September 26th, 2016

Regional championship success for Redditch swimmers

Regional championship success for Redditch swimmers Regional championship success for Redditch swimmers
Pictured, left to right, are Redditch Swimming Club talents Drew Bailey, Megan Grainger, Georgia Kingham, Amelia Rodd, Louise Osborne, Evie Floate, Ben Lewis, Katie Rolph and Emily Farr. Picture by Jeanne Bailey.
Updated: 5:53 pm, Jun 09, 2016

THERE were numerous successes for Redditch Swimming Club competitors at the Amateur Swimming Association West Midland Regional Championships in Coventry.

In the Youth Championships, 15-year-old Josie Ross reached three finals, finishing fifth in the 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle and seventh in the 200m breaststroke.

She also achieved fourth places in both the 400m freestyle and 400m individual medley (IM), whilst Ben Lewis, 16, swam a new personal best (PB) in the 50m breaststroke as he finished 11th.

The younger swimmers got their opportunity to shine in the Age Group Championships and there were numerous outstanding performances as no fewer than six Redditch swimmers came home with medals.

Leading the way was 12-year-old Millie Checkley who won a fantastic seven golds in the 200m and 400m freestyle, 200m and 400m IM, 100m and 200m breaststroke and 200m butterfly. She also picked up a silver medal in the 50m breaststroke.

Lizzie Kingham, 13, also had a very successful meet and won two gold medals in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, plus a silver in the 200m backstroke and bronze medals in the 200m and 400m IM events and 200m breaststroke.

Amelia Rodd, 13, won three medals as she secured silver in the 100m freestyle and bronze in the 50m and 100m butterfly.

Aimee Hood, 11, won silvers in the 200m butterfly and 200m breaststroke and a bronze in the 400m IM, whilst there were bronze medals for Megan Grainger, 13, in the 100m breaststroke and Hollie Richmond, 14, in the 100m backstroke.

Eleven-year-old Emily Farr qualified for the final of the 50m breaststroke at her first regional championships and she finished fourth in an excellent new PB time.

Evie Floate, 11, was also competing at her first championships at this level and she swam a good new PB to make it into the final of the 100m breaststroke in which she finished seventh.

Other Redditch SC competitors at the Age Group Championships in Coventry were Paulina Geus (14), Louise Osborne (11), Drew Bailey (11), Georgia Kingham (11) and Katie Rolph (11) and all five girls performed well as they gained new PBs.

Redditch Swimming Club head coach Chris Britt praised the achievements of the club’s swimmers.

“We were very well represented at this year’s Regional Championships and each of our 15 swimmers did the club proud,” said Britt.

“I am also delighted that Lizzie, Amelia, Hollie and Millie, along with Issy Griffiths, have now all qualified to swim at the Summer Nationals in Sheffield next month.”

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