A talented squad of Mansfield and Ashfield’s young swimmers produced some sparkling performances at the recent SRS Leisure Midland ASA Regional Championships in Corby.
Between them they reached over 20 finals, won a large number of medals and set a vast array of new, long course (50m) personal best times in the process.
Among those stealing the show was Mansfield SC’s Rhys Taylor.
Competing with the Nova Centurion squad, Rhys led the local charge in the Boys 15 years age group qualifying for five finals and taking home four medals.
He won silver in the 200m Individual Medley and three bronze in the 400m Individual Medley, 400m Freestyle & 100m Breaststroke.
In the final of the 200m Freestyle Rhys placed eighth. He also competed in the Nova Centurion Boys 14/16yr 4 x 200m Freestyle relay team adding another gold medal to his overall tally.
With the gold medal he won in the 1500m Freestyle event held at the end of last month, Rhys completed his overall Regional Championship campaign with a total of six medals.
Also qualifying for a large number of finals and taking home medals was Nova Centurion and Sutton SC’s Neve Fergie.
Swimming in the Girls 16 years age group, Neve rose to the challenge with a packed programme of events taking bronze medals in the finals of the 50m, 200m & 400m Freestyle.
In the final of the 100m Backstroke Neve placed fifth, sixth in the 50m freestyle final, seventh in the 50m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle finals and declined to swim the 200m Backstroke final due to the large number of events having competed in previously.
Qualifying for three finals and taking home two medals was Sherwood Colliery SC & Nova Centurion’s Imogen Gould. Swimming in the Girls 17 years/over age group.
Imogen took silver in the 200m Individual Medley final, a bronze in the 50m Breaststroke final and placed seventh in the 100m Breaststroke final.
Falcon ASC & Nova Centurion’s Tom Howarth had an exciting weekend being drawn alongside the current World Breaststroking Champion, Adam Peaty, in the 50m & 100m Breaststroke finals.
Rising to the challenge, Tom finished runner up to Adam with the silver medal in the 50m event, placed fourth in the 100m event and seventh in the 200m.
Sutton SC’s Sargon Youssefi-Titchen additionally qualified for the Boys 17 years/over 50m Breaststroke final alongside Tom, taking a superb bronze medal.
Also swimming in the Nova Centurion squad was Sherwood Colliery SC’s Declan Smith.
Declan qualified for three finals in the Boys 16 year age group, placing fourth in the 100m freestyle final, seventh in the 200m Freestyle final and eighth in the 100m Breaststroke final.
Declan then joined his Nova Centurion team mates in the Boys 14/16year 4 x 100m Medley relay taking a superb team gold, adding another gold in the 4 x 200m Freestyle relay and a silver in the 4 x 100m Freestyle event.