SWIMMING: Grantham club members perform well at championships

Grantham Swimming Club
Grantham Swimming Club

Top Grantham swimmers set 19 long course club records and eight Lincolnshire county records at the Midlands Age Group Championships

Twelve swimmers from Grantham Swimming Club competed over four days at Coventry and brought home some great results in their most successful championships to date.

Leah Roughan and William Hawkes dominated their age groups in their breaststroke races, setting new county records and achieving gold in both 100m and 200m events.

Another breaststroke swimmer Maddie Barnes swam a good 200m race, having qualified for Midlands for the first time, and finished ninth amongst the 11-year-olds.

Thomas Lewis swam an impressive 200m backstroke and, despite a difficult season, set a new county record.

Cameron Chow swam 200m and 400m freestyle, and 200 individual medley, setting new club records in all events.

Abbie Philips, Abigail Farkas, Isobel Schofield, Molly Colbert and Lara Hawkes all qualified for the competition for the first time and did not fail to impress, with numerous personal bests and club records between them.

The current depth of quality swimmers at GSC was proven by them being able to enter three relay teams for the first time.

The boys finished 11th in the medley relay and first out of all Lincolnshire teams present. Thomas Lewis William Hawkes, Caleb Mackey and Cameron Chow put up a great fight and showed true team spirit.

The top Grantham girls’ relay team were 14th and again first out of Lincolnshire teams, with Imogen Raistrick Leah Roughan, Isobel Schofield and Molly Colbert.

The second relay was entered with the club’s youngest swimmers and the team was seeded last. However, Abigail Farkas, Maddie Barnes, Abbie Philips and Lara Hawkes did an amazing job, leaving two teams in their wake.

Two swimmers, Leah Roughan and William Hawkes have now qualified for the National Age Group Championships and will be heading to Ponds Forge in August.