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SWIMMING - Record national medal haul for young swimmers

Leamington Editorial 8th Aug, 2023 Updated: 8th Aug, 2023   0

LEAMINGTON Spa Amateur Swimming Club (LSASC) came home from the Swim England National Championships with a record haul of four medals.

The club’s talented swimmers won one gold, two silver and one bronze medal at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.

Annabel Crees (16) won 200m freestyle gold while Charlie Rounce (16) claimed silver in the 400m individual medley, Andre Onyekwe (15) also won silver in the 50m backstroke and Teia Hendley (16) took 50m freestyle bronze.

LSASC’s other swimmers were Joshua Paton (17) and Dan Wilks (16) as the team swam in 10 heats, qualifying for eight finals, achieving eight personal best (PB) times and four club records over the course of the Championships.

Graham Nash, head coach, said: “I am so proud of all the swimmers who were such a credit themselves and the club.

“On top of Annabel’s brilliant swim and national title, I am particularly thrilled for Charlie and Andre who won their first national medals.




“A special mention also needs to go to Joshua who swam a huge personal best time in the 200m backstroke to qualify in fourth for the final, but had to withdraw from the final due to illness.”

Karen Mee, chairperson, said: “This has been a fantastic end to a great season for the club. It’s wonderful to see the swimmers’ successes with all the hard work they put in on a daily basis in training.


“And huge credit needs to go to Graham and the entire coaching team with the hours they put in poolside to support and develop the swimmers to help them achieve their potential.”

Crees began the week with her sensational victory, LSASC’s first-ever gold at the Championships, as she led the 200m freestyle final from start to finish to win by 0.16 seconds in a PB time.

And Rounce then won silver in the 400m individual medley as he took an impressive 11 seconds off his previous PB time to earn his first national medal.

Hendley was next to medal in the 50m freestyle final as the young swimmer bettered her heat time to win bronze while Onyekwe completed LSASC’s medal haul with silver in the 50m backstroke final.

The silver marked Onyekwe’s first national medal, having qualified for the final in a PB time.

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