Grantham swimmers finish top at Regional Championships

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Four Grantham swimmers competed in the Midlands Age Group Championships over the past two weekends at Coventry.

Leah Roughan finished as the top 13-year-old girl, achieving five national times and three Lincolnshire records. William Hawkes finished third overall in the 11-year-old boys’, achieving his first national time and four county records. Both swimmers dominated the breaststroke, winning gold in the 100m and 200m events.

Both Leah and William won their events by huge margins, smashing their own personal bests and Lincs records in the process. Leah’s 200m time is now the second fastest in the country in the 13 years age group. William won his first gold medal at regional level in the 100m breaststroke, becoming the fastest 11-year-old boy in this event in the country, and managed to qualify for the Age Group Nationals at 12 years old.

In both 100m and 200m backstroke, Thomas Lewis swam a good race, improving by a good 2.5 seconds and setting new club records in both events. Amelia Peters made a very good debut in the 100m backstroke.

Overall in the four days of Age Group Midlands competition, swimmers from Grantham set 21 new club records, seven county records and six national standard times, winning four gold medals.

Leah and William are now set to compete at National level at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, in July.

Pictured from left are: Williams Hawkes, Amelia Peters, Thomas Lewis and Leah Roughan.