Nine competitors from Grantham Swimming Club successfully qualified for the 2013 Lincolnshire Long Distance County Championships.
The event was held last Saturday afternoon on home ground at The Meres leisure centre where the team recorded some great swims.
The first swimmer to win a medal at the championship was William Hawkes who finished third, just narrowly missing out on second. Thomas Lewis was was not so lucky and finished fourth, missing out on a medal by less than three seconds.
However, both boys clocked very impressive personal bests – by 50 seconds. William also set a new club record for 11-year-old boys in the 1500m and 800m as a split.
Hannah Ford also delivered an impressive performance. She swam a very smart, well-paced race, and clocked the second fastest time in the club’s history in 800m, improving her time by 13 seconds. She also won the first gold medal for Grantham Swimming Club and set new club records for 15-year-old girls.
Both Bella Williams and Leah Roughan swam good races and finished second and third respectively in their age groups. Although Sophie Culpin fought hard, her race did not go to plan.
Finally, Isobel Schofield and Katie Hitchcock still managed to achieve descent personal bests despite illness and injury affecting their recent training programmes. Both still showed good spirit, with Issie recording a 12 seconds personal best and Katie six.
Pictured from left are, back – Molly Fowler, Sophie Culpin, Isobel Schofield and Katie Hitchcock; front – Thomas Lewis, Bella Williams, Leah Roughan, Hannah Ford and William Hawkes.