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Lowestoft & Oulton Broad SC swimmers perform well in regional competitions

PUBLISHED: 03:34 09 June 2017

The Lowestoft & Oulton Broad Swimming Club team who performed well in the recent regional competitions. Turn to  Page 65 for a full report. Picture: Becky Barton

The Lowestoft & Oulton Broad Swimming Club team who performed well in the recent regional competitions. Turn to Page 65 for a full report. Picture: Becky Barton

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Lowestoft & Oulton Broad SC swimmers took on competitors from Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire over two weekends.

Senior swimmers attended their age group regional championships in Luton.

Katie Lines, 16, swam the 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke and made it into the 200 final where she finished sixth. Sydney Newham-Stebbings, 18, swam the 50 and 100 breaststroke and Harry Garner, 14, swam 50 butterfly.

The junior swimmers, aged between 11 and 13, swam at the UEA Sports Park in Norwich.

Imogen Block had huge success, swimming in all final heats and claiming many top five positions. She gained a bronze medal in 100 backstroke and has been selected to swim 50 and 100 backstroke at the English National Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield in the summer.

Luke Barton made the final in 200 fly and has earned himself a place swimming the 1500 freestyle at the National Open Water event on July 31 at Rother Valley Country Park near Sheffield by gaining the qualifying time in the pool. Luke made huge improvements on his 400 and 1500 freestyle and missed out on a bronze medal by two seconds on the 1500.

Joe McGillvary swam at the regionals for the first time this year and achieved a bronze medal in 1500 freestyle which qualified him for National Open Water in July.

Brandon Riley gained a place in the 100 butterfly final, being placed eighth in his age group.

Harry Swann competed in his third consecutive regional championships and competed well in the 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke.

Jack Pallant, Matt Bessey, Olivia Aldred and Kiara Jessop swam at regionals for the first time. Jack competed in the 100 and 200 butterfly, Matt swam the 400 freestyle, Olivia swam 50 and 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle and Kiara swam 50 and 200 breaststroke, 400 individual medley and 200 butterfly. All achieved good times for first time competitors while Olivia achieved personal bests in all three of her swims, Kiara a personal best in her 200 breaststroke and Jack a personal best in the 100 butterfly.

All swimmers trained extremely hard for this competition and the results show that their determination paid off. For more information on the club visit www.lobsc.org.uk.

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