Star swimmers shine in Southampton

By Clare Newman

Friday, February 21, 2014


MEMBERS of the IW Swim Team produced the goods as they sought Hampshire County Championship qualifying times at the City of Southampton Level 2 Open Meet.

The ten-strong team swam a total of 36 races, with 18 new PBs recorded.

Leading the way was Abigail Lacey who not only made the county standard but also gained South East Regional Championship qualifying times in five events for her age group, 11 to 12 years.

Her best finish was third in the 200m individual medley.

Over-19s swimmer Luke Oakley also made the regional cut, in the 100m and 200m freestyle, finishing fourth and third respectively.

Achieving two PB times was Megan King, whose best result was a third place finish in the 11 to 12 years 50m breaststroke.

In the same age group, Amber Backhouse achieved three PBs and a fourth place in the 100m breaststroke.

There were also PBs for Lelayna Blacklock in the 100m and 400m freestyle, Tom Kral in the 100m and 200m freestyle, Eleanor King in the 100m freestyle, James Stirling in the 200m freestyle, Harvey Stillwell in the 100m freestyle and Joshua Begg, who qualified for the county championships for the first time in the boys’ ten years 50m freestyle.

The Hampshire County Swimming Championships take place over the first three weekends of March, in Portsmouth and Waterlooville.

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