North East Region short course championships 2016

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Sunderland Aquatic Centre was the venue for the A.S.A. North East Regional Short Course Championships 2016. With a very busy weekend of swimming, the pool was split into two events. Age group 11-13 years one end, with senior/ junior the other.
Grimsby Aquatic Swim Team was represented by 4 senior and 8 age group swimmers, 5 of which were new to the short course competition.
First up for the age group swimmers was Eve Linton 12. The 100m Breaststroke saw her achieve a new time of 1.24.64. Her best finish however, was an 8TH position for the 200m Breaststroke in a new time of 2.58.38, knocking 9 seconds off her entry time.
Another age group Breaststroker Harvey Harris 13 qualified for 2 events. The 50m and 200m, each with a second personal best, and a 10th position for the 50m in 36.86.
The 400m I.M was represented by Bethany Crump 12. Finishing in 7th place, with a new time of 5.32.94 and slashing 11 seconds off her entry time. Another top ten finish, a 9th place for the 800m Freestyle and another 3 personal bests for her other events.
Kian Brown 11, qualified for 6 events at his first short course district competition. His best results however, were left for the Sunday. A 7th place finish for the 400m I.M in 5.54.95, and a 9th position for the 400m Freestyle with another personal best time of 5.13.95
Jack Wood 12 also saved his best until the Sunday. A 6TH place finish for his 100m breaststroke in a new time of 1.20.93. Two new times achieved also for his 50m Butterfly and a fantastic 29.99 seconds for his 50m Freestyle.
Next event for the girls saw Lucy Woodliffe 13 compete in the first of her Freestyle events. A 4th position in a time of 2.11.51 for the 200m, 5th position for the 400m and a silver medal in 800m in 9.29.93, all with new personal best times.
Alex Woods 13 with his favourite stroke Butterfly saw him finish in 4th place for the 200m in 2.28.05. He achieved new times for his 50m and 100m in 31.80 and 1.10.60 respectively.
Evie Barber 12 another new comer to the district competition. Qualifying for the gruelling 800m Freestyle and 200m Butterfly both on the same day. This didn’t deter her as she knocked off a huge 30 seconds off her entry time for the 800m in a new time of 10.17.01, and 3 seconds from her Butterfly event.
Competing for the senior/junior age groups and entering 4 events each were Oliver Duckworth, George Barber and Joe Basdeo-Taylor, with Isabel Newson qualifying for all 3 backstroke events.
Oliver Duckworth 14 achieved 3 new personal bests in his Freestyle events. A very strong swim in the 1500m earned him a well-deserved bronze medal, in a time of 16.38.41. A fantastic achievement as he was competing in the 15years and under category.
Joe Basdeo-Taylor 14 achieved new times in both the 200m and 400m I.M events and a 2.03.73 time for his 200m Freestyle event.
Isabel Newson 14 competing in her first district competition swam 2 new personal bests. A 32.55 and 1.10.34 time for the 50m and 100m Backstroke respectively.
George Barber 15 achieved a clean sweep of personal bests. A top 10 finish in the 200m Butterfly event resulted in an 8th place position in the final. Better still another qualifying time, along with his 100m Butterfly, entry into this year’s National Short Course Winter Championships, held at Ponds Forge International Centre in December.
Head Coach Mark Sheldrick was delighted so early on in the season with such fantastic results. “We now have some of the younger swimmers coming through to achieve their District times. There were 48 events entered over the weekend, with 36 new personal best times achieved. What a great team effort”.

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