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Leek swimming - 2014 county championships

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 05, 2014

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LEEK Swimming Club members produced impressive performances in the 2014 county championships at the weekend.

This is one of the most important events in the Leek club' calendar, taking place over two weekends, the second meet being on March 15-16.

In total, 24 swimmers aged nine to 15 years took to the water, competing in 111 races, over distances from 50 to 1500 metres. There were notable performances across the board, with many swimmers beating previous personal bests.

Emily Osborne, swimming in the 14 years age category, made it to the finals in both the 50 metre and 100 metre backstroke races, finishing third and sixth in closely-contested races that included competitors up to the age of 17.

An impressive performance over a longer distance earned Emily the title of Junior backstroke 200 metres champion

Two swimmers – Oliver Barlow, 13, and Eden Schiller, 11 – achieved their first regional qualifying times in the 100 metre and 400 metre freestyle races, respectively.

Overall, Leek swimmers took home a remarkable 22 medals.

Molly Findler, 12, won three gold medals and two bronze medals. Oliver Barlow won a silver medal for his performance in the 100 metre freestyle.

Joseph McGourlay, 14, was awarded bronze for the 200 metre butterfly.

Emily Osborne claimed four golds, three silvers and one bronze medal. Callum Rushan, 11, achieved one gold, two silvers and one bronze medal.

Alex Whitehead, 13, won gold for 50 metres backstroke.

Two of the youngest swimmers – James Yates and Flora Kanan, both aged just nine – also won medals, James winning gold in the 50 metre freestyle and Flora winning bronze in the 200 metres freestyle.

Reflecting on the swimmers' performances, head coach Geoff Summerfield said: "I am absolutely delighted with the results from this first weekend of the county championships.

"The majority of swims have resulted in personal best performances with many swimmers gaining places in their age groups as well as banking good points to their BAG and SAD categories. "Swimmers also swam into finals, which is a great result and with regional times being obtained as well, overall this is a truly fantastic result."

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