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Sharks enjoy a golden time in the Black Country

Liam Moakes 20th Nov, 2017

STRATFORD Sharks swimmers struck gold at the Stourbridge Swimming Club Long Distance Open meet in Wolverhampton.

Seventeen Stratford swimmers made the journey up the M6 early on Sunday morning and returned with six gold, four silver and two bronze medals.

Rebecca Morrison hit the ground running for Sharks, bagging a bronze in her age group in the 400m individual medley, before Ella Vickers followed up with a gold in her age group in later heats.

Chris Clements and Robin Hughes led the boys’ charge in the 1,500m freestyle, winning silver and bronze medals in the 16 years and over age group, whilst Seb Hopper swam a great personal best.

Gracie Wain kicked off the 400m freestyle for the girls in style with a bronze medal in the ten-year age group and Molly Bullock, Georgia Pridham and Charlotte Marshall all had great swims.

Rebecca Morrison took a silver medal in her age group and Hannah Penny and Kathryn Lythgo both secured gold.

In the afternoon, Felix Gallagher had a great swim, taking gold in the 400m individual medley and Charlotte Marshall, Hope Lawton, Rebecca Morrison and Izzy Hopper all acquitted themselves well in the 800m freestyle.

Hannah Penny achieved her second gold of the weekend and Izzy Callaghan and Kathryn Lythgo battled it out in the last few meters to take gold and silver respectively.

More medals followed in the final event of the day, the boys’ 400m freestyle, with Robin Hughes taking gold, Felix Gallagher silver and Harvey Flint swimming a great personal best in the 12-year-old age group.

Stratford Sharks head coach Kim Mortimer said: “Team Sharks had a great day and it was well worth the trip with 71 per cent of the swimmers achieving personal bests.”

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