Mansfield swim star Ollie Hempsall qualifies for National Swimming Championship

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OLLIE Hempsall and Brendan O’Keefe were competing in the Derventio Open at Derby at the weekend, with Brendan swimming close to his best times in the 100m free and back.

Ollie competed in the 100m free and 50m breast and was also just outside his best times. The afternoon saw the much anticipated 50m freestyle race where Ollie has been very close to achieving the national time in recent weeks.

All of Mansfield swimming club were holding their breath and with fingers crossed were waiting for the news. And then it came as Ollie swam in a time of 24.82sec which is bang on the national qualifying time, meaning Ollie will now compete in the next National Swimming Championships.

Last weekend saw Shannon and Abbie Scott and Owen-Ben Sladen travel to Stockbridge in Sheffield where they were competing in the sprint meet. Abbie finished second in the final of the 50m fly and free, third in the back and sixth in the breast, setting a new PB in the free of 37.37.

Shannon took part in the same events, not setting any best times but some excellent swimming showed she is on her way back to form.

Owen finished second in the 50m fly, free, breast and third in the back setting best times in the fly 45.55 and breast 52.88. Meanwhile dad and coach Gary Scott was at Don Valley Stadium competing in the 10k race where he finished just outside his PB in a time of 39m 17sec.