SWIMMING: Grantham club pair compete at British Championships

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Two Grantham Swimming Club members qualified to compete at the recent British Gas Swimming and Para-swimming International Championships at Glasgow.

Fourteen-year-old Leah Roughan, of from Grantham, was the only swimmer from Lincolnshire to qualify for the British Gas Swimming Championships. Leah made the junior final in 200m breaststroke where she finished in third position in a time of 2min 35.34sec.

Fifteen-year-old Hayley Milne was swimming at her first international competition. There were 20 countries represented at the competition with teams travelling from the USA, South Africa and the Far East.

It is acknowledged as one of the biggest Para-swimming competitions, second only to the Paralympic Games. Hayley had to achieve qualifying times to entitle her to compete in this high profile event.

Hayley, who has Cerebral Palsy and is classified in the S8 & SB7 categories, swam in the 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle, breaking her long-course personal best times in all three events.

l The final round of the Grand Prix competition brought some excellent improvements from Grantham swimmers.

The best swims were seen in the 200m freestyle. Lara Hawkes bettered her own club record by nearly five seconds and qualified for the Midland Championships for the first time.

Eleanor Lythgoe was the only swimmer from Grantham who managed to go under 2.30 in 200m freestyle, with a good improvement of almost three seconds. Beth Gibson again clocked the biggest improvement with a 17-second personal best.

However, there were six other swimmers who also achieved massive two digit improvements in this event – Annabel Roberts, Georgina Nicholson, Jessica Trotter, Isabel Bellamy, Katie Beardsmore and Caitlin Anders.

Final results for Grantham swimmers after all four rounds: 10 years age group – 1 Lara Hawkes, 3 Ella Coleman and George Berwick; 11 years age group – 2 Abigail Farkas, 1 Jacob Allan, 3 Mathew Smith; 12 years age group – 1 Eleanor Lythgoe, 2 Abbie Phillips, 3 Ameilia Peters, 1 Harry Fowler.