Sutton swimming siblings create history with double triumph

Siblings Ellethea and Evan Hawley with the gold medals they won at the county championships.
Siblings Ellethea and Evan Hawley with the gold medals they won at the county championships.

Siblings Ellethea and Evan Hawley, of Sutton Swimming Club, created history when they were both crowned individual age-group champions at the Nottinghamshire ASA County Championships.

It is believed to be a unique feat in the recent history of the club, and was one of the high spots of Sutton’s amazing achievements at the championships, held at the Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre in Nottingham.

Both were victorious in their respective 100m breaststroke events, with 12-year-old Evan first to strike on the Saturday morning with a time of one minute, 29.61 seconds.

Fifteen-year-old Ellethea had to wait until the Sunday afternoon for her final, but she claimed first place too with a time of one minute, 23.60 seconds.

Ellethea also won a bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke final with a time of three minutes, 2.66 seconds.

In addition to medal-winning swims, the Sutton club had 20 swimmers qualify for 27 places in finals over the second weekend of the championships, but just fail to make the top three.

Probably the unluckiest of the lot was 14-year-old Sarah Holmes, who was an excellent fourth in the 100m freetyle final, a fine fifth in the 50m freestyle and eighth in the final of the 100m backstroke.