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Swimmers go home with medal haul

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 04, 2013

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A SHOWER of 12 medals, topped off with a downpour of personal bests, completed a successful day for Leek ASC at Wolverhampton baths.

A team of 23 swimmers from the Leek club took to the water to create a day that Elaine Walsh, who worked alongside Mark Hulbert poolside, described as "fabulous."

Elaine said: "The behaviour was impeccable and the swimmers were a credit to Leek and to their parents."

The Leek team comprised: Arianna Bendall, Hannah Underwood, Hannah Goodwin, Beth Cook, Zara Bailey, Coby Capper, Leo Taylor, Oliver Barlow, Callum Rushan, Jensen Hulbert, Samuel Yates, Samuel Reynolds, Megan Johnson, Alexandra Whitehead, Eleanor Stagg, Abigail Brooks, Poppy Hinton, Megan Poole, Niall Wilson-Jones, Abbiegail Fryer-Winder, Emily Braddock and Eden Schiller.

The Northgate PB Buster is a gala specifically for swimmers attempting to beat previous personal bests.

The Leek swimmers, as well as smashing over 50 PBs, brought home some deserved medals.

Golds were won by Zara Bailey in the 400m and 200m freestyle and the 200m backstroke, Callum Rusham in the 200m fly with a huge PB and Alexandra Whitehead in the 50m backstroke.

Silvers went to Eleanor Stagg with a new PB in the 400m individual medley and Callum Rushan in the 200m IM.

Bronze medals were gained by Arianna Bendall with a huge PB in the 400m freestyle, Oliver Barlow in the 50m breaststroke, Eleanor Stagg in the 200m backstroke, Coby Capper in the 50m butterfly (with a PB) and Zara Bailey in the 100m backstroke.

Leek swimmers also bagged a creditable number of fourth placings.

Zara Bailey, 14, said: "I loved trying my best on the races I was competing in and especially loved cheering everybody on.

"You get an amazing thrill when someone smashes their personal best, and also when you do it yourself."

Eleanor Stagg, also 14, added: "There is an amazing atmosphere at galas. It's not about the medals, it's about knowing you tried your hardest."

If you would like to swim competitively with Leek ASC, contact head coach Geoff Summerfield on 01782 399415.

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