Magnificent seven medals for Sherwood Colliery swimmers

Six of the seven Sherwood Colliery swimmers, with their coach, who competed at the East Midlands Championships.
Six of the seven Sherwood Colliery swimmers, with their coach, who competed at the East Midlands Championships.

A superb haul of two gold medals, four silvers and one bronze was brought home by a team of seven swimmers from the Sherwood Colliery club at the East Midlands Age-Group Championships.

All the swimmers were showered with praise by head coach Ian Negus, who said: “They performed exceptionally well against the strongest competition in the region. For a relatively small club to win seven medals in a regional championship is a massive success and the swimmers should be extremely proud of themselves.”

Dawid Sroka spearheaded the Sherwood challenge in the international pool at Corby as he reached the finals of all eight events he contested in the 13-year-old boys’ age group. He bagged a gold medal and the junior champion title in the 200m freestyle and also picked up silver medals in both the 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly.

Gold was also celebrated by Ellena Keigher, who qualified for three finals from six events and won the 13-year-old girls’ 50m backstroke. Outstanding throughout the competition, she took silver in the 100m backstroke too.

A silver medal was also won by Olivia Barrett, who set a new long-course personal-best time in the 11-to-12-year-old girls’ 50m breaststroke, one of three finals she qualified for. And a bronze was won by Heidi Marriott in the 50m backstroke of the same age group. She reached two other finals, finishing fourth in the 100m backstroke.

Fourth place was achieved too by Suranne Cave in the 13-year-old girls’ 100m butterfly. She also made the final of the 50m butterfly and achieved a new personal-best time.

The two younger members of the Sherwood team produced impressive swims as well. Grace Manson competed in three events in the 11-to-12-year-old girls’ category and clocked a new best time in the 100m backstroke, while Sam Potts also posted a best time in the 50m backstroke for 11-to-12-year-old boys, an age group he will still be eligible for next year.