Mansfield and Ashfield’s swimmers once again thrilled the crowds at the British Swimming 2018 National Summer Championships with standout swims from Lily Boseley and Matthew Woodhall.
The event is the highlight of the domestic National swimming calendar and, with household names missing from the line up as they head off to compete at the European Championships in Glasgow, it was time for others to step up and impress the crowds inside the prestigious Ponds Forge pool in Sheffield.
Swimming with the City of Sheffield Swim Squad in her home pool, Ashfield’s Lily Boseley, led the local charge with an individual gold and British National Champion title in the Girls 17/18yrs 100m Backstroke and three silvers as part of the Team Steel 4 x 100, 4 x 200 Freestyle and 4 x 100 Medley relay teams.
Lily also qualified fastest for the finals of the 50m & 200m Backstroke events but declined to swim them for family reasons.
Continuing the City of Sheffield successes and swimming in his first National competition with Team Steel, Matthew Woodhall bought his season to a close with stunning performances in an action-packed programme of individual events and team relays.
Kicking off his week he swam a stunning personal best time in the 400m Freestyle finishing 18th overall in the 13/14yrs age group and, taking his confidence into Day 3 of the Championships, swam another personal best in the heats of the 400m Individual Medley to qualify eight fastest for the final. He lowered his time again in the evening final to finish ninth overall.
Day Four bought the heats of the 100m Butterfly with Woodhall securing 16th place before joining three of his Steel City team mates for the heats of the 4 x 200m Freestyle relay and helping the team qualify eighth quickest for the evening final where they finished eighth overall.
Woodhall took to the water again on Day 5 with the 200m Individual Medley, 800m Freestyle and 4 x 100m Freestyle relay events securing personal best times in all three before closing his Championships on Day 6 with a heat and finals swim in the 200m Backstroke and continuing his impressive form to set new personal best times to finish eighth.
Kings Clipstone’s Elliot Clogg was missing from the National competition after being selected for the Team GB squad for the 2018 European Championships taking place at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow this week.
Clogg completed the 45 strong GB squad after impressing selectors with strong performances at the Commonwealth Games.