Coach proud of squad after national success

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Director of coaching Nathan Hilton was proud of his swimmers after Nova Centurion were fifth at the British Summer Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Hilton said: “What a fantastic week.

“This is the culmination of over four years of hard work, where everyone has been pulling in the same direction to put the programme back where it belongs as one of the top age/youth and senior programmes in Great Britain.

In 20 years of coaching at this level I do not think I have ever experienced a meet where the whole team has performed so well.

“I thank all of our supporting base swimming clubs as this type of achievement would not be possible without their invaluable contribution.”

Freestyle swimmer Polly Holden, 19, won gold at 400m, 800m and 1,500m, and bronze in the 200m freestyle event.

Freya Colbert, 14, won gold medals in the 400m and 800m freestyle, and silver in the 100m and 200m freestyle and 200m and 400m individual medley.

Sophie Pascoe, 25, won gold in the multi-classification (MC) 50m freestyle event and three silver medals.

Team gold medals was won by the Nova 14/16yrs girls 4x200m freestyle relay A team — Colbert, Annie Pearson, 16, Amy Mead, 16, and Rebecca Flisher, 16.

Joseph Kingsland, 15, won bronze in the 1,500m freestyle, Joshua Skinner, 15, bronze in the 200m backstroke and Ollie Hynd, 24, bronze in the MC 400m freestyle.