SWIMMING: Grantham club members impress at National Championships

Will Hawkes and Hayley Milne
Will Hawkes and Hayley Milne
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Grantham Swimming Club members stormed the ASA English National Championships in Sheffield last week, with all six qualifiers making finals in the prestigious event.

Fresh from his medal-winning success at the British Championships the previous week, 14-year-old William Hawkes was on top form again, winning gold in the 400m individual medley with a nine- second personal – and 13 seconds faster than any swimmer in Grantham club history.

Sophie Culpin is presented with her silver medal.

Sophie Culpin is presented with her silver medal.

Will rounded off his dream fortnight by scooping a silver medal in the 400m freestyle .

Eighteen-year-old Sophie Culpin made her national debut by making the final in the 200m butterfly. She swam even better in the actual final – winning a silver medal with a PB, and setting a club and county record.

Thomas Lewis and Eleanor Lythgoe both swam strongly and made finals in the 200m backstroke and 100m butterfly respectively.

Molly Colbert smashed a club record with her 100m freestyle heat swim, and finished a very respectable sixth in the final.

Hayley Milne competed in five different events and reached the finals in two, 100m breaststroke and 100m butterfly – in which she finished sixth.