Six members of Sutton Swimming Club excelled at the first weekend of the Midlands Age Group Championships at the 50m pool in Coventry.
Five of these were representing Nova Centurion (Nottinghamshire’s elite swimming squad) with Chloe Peach (13) being the only Sutton SC swimmer reaching this high standard of competition independently of the Nova squad.
Each of them did extremely well to qualify due to the challenging qualification times.
Results from the first weekend of competition saw 13-year-old Ruslans Golubs (pictured with coach Gren Greaves) part of the Nova A relay team that were crowned Midland Champions of 21 teams taking part and also part of the Nova B R
relay team that finished fourth out of 12 teams in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay.
In the 400m freestyle he finished fourth out of 36 competitors in a time of 4.30.13.
He was also was part of the Nova B 4 x 100m freestyle relay team that finished fourth out of 21 teams.
In the 200m breaststroke, Ruslans finished fastest 13-year-old in the heats out of 20 competitors in a time of 2.35.94. This qualified him for the final, but with very little rest between his 100m butterfly heat swim and this final, Ruslans finished second to take a silver medal in a time of 2.39.41.
The winner of the final swam a time of 2.39.04, some three seconds plus slower than Ruslans had swam earlier in the heats.
He was second fastest 13-year-old in the 100m butterfly heats out of 19 competitors in a time of 1.03.41 to make the the final. Again, with little rest following this heat and the 200m breaststroke final Ruslans again finished second fastest 13-year-old to take silver medal in 1.06.44.
In the 200m butterfly he was the fastest 13-year-old in the heats out of 14 competitors in a time of 2.20.52, over four faster than the second placed 13-year-old.
He elected not to participate in this final in order to rest for his remaining event.
The final was subsequently won by a 13yr old in a time of 2.22.09, still nearly two seconds behind Ruslans heat time swim.
In the 100m freestyle he finished seventh out of 38 competitors in 1.00.55.
Mia Fergie (11) was crowned Midlands Champion in the 200m butterfly 11/12yr old final, where she swam even faster than her heat, winning in a time of 2.45.08.
She was fastest 11-year-old in the heats out of 14 competitors in a time of 2.47.78.
In the 100m breaststroke Mia was third fastest out of 17 competitors to win a bronze medal in a time of 1.27.95.
In the 200m freestyle she was 14th out of 48 competitors in 2.29.51 and in the 100m backstroke - finished 29th out of 71 competitors in 1.22.05.
In the 200m individual medlay Mia finished eighth fastest 11-year-old out of 31 competitors in a time of 2.46.78. This qualified Mia for the final where she swam even faster to finish fifth in 2.42.17.
Chloe Peach (13) finished 15th out of 23 competitors in a time of 1.12.34 in the 100m butterfly.
Lauren Quinn (14) was in four events. In the 200m individual medley she finished 29th out of 44 competitors in a time of 2.38.77, in the 100m freestyle she finished 26th out of 40 in 1.04.31, in the 200m backstroke she was 19th out of 35 in 2.33.30 and in the 400m freestyle she was 20th out of 42 in 4.50.80.
In the 200m Individual Medley Jim Fergie (11) finished 16th out of 22 competitors in a time of 2.53.28. In the 200m freestyle he finished 27th out of 35 competitors in 2.34.05 and in the 200m butterfly he finished sixth out of 10 in 2.56.82.
Neve Fergie (13) came 18th out of 60 competitors in a time of 1.04.77 in the 100m freestyle, 18th out of 32 in 2.36.27 in the 200m backstroke and 21st out of 47 in 4.49.58 in the 400m freestyle.
The Midlands Age Group Competition concludes this coming weekend.
Between the six Sutton swimmers a Sutton SC club record of 40 events will have been entered over the two weekends of competition which continues to demonstrate the club’s progression under the guidance of head coach Gren Greaves and his coaching staff.