Local swimming clubs celebrate county glory
Swimmers from all three local clubs, including London 2012 Paralympic stars Oliver Hynd MBE and Charlotte Henshaw, were in action over the weekend competing for titles and medals in the prestigious Notts ASA Senior and Youth County Championships at Beechdale Leisure Centre in Nottingham last weekend.
Over 40 swimmers from Mansfield Swimming Club, Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club and Sutton Swimming Club battled it out alongside swimmers from 14 other clubs in the county for individual and team titles; and they certainly didn’t disappoint.
Mansfield Swimming Club celebrated two new county champion team titles with Tyrelle Hamilton, Henry Slawson, Rhys Taylor and Brendan O’Keefe bringing home golds in both the 15/16 years 4 x 50m medley relay and 4 x 50m freestyle relay events.
Joining them on top of the podium in the individual events was 18-year-old Oliver Hempsall, who made it a triple gold celebration in the men’s 50m and 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly to add to his silvers in the 50m breaststroke, 50m backstroke and 100m individual medley.
Tom Howarth (17) once again dominated the breaststroke events, taking bronze in the men’s 50m and silver in the 100m and 200m events.
Imogen Gould (18) led the Sherwood Colliery charge with a fantastic four golds and county champion titles in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly, adding silvers to her medal haul in the 100m freestyle, 100m individual medley and 200m breaststroke and bronzes in the 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley.
Jade Clarke (17) was crowned county champion with a superb gold in the 50m backstroke. Sherwood’s men added to the club’s successes with 19-year-old Lewis Steptoe taking silver in the 400m freestyle and bronze in the 200m event while Connor Smith (18) landed a bronze in the 100m freestyle.
In the team events, Sherwood celebrated a new county champion title in the women’s Open 4 x 100m freestyle relay with Jade Clarke, Shannon Brown, Jade Young and Imogen Gould powering them home over three seconds ahead of the runners-up.
Jade Clarke, Imogen Gould, Hannah Carnell and Shannon Brown also took silver in the Open 4 x 100m medley relay, Emily Waldram, Jade Young, Hannah Carnell and Shannon Brown, a well-deserved bronze in the 15/16 years 4 x 50m medley relay, and Hannah Carnell, Esme Wood, Emily Waldram and Shannon Brown a silver in the 15/16 years 4 x 50m freestyle relay.
Sherwood’s men added to the team successes with Sebastian Smith, Daniel Timms, Connor Smith and Lewis Steptoe taking a silver in the Open 4 x 100m medley relay and a bronze in the Open 4 x 100m freestyle relay.
It was also a good day at the office for London 2012 Paralympic silver medallist Charlotte Henshaw (27), who lined up in the 100m breaststroke, taking first place in the multi-disability category six and 11th place overall in a time of 1:41.34.
Sutton Swimming Club members kept their blue flags flying high by taking successes in both the team and individual events, with London 2012 Paralympic champion, Oliver Hynd MBE, swimming to a superb bronze medal in the 200m backstroke in a time of 2:17.53.
Ollie said: “I was proud to represent my base club, Sutton SC, again and was delighted to win a medal in an able-bodied race.”
If British Disability Points were awarded for his time, Ollie would have broken the current world record – a remarkable achievement.
More successes followed with 17-year-old Lara Prosser taking a superb silver in the women’s 50m backstroke and team mate, 15-year-old Lauren Quinn, the bronze.
In the team events, Sutton’s quartet of Daniel Johnston, Ruslans Golubs, Aaron Lee and Liam Best, swimming in his first ever County Championships, swam to an impressive silver in the men’s 15/16 years 4 x 50m freestyle relay and bronze in the 4 x 50m medley relay, finishing just an agonising 0.01 seconds behind silver medallists Nottingham Leander.