North East Regional Long Course Championships 2017

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Grimsby Aquatics Swim Team were in action once again at the North East Regional Long Course Swimming Championships over the weekends of 20th-21st & 27th-28th May, held at the Sunderland Aquatics Centre.
Aquatics travelled with a team of 14 swimmers who had all qualified for this 50 metre regional event through their strong performances at open-competitions over recent months. Over the course of the two weekends, the Aquatics swimmers took part in a total of 73 events, achieving excellent personal bests and reaching a superb 10 finals.
Regional finalists included Beth Hall (12) 50m Butterfly and 200m Backstroke, Eve Linton (13) 50m & 200m Breaststroke, Jack Wood (13) 100m Breaststroke, Lucy Woodliffe (14) 400m Freestyle and 200 Backstroke and Alexander Woods (14) who had a superb championships reaching 3 finals in total, including the 200m backstroke 400m Freestyle and the 200m Butterfly in which he narrowly missed out on a national qualification time by only 0.70 seconds.
After two weekends of intense competition, England Talent and Grimsby Aquatics’ Head coach Mark Sheldrick was extremely pleased with the range of individual performances, saying “The strong number of regional qualifiers across the more junior age groups within the club is really encouraging. These young swimmers will go from strength to strength as they continue to focus on their technical development. To see so many personal best performances and regional finalist places being achieved is a great reward for their hard work and dedication.”
Aquatics stars George Barber and Oliver Duckworth – normally regulars at the regionals – were unable to compete at this year’s event, following their selection to attend British Swimming’s England Talent Camp at the Best Fest in Majorca, where they were in training with the country’s best open water swimming talents.

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