SWIMMING - Leamington Spa Amateur Swimming Club swimmers on the podium at West Midlands Regional Championships - The Leamington Observer

SWIMMING - Leamington Spa Amateur Swimming Club swimmers on the podium at West Midlands Regional Championships

LEAMINGTON Spa Amateur Swimming Club (LSASC) won 28 medals overall in a superb showing at the West Midlands Regional Championships held at the Alan Higgs Centre in Coventry.

LSASC were represented at the championships by 37 swimmers (aged 11 to 20-years-old) who won 12 gold, six silver and five bronze medals before claiming a further four golds and one silver in the relay events.

Despite facing fierce competition from top clubs across the West Midlands, LSASC’s swimmers achieved 95 personal bests and 10 new club records.

And George Smith (17) led the way, taking gold in the 100m breaststroke and the 200m and 400m individual medleys’.

He was joined by: Annabel Crees (15), gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke, Teia Hendley (14), gold in the 50m and 100m breaststroke;, Andre Onyekwe (14), gold in the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke, Charlie Rounce (15), gold in the 100m and 200m butterfly and Olivia Taylor (12), who won gold in the 50m backstroke.

The club also fielded relay teams as the boys squad, which included Joshua Golsby-Taylor, Myles Harris, Jason Herbert, Louis McAuliffe and Smith, won gold medals in the 4x100m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle and 4x100m medley in the open age group.

The times achieved by the teams mean they have qualified for these relay events at the British Championships in July.

And the girls 14/16 years team of Annabel Crees, Teia Hendley, Zoe Sayers and Poppy Miners won gold in the medley relay.

The event marked the first time the Championships have been held for two years and was the first experience of a regional competition for many of the swimmers.

Head Coach Graham Nash said: “I’m thrilled with the performances of all our swimmers over two long weekends of racing.

“I was particularly pleased with how well our younger swimmers raced, who for many this was their first major competition.

“For our older swimmers, it was great to see many achieving qualifying times for the British and English Championships, taking place later in the summer.

“After a two-year break it was fantastic for the swimmers to be back doing what they enjoy and to compete so brilliantly.”

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