Nova Centurion trio impress at Edinburgh International

Rhys Taylor, Tom Howarth & Lily Boseley
Rhys Taylor, Tom Howarth & Lily Boseley

Three swimmers from Nottinghamshire’s elite Nova Centurion squad impressed at the Edinburgh International as preparations hot up for next month’s British Swimming Championships.

With many World, Olympic, European & Commonwealth medallists in action, the event provided the swimmers with the opportunity to race their main events whilst being able to experience competing away from home and travelling and living together as a squad.

Sherwood Colliery SC’s Lily Boseley (13) dominated the Girls U14 backstroke events, qualifying fastest in the heats of the 100m before clinching victory and gold in the final in 1:04.47.

It was a similar picture in the 200m event with Lily storming to another gold in 2:21.01; both race times were new personal bests.

Continuing her busy schedule, Lily also competed in the 200m Individual Medley and 100m Freestyle events, where she took silver medals in both, the 200m Freestyle, where she took bronze, and qualifying for the final of the 100m Butterfly, where she placed fourth.

Mansfield SC’s Rhys Taylor (14) also enjoyed a podium-winning performance on the opening night.

He showed his strength in speed endurance by storming to a superb silver and new personal best time, 16:45.42, in the Men’s U16 1500m Freestyle.

Following an overnight recovery, Rhys then went on to set new personal best times in the 400m Freestyle, placing fourth, before then qualifying for the final of the 50m Breaststroke event where he placed sixth.

Falcon SC’s Tom Howarth (18) lined up alongside breaststroking’s elite Adam Peaty, Michael Jamieson and Ross Murdoch to contest the 50m, 100m & 200m events. Showing he was more than up for the challenge, Tom qualified for the B final of the 50m event taking a superb silver in a new personal best time of 30.22, a well-earned bronze in the final of the 100m and placing sixth in his heat of the 200m in a time of 2:29.97

With the dust settling in Edinburgh, the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow now becomes the focus for one of the largest Open competitions for para swimming, attracting teams and swimmers from countries all over the world.

The four-day meet is key preparation and qualification for the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships, which take place back in the Glasgow pool in July.