Competitive South Lincs Swimming Club shines in final weekend of Lincolnshire County Championships

South Lincs finished the Lincolnshire County Championships by being named Top Club after a sensational effort last weekend at Louth.

The team of 40 swimmers already had 37 medals in the bag from previous competition weekends, but the last two days saw a gargantuan effort from the athletes who won a further 142 medals.

Kitty Lamb led the way for girls 11 and under by winning no less than 12 gold medals in 12 races and setting 10 new personal bests.

Kitty Lamb.

She made her biggest improvement in the 200 backstroke where she lowered her personal best by more than five seconds en route to a gold medal in 2.46.38.

Kitty also set a new personal best in the 200m individual medley where she slashed her time by nearly three seconds to stop the clock in 2.52.08.

She won her gold medals in the 50m, 100m and 200m distances in the freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. There was also gold in the 50m butterfly and the 100m and 200m individual medley.

Charlie Bisby was a big winner over the two days of competition.

He also competed in the 11 and under category and won nine gold medals in nine races.

Charlie clinched gold in the 100m backstroke with a new personal best of 1.21.42, lowering his previous record by two and a half seconds.

He also set a strong new personal best in the 200m individual medley, again by more than two seconds to touch the wall in a new mark of 3.00.53.

Charlie collected gold medals in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 100m and 200m backstroke, 50m and 100m breaststroke, 50m butterfly and 100m and 200m individual medley.

Emma Croker collected seven gold medals in the last weekend of competition for girls 16 and older.

She won gold in her three favorite freestyle events, the 50m, 100m and 200m distances.

Emma set new personal bests in the 50m and 100m events in 25.93 seconds and 56.02 seconds respectively.

There were also gold medals for Emma in the 50m and 100m backstroke, again with new personal bests of 30.83 seconds and 1.05.10 respectively.

Emma also showed off her prowess in the butterfly sprint distances by winning gold in the 50m and 100m distances this time around.

Lucy Wilson was competing in her first county championships as a 12-year-old girl and won no less than six gold medals.

She took first place on the podium in the 100m and 200m freestyle, with new personal bests of 1.11.15 and 2.33.49 respectively.

Lucy added more gold medals in the 200m breaststroke and 100m butterfly as well as the individual 100m and 200m medley events.

In both medley events, Lucy set new personal bests of 1.21.89 and 2.51.87 respectively.

For good measure, Lucy also collected three silver and two bronze medals for her personal journey.

Rico Bringeman was in action in the boys 16 and over where he collected four gold medals.

He won the 200m freestyle, the 100m and 200m butterfly and the 200m individual medley.

Rico also collected five silver medals and three bronze medals over the weekend.

Charlie Bisby
Charlie Bisby

He set a new personal best in the 200m breaststroke, lowering his best time by more than 11 seconds to touch home in 2.27.97.

There were also impressive swims in the 50m and 100m freestyle where Rico set new club records of 25.10 seconds and 53.95 seconds.

Ellisha Cookson also put in some great performances in Girls 16+.

She struck gold four times, showing her complete dominance of the breaststroke events, winning the 50m, 100m and 200m distances to triumph in both her age group and the senior women’s championship.

Ellisha also won gold in the 100m individual medley and, for good measure, added two silver medals to her personal tally.

In the 200 butterfly, the race ended with the final stroke where Ellisha was hit for the gold medal, but set a new personal best of 2.23.57.

Alex Sadler won a hat-trick of gold medals – all with new personal bests.

He set a new mark in the 15-year-old boys age group in the 200m freestyle in 2.03.99 to win his first gold medal, then followed that up with another personal best in the 100m butterfly in 1.04. 18 for a second gold medal.

Alex ended the weekend by winning gold for the third time in the 200m butterfly, again with a new personal best of 2.23.34.

He also collected seven silver medals and one bronze during his county championship campaign.

Frank Lamb had a hugely successful weekend after also collecting a hat-trick of gold medals for the 13-year-old boys.

He stepped onto the podium in the 200m individual medley with a new personal best, losing more than three seconds off his previous best to hit the wall in 2.36.94.

Frank also took first place in the shorter 100m individual medley with a personal best three and a half seconds to finish in 1.14.92.

He also ended his weekend in gold by winning the 100m freestyle, again with a new personal best of 1.06.38. Frank also collected six silver and four bronze to add to his gold medals.

Oscar Goldsmith was competing in the 14-year-old boys age group where, unfortunately, due to injury he had to cut back on his program, but he still won three gold medals.

His first gold medal came in the 200m individual medley where he lowered his personal best by nearly three seconds to set a new mark and a club record of 2.24.79.

Oscar backed that up with gold in the 200m freestyle, again with a new personal best of 2.09.99.

His last gold came in one of his favorite events, the 200m butterfly, where he clocked a new personal best and another club best of 2.23.61.

Oscar also picked up three silver and two bronze medals in his races over the weekend.

Matteo Monaco was also competing for the 13-year-old boys and proved to be the master of the backstroke.

Matteo took victory in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke and set new personal bests in all three distances.

In the 200 backstroke, Matteo lowered his personal best by more than four and a half seconds to finish in 2.34.74.

In the 100m backstroke, Matteo broke a new personal best by over three seconds as he touched home in 1.12.74 and in the 50m backstroke, Matteo gained over a second to finish in 34.31 seconds. Matteo also collected two silver medals and one bronze.

Younger brother Francesco Monaco was also in action.

Francesco was South Lincs’ youngest swimmer at the county championships, but that didn’t stop him becoming county champion in the boys 11 and under category.

He reached the podium in the 200m freestyle where he set a new personal best in 2.49.09.

Francesco followed that up with gold in the next event, the 200m breaststroke where he set a new personal best of 3.43.13.

For good measure, Francesco also picked up one silver and five bronze medals.

Hannah Bruce was a double gold medalist in the 13-year-old girls category.

She won her first gold medal in the 200m individual medley.

Hannah had a great swim as she lowered her personal best over eight seconds to hit the wall in a new mark of 2.42.21.

She won her second gold medal in the 200m freestyle, one of her favorite events, with another huge personal best of over five seconds to finish first with a time of 2.22.02.

Hannah also collected three bronze medals in the 100m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 100m individual medley, all with new personal bests.

Alfie Bisby was also a gold medalist over the weekend.

He took gold in the 15-year-old boys’ 100m breaststroke and set a new personal best of 1.16.82 for the victory.

Alfie had a busy weekend as he won no less than four silver medals and six bronze medals in a range of events and strokes.

His biggest improvement came in the 200m freestyle where he lowered his personal best by nearly three seconds to finish behind teammate Alex Sadler in 2.04.66.

Aaron Sadler was competing in the 12-year-old boy category and showed off his butterfly skills over the weekend by winning three medals in the style.

He set a huge new personal best in the 200m butterfly, lowering his best time by more than 12 seconds to win the silver medal in 3.15.86.

There was also a personal best time in the 100m butterfly where Aaron hit the wall in 1.28.04 to win the bronze medal.

Finally, in the 50 butterfly, Aaron stormed the race to add a second silver again with a new personal best of 36.41 seconds.

Luke Blanchard won a silver medal in the boys 16+ 200m butterfly, following teammate Rico Bringeman home for a brace from South Lincs in the event.

Luke also won bronze medals in the 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley.

Alfie Robinson showed off his backstroke prowess by winning a stunning silver in the boys 16+ 50m with an excellent new personal best of 29.53 seconds.

There were also personal bests in the 100m and 200m backstroke with times of 1.03.65 and 2.14.68 respectively which gave Alfie a pair of bronze medals.

Sigourney Bolton showed off her breaststroke skills as a 13-year-old girl by winning a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke and a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke.

She set a new personal best in the 100m in 1.25.66.

Oliver Sorrell won a silver in the 15-year-old boys’ 200m breaststroke and a bronze in the 100m butterfly, both with new personal bests of 2.52.10 and 1.10.14 respectively.

Daisy Rummery won a hat-trick of bronze medals for girls 16 and over.

She won her medals in the backstroke events and set new personal bests in the 50m and 100m distances en route to her podiums.

There were also bronze medals for Mollie Briggs in the girls 16 and over 200 butterfly.

Lexie Hamilton won her first county championship medal in the 13-year-old girls age group of the 200m butterfly as she clinched bronze with a new personal best 3.25.87.

Lucie Lund also won bronze in the 15-year-old girls’ 200m butterfly with a new personal best of 2.45.80.

Sophie Wilson won a bronze medal in the 14-year-old girls 200m freestyle.

Head Coach Keith Haynes commented: “It has been an incredible County Championship for South Lincs.

“The swimmers performed exceptionally well. Our goal was to improve our medal haul from 2020 and we largely beat it, winning a total of 77 gold, 46 silver and 53 bronze.

“There have been so many new personal bests achieved by swimmers of all age groups and it’s really positive to see all of our swimmers making this kind of progress in their swimming.”