Midlands delight for Sharks - The Stratford Observer

Midlands delight for Sharks

Stratford Editorial 16th May, 2018 Updated: 16th May, 2018   0

STRATFORD Sharks enjoyed great success at the West Midlands Swimming Championships at Coventry Leisure Centre over five days.

There were many impressive performances from the 22 Sharks swimmers, including 12 medal wins and seven longstanding club records being broken.

There were two gold medal wins for Leah Bowen in the 11/12-year 50m and 100m freestyle events and a silver in the 200m.

In the same age group, Charlotte Harding clinched a silver medal in the 100m backstroke. In breaststroke, there were also silver medals for Ellie Harsant in the 50m (14-yr), Eleanor Vickers 200m (16-yr) and Elinor Bird (17-yr-plus).

Isabelle Callaghan (17-yr-plus) won bronze medals in both the 100m and 200m and also managed second place in the 800m freestyle.

Robin Hughes (17-yr-plus) won gold in the 1,500m and Daniel Cox (15-yr) added to the medal count with bronze in the 15-year backstroke final.

Sharks were represented with 29 places in the various finals and there were also many PBs secured throughout the various events.

The 22 swimmers who represented Team Sharks over the two weekends were: Abi Dudfield, Sandy Forysiak, Alistair Ristov, Cassie Lea, Charlotte Harding, Daniel Cox, Eleanor Vickers, Elinor Bird, Ellie Harsant, Georgina Ireland, Hannah Penny, Isabelle Callaghan, Joel Watson, Kathryn Lythgo, Lauren Maher, Leah Bowen, Lilian Perdomo, Molly Bullock, Morgan Evans, Owen Lawton, Rebecca Morrison and Robin Hughes.

Head coach Kim Mortimer said: “This was an outstanding performance from the swimmers and is great reward for the past year’s hard work and dedication.

“Swimmers, coaches and parents were faced with difficult conditions (high heat and humidity) over the weekends but responded well to the challenge.

“I was proud to see many fine swims, plus outstanding professionalism and resilience. With all of the hard work of the swimmers and coaches and continued support, plus a positive drive, we will make even more gains in upcoming open meets for the remainder of the season.”

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