THE 2017/18 CAMPAIGN ended in impressive fashion for five Redditch Swimming Club aces who produced some excellent performances at the annual British Summer Nationals in Sheffield.
To qualify for the British Summer Nationals, swimmers had to be ranked in the top 24 for their age group in one or more events and the Redditch quintet were Amelia Rodd, Emily Farr, Lizzie Kingham, Alisha Stephenson and Millie Checkley.
All five girls achieved at least one top ten finish including Rodd in the 16-year age group who was fifth in the final of the 200m freestyle, eighth in the 800m freestyle and ninth in the 1,500m freestyle.
Farr (13/14 years) – at her first British Summer Nationals – was seventh in the 50m breaststroke final and Kingham (16 years) finished sixth in the 200m individual medley final and seventh in the 400m individual medley.
Stephenson (16 years) was ninth in the final of the 100m fly and Checkley (13/14 years) qualified for two finals – finishing ninth in the 200m fly and eighth in the 400m individual medley.
There were new personal bests for Rodd in the 200m and 1500m freestyle, Farr in the 50m breaststroke, Kingham in the 200m individual medley and Checkley in the 200m fly and 400m individual medley.
At the English Summer Nationals, also at Sheffield the following week, highlights for Redditch swimmers included gold medals for Checkley in the 200m individual medley and Rodd in the 50m freestyle.
In between the British and English Summer Nationals, Rodd joined the rest of the country’s best open water swimmers to compete in the Swim England National Open Water Festival at Rother Valley Country Park in South Yorkshire.
In a very close finish in her 5,000m event, Rodd came home in third to win a bronze medal.