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SWIMMING - Swimmers break records at regional championships

Leamington Editorial 15th Nov, 2022 Updated: 15th Nov, 2022   0

LEAMINGTON Spa Amateur Swimming Club (LSASC) claimed an impressive 19 medals at the West Midlands Short Course Championships held at Alan Higgs Sports Centre in Coventry.

LSASC secured seven gold, eight silver and four bronze medals over the two-day event as the club’s swimmers set 56 personal best (PB) times, 14 new club records and 13 open age group finals.

A total of 25 LSASC swimmers descended on the pool as 15-year-old’s Annabel Crees, Teia Hendley and Annabel Vance and 18-year-old’s Louis McAuliffe and Joshua Golsby-Taylor all showed their class to qualify for open finals.

Graham Nash, Head Coach said: “Once again the swimmers stepped up and delivered against high-class competition.

“The dedication and hard work they have put in during training really shone through with some really excellent racing. Well done to all the swimmers.”

Crees enjoyed a successful championships as she won gold in both the 100m and 200m backstroke 15-years and under events which qualified her for the open finals.

And Crees swam PB times in thrilling finals to claim silver in both events whilst her swim of 1.02.94 in the 100m backstroke set a new junior Warwickshire County record (subject to ratification).

Adding to her success, Crees also won silver medals in the 15-years and under 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle races.

Teammate Hendley also enjoyed a medal-laden weekend as she won gold in the 15-years and under 100m backstroke and 100m and 200m individual medley races to qualify for three open finals.

And Hendley went on to secure a bronze medal in the 100m individual medley and set a new PB time in a superb swim before also taking silver in the 15-years and under 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m freestyle.

There were further open final races and medals for McAuliffe who showed fine form to win gold in the 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle whilst Golsby-Taylor took bronze for LSASC in the 50m backstroke.

Completing LSASC’s open finalists was Annabel Vance in the 200m butterfly, having won silver in the 15-years and under age group.

And Charlie Rounce also shone in the pool, in the 15-years and under age group, as he won silver in the 200m and 400m individual medley races and bronze in the 200m butterfly.

Next up for Crees, McAuliffe and Hendley is the National Winter Championships which take place next month in Sheffield, each having qualified for four events.


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