Sherwood Colliery SC swimmers Elliot Clogg (14), Owen Ottaway (13) & Lily Boseley (12) joined forces with Sutton SC’s Ruslan Golubs (15), Neve Fergie (14) & Mia Fergie (13) at prestigious Ponds Forge last weekend to compete in the British Gas ASA National Inter-County Championships.
The Championships first originated back in 1974 and used to feature just the 33 English counties of the ASA.
In 1999 the competition was opened up to the four Scottish districts (East, West, Midland & North) as well as two Welsh regions (North & South) with the six newcomers joining the 15 lowest ranked counties from the previous year to form a second division.
The format has stuck and the competition has continued to thrive with 40 teams from England, Scotland & Wales now gathering under one roof for a fiercely-contested and spectacular display of the Nation’s youngest talent.
The atmosphere was second to none as 1,200 swimmers and 1,000 spectators raised the roof cheering their teams to the winning touch.
During the contest Elliot swam for Yorkshire and Owen, Lily, Ruslan, Neve & Mia for Nottinghamshire.
Individual events were contested over 100m freestyle, backstroke, butterfly & breaststroke in three separate age groups – 12/13yrs, 14/15yrs & 16/17yrs. There was also 4 x 50m medley relays held for each of the age groups and one mixed 6 x 50m freestyle relay with teams made up of one boy & one girl from each age group.
The Championships took place in two 25m pools at the same time – one for Division One races, the other for Division Two.
Both Yorkshire & Nottinghamshire competed in Division One.
Nottinghamshire put in some new personal best times and secured a maximum points win for Lily Boseley in the 12/13yrs 100m backstroke.
But their 211 total points tally wasn’t enough to keep them out of the relegation zone and they’ll compete in Division Two next year alongside Essex, Warwickshire & Cumbria who were also relegated.
Yorkshire, on the other hand, faired significantly better, amassing 427 points to finish third overall in Division One behind runners-up Somerset and nineteen-times National County Champions, Lancashire.