Sixteen of the South Lincs swimmers were in action over the course of the weekend of the 30th – 31st March at the Team Luton March Open Meet. This was an early season long course competition providing lots of experience for the clubs swimmers as well as an opportunity to post times in the qualification window to National Championships. Over the course of the weekend the club swimmers produced numerous personal best times as well as collecting twenty-one medals, comprised of ten gold, six silver and five bronze to round off an excellent weekend of swimming.
Emma Croker had an exceptional weekend of swimming both in terms of the times that she posted and her successful medal haul. Competing in the girls 14 years age group Emma swam to gold medals in four of her events. Showing her prowess over the sprint distances Emma produced excellent times in both the 50m and 100m Freestyle posting 27.85 seconds and 1 minute 00.90 seconds respectively for these events. To compliment this Emma also took gold in the 200m Freestyle with a new long course personal best time of 2 minutes 13.16 seconds. In the 50m Butterfly Emma produced not only the winning time of 29.56 seconds for her age group, but the fastest swim of the competition winning the final heat from lane 8. Just for good measure Emma added a silver medal in the 100m Butterfly with another long course personal best time of 1 minute 09.77 seconds.
Ellisha Cookson made it a hat trick of gold medals and long course personal best times over the course of the weekend. Competing in the girls 15 years age group, Ellisha showed her abilities as an all round swimmer by taking gold in both the 400m and 200m Individual Medley. Ellisha swam strongly in the longer distance event across all the strokes to finish in a new long course personal best time of 5 minutes 17.13 seconds. In the shorter distance Ellisha swam strongly through the Fly and BK sections of the race, but demolished the opposition in the BR/S section allowing her to romp home to victory in the F/S leg in a time of 2 minutes 29.88 seconds. Ellisha also took gold in the 200m Butterfly with a very strong performance to post a further personal best time of 2 minutes 30.92 seconds. For good measure added a bronze medal to her personal haul in the 100m Breaststroke with another long course PB of 1 minute 19.00 seconds.
Mollie Briggs claimed double gold in the girls 14 years age group. In her preferred distance freestyle events Mollie produced some outstanding swims. On Saturday Mollie competed in the 800m freestyle and led her heat from the start without any competitor being able to get near her. Mollie swam to a huge new personal best time of 9 minutes 38.12 seconds. Mollie turned her attention to the shorter distance 400m freestyle on Sunday and once again sped into an early lead that could not be matched by her competitors allowing Mollie to stop the clock in another big new personal best time of 4 minutes 40.65 seconds.
Nitesh Anbazhagan had a strong weekend of performances posting numerous new personal best times. However his strongest performances came in his preferred breaststroke events. Competing in the boys 13 years age group Nitesh swept to the gold medal in the 50m Breaststroke on Saturday with a new personal best time of 35.52 seconds. On the Sunday Nitesh was back in medal winning form, this time on the 100m Breaststroke where he collected the silver medal with yet another personal best time of 1 minute 20.46 seconds.
Isobel Gosling also had a very successful weekend in the girls 12 years age group, collecting four medals. Isobel continued her fine form in the 200m Butterfly event, swimming this event for the first time in a long course pool, Isobel produced an excellent race to post a time of 2 minutes 44.88 seconds and claim the silver medal. In the shorter distance 100m Butterfly Isobel once again swam to a medal, this time bronze, in a brilliant new personal best time of 1 minute 15.38 seconds. There were further medals for Isobel in the freestyle events. In the 400m Freestyle Isobel took the silver medal with a new personal best time of 5 minutes 03.29 seconds. Isobel also collected a bronze medal in the shorter distance 200m Freestyle with a new long course personal best time of 2 minutes 27.06 seconds.
There were also medals for Anya Strickland, in the girls 13 years age group 800m Freestyle Anya collected the silver medal in a new long course personal best of 10 minutes 19.52 seconds. Edward Skells swam a strong 400m Individual Medley to collect the bronze medal in the boys 15 years age group. Ed used his strength in the backstroke and breaststroke section to get right back into the race after the fly section and move into a medal position with a time of 5 minutes 25.47 seconds. Daisy Rummery collected silver in the girls 15 years age group 400m Freestyle setting a new long course personal best of 4 minutes 49.77 seconds. Team mate Aurinija Maliauskaite produced her fastest ever 200m Freestyle in this age group to claim bronze in a time of 2 minutes 14.77 seconds.