Swimmers in a hurry for success at Sprint Championships

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ON SATURDAY a team of 15 swimmers represented St Thomas at the Midland District Sprint Championships.

Competing in the 10-12-year-old age group for boys George Cowan, Ben Morrison and Robert Allan reaped the reward for hard work in training. They demonstrated sound improvements in technique and set new personal bests in most of their events.

In the 50m butterfly the boys finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, while George also made the 50m freestyle final.

In the 10-12 girls Ally Morrison took a clean sweep of five gold medals setting new personal bests in the process.

Ashley Thomson and Sophie Smith also grabbed a slice of the medals, personal bests and finalist action. Ashley took a silver in the individual medley, bronze in backstroke and four in the breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle.

Sophie was placed fourth in backstroke and fifth in the butterfly.

Skye Redford, making her debut for St Thomas, competed in the 13-year-old girls’ age group. She improved on her entry times coming seventh in the backstroke and individual medley and being placed sixth in the freestyle final.

In the 14-year-old age group both Heather Ingram and Blair Fotheringham were on top form.

Heather impressed with her determination and underwater transitions to ensure that she made the final of every stroke winning a bronze in the breaststroke.

And Blair won silver medals in each of his five events smashing several personal bests.

Katie Phillips, Ross Geddes, Taylor Young, Luke Shepherd, Nathan Watt and Ethan Bell represented St Thomas in the 15/16 age group.

Katie got off to the best possible start by securing a gold medal in the 100m individual medley in a new record time. Katie then secured a further three silver medals in some closely competed races.

Ethan set personal bests with a notable improvement in his technique over the 100m individual medley while Ross, Nathan and Luke secured finalist positions and medals.

Luke won bronze in the breaststroke and freestyle, Nathan won silver in the backstroke and butterfly as well as a bronze in the individual medley, while Ross won a silver in the freestyle and bronze in the butterfly.

Taylor made the finals of the breaststroke and freestyle, securing a gold medal in the breaststroke in a tightly fought race. He also smashed his 50m backstroke time but his 100 individual medley proved to be his swim of the day as he dominated the race winning the gold medal with a nearly a two-second margin of victory.