On Monday 6th May eleven of the South Lincs swimmers headed to Ponds Forge in Sheffield for another day of East Midlands Regional Championships. The swimmers were contesting the sprint 50m events and the distance freestyle events, that is the 800m and 1500m freestyle. The team of swimmers came with ambitions to produce new personal best times and make some of the finals available to them. The South Lincs swimmers stepped up to the demands of Regional championships and produced some exceptional swims and achieved exceptional results.
Mollie Briggs and Aurinija Maliauskaite got the day off to a very positive start with both girls setting new personal best times in the heat’s of the 50m butterfly. Mollie reduced her best time by more than a second to touch the wall in 31.23 seconds and Aurinjia finished in a strong time of 31.10 seconds. Both of these swims were enough to secure places in their age group finals. Mollie competing in the girls 14 years age group and Aurinija competing in the girls 15 years age group both swam a little outside of their heat times to take 10th place in the finals.
Ellisha Cookson had a big new personal best in the 800m freestyle. Ellisha found herself in fast pace rhythm that she was able to maintain and worked her way through the field of swimmers to touch home for a 4th place finish in the girls 15 years age group in a time of 9.32.46. Mollie Briggs was again in action and whilst Mollie swam a solid race she finished a little outside of her best time in 9.43.41 to take 7th place in the girls 14 years age group.
Daisy Rummery had a fine set of performances, contesting the 50m backstroke and the 50m freestyle. Daisy swam well enough to break both her personal best times and register 33.25 seconds and 29.19 seconds respectively. Daisy’s times fell just short of making the finals in these events finishing 11th in the backstroke and 15th in the freestyle.
South Lincs were able to field a team in the girls 14-16 years 4 x 200 Freestyle Relay, the quartet of Emma Croker, Ellisha Cookson, Aurinija Maliauskaite and Daisy Rummery swam a superb team effort to take 4th place behind some of the Regions very best teams and swimmers. Whilst the aim was to break the nine minute barrier, the girls finished in a very respectable 9.01.18.
Dusty Saines had a successful campaign in her 50m freestyle event. Dusty produced an exceptional heat swim to finish in a new personal best time of 28.97 seconds, lowering her PB by a massive 0.74 second margin. Dusty’s result was enough to see her tie in 12th position and leave her in a swim off for the position of second reserve for the final. Dusty took the opportunity of second swim and produced another outstanding race in which she won the swim off and lowered her heat time yet again to a brilliant new best of 28.68 seconds.
Oliver Sorrell was taking part in the boys 1500m freestyle and really rose to the occasion. Oliver produced the swim of his life, and perhaps the race of the day, to work his way through the field with a fast pace that he was able to maintain throughout the race. Oliver touched home smashing his personal best time by eighty seconds for a new best of 19.39.21. His time was enough to secure the silver medal in the boys 11/12 years age group and was also within the qualifying standards for national Open Water Championships to be held in August at Rother Valley.
Ellisha Cookson was back in action in the 50m breaststroke, a solid heat swim saw her just dip under her personal best time and register a 35.67 second swim to qualify to the girls 15 years age group final. In that final Ellisha flew off the blocks to open her race exceptional quickly and place herself at the front of the field, working hard in the second half of the race Ellisha was able to touch home in a new best time of 35.32 seconds and claim the bronze medal.
Aurinija Maliauskaite had her opportunity to shine in the 50m freestyle. Aurinija produced a solid heat swim and a new personal best of 28.66 seconds to qualify in fourth place for the girls 15 years age group final. In that final Aurinija was hoping to move up a spot into a medal winning position and she showed every determination to do so in the race with a fast start to the half way mark and hard work in the second half of the race and in a blanket finish had enough to claim the silver medal in a big improvement in her time of 28.25 seconds.
Emma Croker had an excellent day of sprint swimming. Emma qualified for both the finals of the 50m butterfly and the 50m freestyle in the girls 14 years age group. Swimming determinedly in both of the events, Emma took bronze in the 50m butterfly with a new personal best time of 29.19 seconds and in the 50m freestyle Emma claimed the silver medal in a closely fought race with another best time of 27.51 seconds.