.11.99, as well as the 200m individual medley with another personal best time of 2.34.37.
Alfie Robinson was competing at his first county championships and qualified for finals in the boys' 14 years age group, claiming bronze in the 100m backstroke with a time of 1.11.72.
In the 50m breaststroke, Robinson claimed silver with another personal best time of 37.31 seconds, only beaten by team-mate Anbazhagan to make it a South Lincs CSC one–two.
There were medals for Daisy Rummery in the girls' 16 years age group 200m backstroke where she swam 2.26.77 to claim third place in the ladies' senior championship and Mollie Briggs who took silver in the girls' 15 years age group in the 200m butterfly.
Briggs stopped the clock in a new personal best time of 2.27.07.
Luke Blanchard also made it onto the podium in the 200m butterfly, achieving a new personal best time of 2.13.63 to claim silver in both the boys’ 16 years and over age group and the men’s senior championship.
Ed Skells won bronze in the boys' 16 years and over age group 200m with a new personal best of 2.19.54, while Oliver Sorrell collected bronze in the 200m
individual medley in the boys' 13 years age group.
Sorrellmanaged to get up with the leaders in the breaststroke section before battling it out in the freestyle leg, eventually taking third in a personal best time of 2.34.97.
Atticus Strickland also claimed a bronze medal in the 200m individual medley in the boys’ 16 years and over age group, lowering his personal best time by three seconds to finish in 2.17.43.
Younger sister Anya Strickland also had a podium finish in the 100m freestyle for the girls' 14 years age group.
Strickland posted a new personal best time in the heats to move through to the final where she swam even faster to record a new personal best time of 1.03.47.
Aurinija Maliauskaite was also a bronze medallist in the girls' 16 years and over age group 100m breaststroke with a best-ever performance of 1.18.42.
South Lincs CSC head coach Keith Haynes said: "I was pleased to see the swimmers learning to go faster in their finals than they did in their heat and theyhave shown that they are able to step up and perform when it is required.
"It has been great to see them achieve so many finals and collect so many medals, setting numerous personal best times and qualifying for the regional championships as well."