SWIMMING star Izabella Blacklock continues to improve in and out of the water with Plymouth College.
The 15 year old, who has a scholarship with the college and the famous Plymouth Leander Swim Club, was awarded the captain’s Boarding House Award for contribution to the boarding community, an award only presented to one boarder each year.
And in the pool, thanks to her great times at the NatWest Island Games in Bermuda, she is now ranked 12th in the country for short-course 50m backstroke, and 12th for short-course 100m backstroke, for her age.
Shortly after returning from Bermuda, Izabella took part in the British Gas ASA National Championships at the 50m pool at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, in the 100m backstroke.
On paper, she was seeded slowest in 98th position (15 to 18 years) and swam in the first heat in lane eight. She turned in around fifth place and came back strong in the final 25m to come from behind to win her heat in a long-course PB of 1.07.28. This put her 58th in the age group, and although only the top 20 made the semi-finals, she was 17th out of all the 15 year olds.