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Duo cause a splash

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 05 July 2010

Teenage duo Daniel Smith and Nathan Henderson qualified for their first National Swimming Championships as Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Swimming Club made a big splash at the prestigious ASA East Region Winter Short Course Champs in Norwich.

Teenage duo Daniel Smith and Nathan Henderson qualified for their first National Swimming Championships as Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Swimming Club made a big splash at the prestigious ASA East Region Winter Short Course Champs in Norwich.

Smith and Henderson secured their first ever national qualifying time with Smith swimming the 200m backstroke and Henderson in the 100m breaststroke.

The nationals are something only the few get to experience due to high qualifying standards.

Smith, 15, who has made significant progress over the last few years only qualifying at regional level for the first time in 2007 also came away having made three open finals and took one junior bronze medal.

Henderson, 16, had the meet of his life swimming bests in all six of his events and making five open finals and taking two bronze medals.

Not to be out done, the championships also incorporated disability swimming where Stephanie Bird broke three east region records and took away three multi disability gold medals and one silver.

Youngster Emily Harris swam two personal best times one of which secures her place on the National Talent Programme for the next 12 months.

The rest of the L&OB team also put in great performances and these came from; Leanne Barnard who swam a season's best since returning from injury in the 200m free.

Lewis Farmer swam all three of his races in bests, looking very strong on the 400m free.

Senior Emily Hawes swam four bests out of her five events and in doing so broke the plateau she had experienced over the last two years on her backstroke. Callum McColgan swam the 100m freestyle breaking the 58 seconds barrier.

The results were very welcome to L&OB head coach Simon Pickering made a few changes to the swimmers programme earlier in September.

“An increase in the sessions available and a revision on the overall training plans has seen two new swimmers qualify for national championships,” he said.

“I am confident there is more to come.”

For more information on how to join L&OBSC, please contact Jill Walker on 01502 740359 or email jillandandy@btinternet.com

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