Kirsty Neill won a stunning silver medal in the 200m breaststroke at the British Summer Championships.
The Bishop’s Stortford Swimming Club member set a club record for finishing on the podium in the 15-year-old class at the Ponds Forge International Sports Center in Sheffield.
In what has been a thrilling run, Neill, who set a PB to qualify, went blow-for-blow with the rival she beat at the Scottish National Championships in April before simply being hit for gold. She also finished 10th in the 100m breaststroke final.
Neill was joined at the prestigious week-long event, which featured Britain’s top 24 swimmers in each event and age group, by teammates Ella Greatbatch (14), Lauren Gore, Jago Derrington (both 16) and Niamh James (19). years and older).
New BSSC member Laura Burgess (16) competed for her former club while German side Bonn’s Toby and Will Godsell (15 and 17) swam under the Stortford umbrella after learning to swim in the city.
James put in a strong personal performance to finish ninth in the 200m backstroke final.
Toby Godsell also had an excellent championship winning silver in the 50m/100m backstroke and the 200m individual medley as well as bronze in the 200m backstroke. Will Godsell reached the final in all of his events, finishing fifth in the 50m breaststroke, sixth in the 100m breaststroke, seventh in the 200m individual medley and eighth in the 200m breaststroke.
All Stortford swimmers have received expert advice from head coach Benoit Grattepanche and former Stortford coach Mathieu Leroy.
BSSC results: Ella Greatbatch – 12th 50m breaststroke; Jago Derrington – 21st 200m backstroke; Kirsty Neill – 2nd 200m breaststroke, 10th 100m breaststroke, 13th 50m breaststroke; Lauren Gore – 24th 50m breaststroke; Niamh James – 9th 200m backstroke, 12th 100m backstroke; Laura Burgess – 13th 50m freestyle; Toby Godsell – 2nd 50m/100m backstroke and 200m IM, 3rd 200m backstroke, 11th 50m breaststroke, 12th 100m butterfly, 15th 50m butterfly; William Godsell – 5th 50m breaststroke, 6th 100m breaststroke, 7th 200m IM, 8th 200m breaststroke.