SWIMMING: Seven Grantham juniors represent Lincolnshire

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Seven swimmers from Grantham were selected to compete for the Lincolnshire team at the second annual Junior Inter-County competition at Luton.

Eleanor Lythgoe, Molly Colbert, William Hawkes, Maddie Barnes, Freya Colbert, Harry Fowler and Abbie Phillips joined the county’s best looking to prove their worth against some of the country’s top performers.

Molly Colbert swam a superb 100m front crawl, not only winning her heat and achieving the fastest time in Grantham Swimming Club’s history for the event, but most importantly she broke the county record.

William Hawkes swam two individual races, winning the 100m breaststroke event and finishing second in 100m front crawl. Both times were close to his current club records.

Although competing against regions with more developed swimming infrastructures and facilities, Lincolnshire once again proved that when it comes to producing some of the best swimmers in the country, it has not lost its touch.

Lincolnshire clubs have developed swimmers to Olympic level for more than 20 years, despite the lack of international-standard swimming facilities, and only through the support of local volunteers and organisations.

With a total of 10 first place finishes and a further 10 second place,s Lincolnshire finished a close third overall, missing out on second spot by a solitary half-point due to two competitors finishing with identical times.

Lead coach Andy Mason was impressed with the talent and commitment shown by the young swimmers who grew in confidence as the competition progressed and many of whom swam personal best times.