Mount Kelly Swimming were on the gold trail over the last two weeks at the British & English Summer Swimming Championships
at the Ponds Forge International Pool in Sheffield. 33 Mount Kelly Swimmers qualified for the two consecutive competitions in a new format introduced this year by British Swimming to accommodate the top 24 ranked and top 24-48 ranked swimmers in the UK respectively.
In one of their most successful National Championships in recent years Mount Kelly swimmers won an amazing 7 Gold medals, 10 Silver and 4 Bronze medals over the two weeks of intense racing.
Outstanding performances came from 14 year old Ollie Taverner at the British Championships winning a double Gold in the 50m & 100m Breaststrokes. Ollie also won a Silver medal in the 200m Breaststroke missing gold by a mere 0.5 of a second.
At the English Championships, 16 year-old Emily Cutler hit perfect form gaining a clean sweep in the 50m,100m and 200m Backstroke events winning Gold in all three events.
Medal winners at the British Championships: In the relays Mount Kelly won a Silver in the boys 14-16 years 4x100m Medley Team and a bronze in the girls 17 years and over 4×100 Freestyle Team. In the National Open Water Championships event that separated the two weeks, Mount Kelly’s Reece Worth power to a Silver medal in men’s 5km race with Megan Bowen finishing 5th in the women’s race. 15-year old Alex Seymour competed in 3km race and finish in a terrific 5th place.
Medal winners at the English Championships: A Gold for 12-year-old, Kaylee Dekker in the 100 Freestyle event set the standard for the rest of her week. Kaylee went on to win three further medals, all Silver, in the 50m and 200m Fly and also the 50m Freestyle.
19-year-old Reece Worth won his first ever National title in the 400m Freestyle, and very nearly backed this up in the 200m Individual medley where he won a silver after a very close battle missing Gold by 0.7 seconds. Brilliant double silver wins for 14-year-old Lauren Hession in the 100m Freestyle and 50m Freestyle. 14-year-old Jacob Newcombe swam the race of his life to win a Silver in the 100m Backstroke. Bronze medals were won by 15 year-old Abi Rawlings in the 200m Breaststroke, 17 year-old Toby Stanyer in the 200m Backstroke and 14 year-old Jack Hutchin in the 50m Backstroke. All our swimmers produced huge personal best performances and set between them 32 new Mount Kelly records.
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