Swimmers excel at long course championships

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SWIMMERS from Bridlington, some representing their home town club and others the Kingston Upon Hull Swimming Club, took part in the 2012 North Eastern Region long course championships over weekends in May and June.

Swimmers must have attained times at licenced meets to gain entry.

The competition is the next step up from the Yorkshires and to even get there is tough.

They are some of the British squad’s target meets for the year.

Grace Dennis competed in the first weekend in May at Sunderland Aquatic Centre. Swimming in the Junior (15-18) age group she gained gold in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and 800m freestyle events.

This and finishing in the top 10 of the open age group was a terrific achievement.

William Dennis (14), Yasmin Brown (12) and Tom King (12) competed at Ponds Forge in Sheffield and John Charles Centre in Leeds.

Dennis had qualifying times for five events and swam well in three relay events for the boys. He had personal bests in 200m freestyle and 400m individual medley.

Brown had qualifying times for four events and swam in all three relay events for girls.

She swam well on the Saturday but unfortunately was ill and could not compete on the second day.

King had qualifying times for seven races and got through to every final. He took fifth in the 400m and 200m freestyle, fourth in the 200m IM and gained four silver medals from the 100m fly, 100m free, 400m IM and 200m fly.

Three of the times he achieved are National Times which will now see him race against the best in the UK at the end of July.

It takes a lot of time, dedication and training to achieve this level of success.

The family and friends who support them and all at the club are very proud of them. For Bridlington to have members at these events is a testament to the quality of swimmers in the town.