Mansfield and Ashfield swim aces continue fine form at Nottinghamshire County Championships

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Mansfield & Ashfield’s swimming aces continued their fine form into the second weekend of the British Gas 2015 Nottinghamshire ASA County Championships at Nottingham’s Beechdale Leisure Centre.

Remarkably, in the nine-14-years age groups, 32 of our local swimmers are currently sat in the keenly-contested Top 10 British Age Group Category (BAGCAT) Award positions, with final places due to be decided on what is set to be an explosive last day of individual competition in the pool on 14th March.

Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club’s 13-year-old Lily Boseley continued to lead the local title-fest, adding another five Junior County Champion titles to her first weekend’s tally, taking the county’s top junior honours in the 50m butterfly, 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke plus 100m freestyle.

She additionally claimed the Junior County Champion runner-up spot in the 400m freestyle and is currently sat first in the girls’ 14yr BAGCAT competition.

Continuing Sherwood’s successes, Kirsten Pinson (17) took another two county titles in the women’s 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke Multi-Disability events, Imogen Gould (20) claimed the Senior County Champion runner-up podium place in the 100m freestyle, adding a third place in the Senior 50m butterfly competition, while Jade Clarke (19) had a third placed podium finish in the Senior 50m backstroke.

Sherwood’s male swimmers weren’t going to be outdone, with 21-year-old Lewis Steptoe taking the Senior County Champion title in the 100m freestyle and the Senior County Champion runner-up spot in the 400m freestyle.

Declan Smith (16) claimed the Senior County Champion runner-up position in the 200m breaststroke and, in the junior competition, Owen Ottaway (13) added to his first weekend’s achievements, claiming the Junior County Champion runner-up spot in the 400m freestyle. Owen is currently third in the Boys’ 14yr BAGCAT competition.

Medals were additionally awarded in the individual age group events.

Lewis Steptoe (21) claimed gold in the Boys’ 17yr/over 400m freestyle, Declan Smith (16) two golds in the Boys’ 15/16yr 200m breaststroke and 100m freestyle, Owen Ottaway (13) a bronze in the Boys’ 13/14yr 400m individual medley, Jade Clarke (19) a bronze in the Girls’ 17yr/over 100m freestyle and Emily Waldram (17) a bronze in the Girls’ 17yr/over 50m backstroke.

The Sherwood squad amassed a vast array of new personal best times and, impressively, a large number of new and improved Regional qualifying times to take forward to the combined East & West Midlands Regional Championships in May.

Looking ahead to the final weekend of County Championship competition, Sherwood currently have 13 swimmers in Top 10 BAGCAT positions - Charles Austin, Olivia Barrett, Dawid Sroka, Owen Harding, Joseph Sadler, Rebecca Hyatt, Amelia Tunnicliffe, Adam Pring, Abbie Scott, Rebecca Flisher, Millie Standen, Owen Ottaway, Lily Boseley and Evie Timms.

In the Boys’ Open Age Top Swim competition, Lewis Steptoe is currently lying fifth out of 221 competitors, Lily Boseley third and Imogen Gould fourth out of 251 competitors.

County Championship debutant Lucy Carter (11) successfully competed in the Girls’ 50m backstroke competition, improving on her entry time and placing 46th in her age group category.

Sutton Swimming Club carried over their first weekend’s fine form with 30 swimmers representing the club across 13 different events.

Sutton’s ‘Blue Army’ achieved 37 new personal best times on the first day of competition, along with a large number of new and improved Midland Regional qualifying times to add to their first weekend’s tally.

The Fergie family enjoyed another successful weekend with 13-year-old Mia Fergie taking the Junior County Champion title in the 200m butterfly, adding a Junior County Champion runner-up spot in the 200m backstroke and two, third-placed podium finishes in the 100m backstroke and 50m butterfly. Mia is currently lying third in the Girls’ 14yr BAGCAT competition.

Ruslan Golubs (16) carried on Sutton’s tradition for producing great butterfly swimmers, taking the county’s top honours in the senior competition and the Senior County Champion crown in the 200m butterfly, just pipping Sutton team-mate Daniel Johnston into the third-placed podium spot in the same event.

Jim Fergie (13) claimed a keenly-contested Junior County Champion runner-up spot in the 200m butterfly, missing out on the champion’s title by just half a second. Jim is currently lying fifth in the Boys 14yr BAGCAT competition.

Older sister, Neve Fergie (15) displayed great form in the Girls’ Speed Endurance events, taking Senior County Champion runner-up podium places in both the 400m and 800m freestyle events.

In the 100m freestyle event, Kelsey Edwards (14) took the Junior County Champion runner-up spot, swimming under a minute to achieve his very first Midland Regional qualifying time in 59.49 seconds.

In the individual age group events, Kiera Dobbs took gold in the Girls’ 9/10yr 50m butterfly, a silver in the 200m butterfly and third in 400m freestyle.

Chloe Quinn made it two gold medals in the Girls’ 11/12yr 200m butterfly and 100m freestyle, adding two silvers to her tally in the 50m butterfly and 800m freestyle plus a quartet of bronzes in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke and 400m freestyle.

County Championship debutant Adam Read gave an impressive performance in the Boys’ 9/10yrs 200m butterfly event, taking the silver medal in a time of 3:52.45 and Nicola Peach achieved her very first Midland Regional qualifying time in the Girls’ 13/14yr 50m butterfly.

Aside from the medals, Sutton currently have 12 swimmers sat in Top 10 BAGCAT positions - Maddison Hammond, Molly Etherington, Michael Senior, Keira Dobbs, Talitha Oud, Matthew Woodhall, Ellethea Hawley, Chloe Quinn, Joshua Leeson, Nicola Peach, Jim Fergie and Mia Fergie.

Additionally, in the Girls’ Open Age Top Swim competition, Neve Fergie is currently lying fifth out of the 241 competitors.

Also, 11-year-old Chloe Quinn’s 100m freestyle swim secured a new 11-year-old, All-Time Nottinghamshire County short-course record in a time of 1:03.68. The record was previously held by Fiona Donnelly in a time of 1:03.69 and prior to that, Rebecca Adlington in 1:04.02.

Completing local successes, Mansfield Swimming Club enjoyed another bumper weekend in the Beechdale pool with the young squad adding to their first weekend’s achievements with 39 new personal best times and seven new Midland Regional qualifying times.

In the BAGCAT competition, Mansfield SC currently have six swimmers hoping to achieve Top 10 success - Bailey Slater, Lewis Meade, Heidi Marriott, Hollie-Mae Dove, Gracie Clifton, and Natalee Meldrum.

Additionally, in the Boys’ Open Age Group Top Swim competition, Rhys Taylor is currently second out of the 221 competitors with 642 points.

Contesting the Junior and Senior County Champion titles, Benjamin Rees (18) took the County Champion title in the Men’s 100m backstroke Multi Disability event, adding the silver and County Champion runner-up spot in the Multi Disability 50m freestyle.

Rhys Taylor qualified for the final of the Boys 15yr/over senior 200m breaststroke final in which he placed fifth. In his own age group, 15/16yrs, he took the bronze medal in the same event in a time of 2:35.79 and added a gold in the 50m breaststroke and two silvers in the 400m individual medley and 400m freestyle.

In the Girls’ senior competition, Chloe Peach qualified for the final of the Girls’ 15yr/over 200m backstroke, placing fourth in an improved Midland Regional qualifying time of 2:25.81.

In the individual age groups, County Championship debutant Lewis Meade achieved his very first medal, a glorious gold, in the Boys’ 9/10yr 50m breaststroke whilst his young team-mate, Bailey Slater, took silver in the Boys’ 9/10yr 400m freestyle; outstanding considering it was the first time he had raced this particular event.

In the girls’ events, Heidi Marriott took a superb silver in the Girls 9/10yr 50m backstroke and Ellis Malson (13) achieved her first Midland regional qualifying time in the same event; a remarkable achievement after missing most of the season’s training so far with a broken arm.

New Midland regional qualifying times were also achieved by Rhys Taylor, Ben Sharrocks and Natalee Meldrum.

The individual County Championship competition concludes on 14th March before squad members then combine in the team events to contest the Relay titles on 15th March.