Garstang swimmers hit 50 personal best times

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Garstang Swimming Club took a squad of 16 to compete in the North Lancashire Swimming Championships at the Palatine Pool in Blackpool.

This is an annual event held over two weekends at the end of January and early February and follows the Level 3 gala in October, this being the next level up.

The male team was made up of James Eccles, Jamie Leather, Thomas Eccles, Freddie Hewitt, Steven Frith, James Parker, Sam Gelder, Toby Lawton and Jack Howard.

James Eccles, Jamie Leather and Thomas Eccles competed in the open age group.

James swam some very strong races reaching the final of 100m butterfly, backstroke and freestyle to climb the podium five times out of eight starts: finishing 1st in 50m freestyle, 2nd in 50m backstroke and butterfly and 100m freestyle and 3rd in 100m backstroke. He also gained six pbs ( personal best times) along the way.

Jamie Leather competed in ten events 50m, 100m, 200m freestyle and backstroke, 50m and 100m butterfly and 50m breaststroke. Jamie reached the final of the 100m backstroke and achieved eight pbs.

Thomas swam in 50m breaststroke and butterfly achieving a pb.

Freddie Hewitt in the 12 years age group swam the 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle and was rewarded with a pb.

Steven Frith swam in the 11 years age group with a mix of sprint and stamina events. He entered the 50m, 200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle, 50m and 200m breaststroke, 50m backstroke and 200m individual medley. Steven came away with five pbs and a round of applause after finishing the marathon 1500m, 60 length freestyle event, no mean feat for any age of swimmer.

James Parker and Sam Gelder competed with the 10 years age group.

James was on the podium for his 2nd place in the 50m breaststroke and also swam the 50m freestyle, backstroke and butterfly, 100m individual medley and 200m breaststroke. He also took home six pbs.

Sam swam the 50m freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke achieving a pb.

Toby Lawton and Jack Howard were both competing for the first time at this event in the youngest 9 years age group.

Toby swam the 50m freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly and 100m individual medley achieving three pbs.

Jack was on the podium twice with 2nd in 50m butterfly and 3rd in 200m breaststroke. He then followed with a full house of pbs in all his events, 50m and 200m freestyle, 50m and 200m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 200m breaststroke and 100m and 200m individual medleys.

The girls team was made up of Hanna Leeson, Olivia Mulroney, Corien Saul, Sian Atkinson, Eleanor Moss, Abbie Hewitt and Georgia Wilson.

Hanna Leeson represented the open age group with two pbs in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly.

Olivia Mulroney and Corien Saul made up the 13 years age group.

Olivia swam the 100m breaststroke.

Corien entered the 100m freestyle and finished well inside her best time for a new pb.

Sian Atkinson in the 12 years age group swam the 100m freestyle.

Eleanor Moss in the 11 years age group achieved pbs in both her 100m and 200m breaststroke.

Abbie Hewitt for the 10 years age group swam the 50m freestyle, 50m and 200m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 100m individual medley, gaining pbs in all but one of her events.

Georgia Wilson in the youngest 9 years age group competed in the 50m and 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke and 100m individual medley, achieving three pbs.

Head coach Ian Kirk said: “The squad have consistently trained hard and the resultant high numbers of personal best times have shown this training to be paying off. It is great to see more swimmers tackling longer distances and new events and achieving rewards for doing so, which is a credit to them.”

Team Manager Steve Eccles said: “A further reward for some of these swimmers is that times gained in the course of this competition qualified them for entry to the Lancashire County Championships in Liverpool and Manchester in March and April. They should all be proud, a total of 50 personal best times speaks for itself.”