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By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 22, 2013

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SWIMMING

SIXTEEN Leek Amateur Swimming Club members travelled to Sheffield for the Derventio level one opening meeting.

Leek excelled to finish third in the “top club” award, despite being only a very small organisation.

There were a huge number of long course personal best times, underlining the improvement made after some tough training leading up to this competition.

Fifteen-year-old Joe Hulme went with the sole intention of targeting another national qualifying time (NQT) in the 100m freestyle.

He did not disappoint, recording a new personal best and bagging his eighth NQT of the season.

Jess Dow, aged 15, also went with the target of bagging another NQT to add to her lot. She too qualified for the national championships in the 200m individual medley (IM).

Dow also took part in the 400IM, where she picked up a silver medal in the 15 and over age group.

Thirteen-year-old Emily Osborne picked up medals in all six of her events – gold in 200m backstroke, silver in 50m backstroke and bronze in 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle, 200IM and 100m butterfly.

Joe McGourlay, also 13, picked up a bronze medal in the 400IM.

Molly Findler, aged 11, also succeeded in picking up medals in all seven of her races – gold in the 400IM, 200IM, 100m breaststroke, 50m breaststroke and 200m breaststroke.

Eleanor Cartlidge, competing in the same age group, took silver position in the 200m and 400m freestyle.

Eleven-year-old Jensen Hulbert won the 50m butterfly and came third in the 50m freestyle event.

Abbie Hulbert, competing in the 10-year-old category, was awarded gold medals in 50m and 100m butterfly, as well as the 400IM. She also took bronze in the 50m backstroke.

Callum Rushan, aged 10, won the 400m freestyle for his age group and took silver medals for 200m backstroke and 200m freestyle.

Other noteable performances came from Bryony Woolley, David Fryer Winder, Jemma Dawson, Zara Bailey, Rachel Rhead, Eden Schiller and Olivia Tomkinson.

There were some excellent personal best times, with some of the swimmers making their debut at this open meet.

Following their solid performances, awards were given to Emily Osborne and Molly Findler for second place overall in their age groups.

Meanwhile, the Leek squad competed in round two of the Crusader League in their own pool at Brough Park. The youngsters fought off the competition and came first against Oakengates, Winsford and Cosacss.

They are now looking forward to the next round, at Fenton, next month.

Anyone interested in a free trial at the club should ring head coach Geoof Summerfield on 01728 399415.

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