South Lincs swimmers headed to Scunthorpe on the 8th September to participate in the third and final round of this year’s Junior Lincs League. Despite the team of swimmers not being at full strength, there were some positive swims from those in attendance.
Nitesh Anbazhagan was the star of the evening as the only South Lincs swimmer to take a first place finish and bring in maximum points to the teams score. Nitesh won the boys 12 years and under age group 50m Breaststroke just 0.06 seconds outside his best, posting a time of 38.81 seconds. There was also a strong performance from Nitesh in the boys 50m Butterfly where he took third place, again marginally outside his personal best with a time of 36.26 seconds.
Luke Sorrell produced some strong swims as he took third place in two events. 9 year old Luke took third place in the 25m Freestyle in his age group with an impressive 18.68 seconds swim. Then, swimming up an age group in the boys 10 years 50m Backstroke, Luke claimed another third place finish with a time of 45.44 seconds.
Anya Strickland led the girl’s side of the team with solid performances having only just recovered from a period of illness. Anya took fourth place in both the girls 12 years age group 50m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke. In both events Anya was just outside her personal best times, posting 36.92 seconds and 46.21 seconds respectively in these events.
Sigourney Bolton also took a fourth place finish in the girls 9 years age group 25m Breaststroke. Sigourney showed herself to be a breaststroke star of the future with an excellent new personal best time over the 25m distance of 29.51 seconds.
The clubs younger swimmers were clearly in form with Nathan Hyden taking a fourth place finish in the boys 10 years age group 50m Freestyle. Nathan also set an impressive new personal best time, lowering his previous best by over three and a half seconds to finish in a time of 42.18 seconds.
Oliver Sorrell also secured fourth place finishes and did so in new personal best times. In the boys 11 years age group 50m Butterfly, Oliver stopped the clock with a new PB of 41.32 seconds. Oliver managed his second personal best of the evening in the boys 11 years age group 50m Breaststroke with a new best time of 47.41 seconds.
There were a large number of personal best times achieved by the team’s other swimmers. Dziugas Baziliauskas stormed to new personal best times in the boys 12 years 50m Freestyle breaking the forty second barrier for the first time. Dziugas stopped the clock in a new best of 38.09 seconds before going on to set another large PB in the 50m Backstroke in a time of 47.10 seconds.
Lilli Bowman set a new personal best time over the 50m Backstroke when she led out the girls 12 years 4 x 50 Medley Relay. Swimming up an age group, Lilli was clearly inspired by being against older swimmers as she took over a second off her best time to touch the wall in 45.72 seconds. Lilli went on to set another PB in the 11 years age group 50m Butterfly with a new best time of 49.39 seconds.
There was a new personal best time and a sixth place finish for Emily Briggs, who at 8 years old was one of the team’s youngest swimmers. Emily posted a time of 24.64 seconds to take sixth position in the 9 years age group 25m Backstroke. Sophia Shackleston, also 8 years old, set her first time in the girls 9 years age group 25m Freestyle stopping the clock in 30.22 seconds.
Hayden Lewis posted his first time in the boys 12 years age group 50m Freestyle with a strong 47.19 second swim. Mackenzie Poll also posted his first time in the boys 10 years 50m Breaststroke finishing in 1 minute 15.05 seconds. Grace Ravell set a huge new personal best in the 11 years age group 50m Freestyle taking off in excess of four seconds to stop the clock in 48.01 seconds. Jess White swam to a new personal best time in the girls 10 years and under 50 Breaststroke with a new best time of 53.11 seconds, whilst Sophie Wilson posted her best time in the 50m Freestyle in the same age group with a time of 42.56 seconds.
On the night it was an eighth place finish for the South Lincs junior team in the third round of the event, however following some strong performances in the earlier rounds South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club took sixth place overall. The event was also the first outing for new Head Coach Keith Haynes with the clubs swimmers. Keith said ‘whilst the team wasn’t at full strength there are a lot of positives to take away from the evening. There were a large number of personal best times achieved by the clubs swimmers and that is always pleasing to see. We have a number of new swimmers who have never competed before and have really enjoyed the experience of this meet. Hopefully we will be back next year with a stronger team and a higher place finish.’

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