SWIMMING: Grantham’s Hayley collects three medals at national championships

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A Grantham swimmer won three medals at the National Disability Junior and Youth Swimming Championships last weekend.

In the 14-16 years age group, Hayley Milne, who is only 13 years old, won a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke. She beat her personal best by three seconds and was the fastest SB7 under 17 years old.

In the 50m freestyle event, Hayley won a silver medal and she won bronze in the 100m freestyle, smashing her personal best by more than six seconds.

Haley also swam the 4x100m relay for the East Midlands region.

l The third round of the Peterborough Mini Meet last weekend proved very successful for Grantham swimmers last weekend.

Highlight of the evening was Abigail Farkas delivering a superb performance in 50m freestyle, setting a new club record for 10 years old girls in a time of 33.87sec.

Other swimmers also achieved some impressive personal bests with Cameron Chow swimming a great 200m freestyle, improving by 17 seconds and finishing in eighth place. Amelia Peters showed signs that she will be very strong this year with a cracking 11 seconds PB in 200m individual medley, and David Evans finished fifth in 200m freestyle with a 10-second PB.

Lara Hawkes narrowly missed the club record in 100 IM, improving by almost five seconds, and finished second in her age group.

The biggest improvement in 50m freestyle was recorded by Kerry Sanders, who broke the 40-second barrier for the first time. In the boys’ 50m butterfly, Kendall Wilkins showed his strength to go under 35 seconds for the first time, finishing in second place.

With just one round to go next month, the highest ranked Grantham swimmers are as follows in their respective age groups: Lara Hawkes – second, David Evans – fourth, Katie Hitchcock and Kendall Wilkins – sixth.