Croker secures place in Britain as South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club trio impress at Championships – The Voice

Three South Lincs swimmers traveled to Sheffield to compete in the UK Swimming Championships – and one of them won the right to compete for Britain in the European Junior Championships.

The UK Championships are the major event on the national calendar, with many of the country’s best swimmers – such as Olympic gold medalists Adam Peaty, Duncan Scott, James Guy and Anna Hopkins – all competing.

Representing the Spalding-based club, Ellisha Cookson, Emma Croker and Rico Bringeman, who had the opportunity to rub shoulders with the best Britons over the week and showcase their abilities.

The Championships were also of considerable importance as they acted as a selection competition for British senior and junior teams to compete in the Commonwealth Games, World Championships, European Junior Championships and the European Youth Olympic Festival.

Indeed, Croker was selected in the British team to participate in the European Junior Swimming Championships. which will be held in Bucharest, Romania, from July 4 to 11 this year.

All three swimmers acquitted themselves admirably over the six days, with Cookson first in action.

She gave South Lincs a flying start as she cleared her 50m breaststroke to set a new personal best (PB) of 33.35 seconds.

Cookson surprised herself by advancing to one of the finals of the evening where she was able to improve her run time and post a new club record of 33.23 seconds.

She was back in action on day two of the 200m breaststroke championships, where she posted a new personal best of 2.43.99 minutes.

Swimming with control in the first hundred meters, Cookson was able to attack the second half of the race and break away from the pack of swimmers to set her new best time.

She then returned home for a few days of training before returning to action on day six of competition, where she lined up in the heats of the 100m breaststroke.

After setting PB times in the other two distances, it’s no surprise that Cookson set another new standard of 1.13.87 minutes – which was again a new club record as she narrowly missed the final of this event.

Three record times out of three races at this level of competition was a great achievement and bodes well for her at the Nationals this summer.

Croker, meanwhile, Croker contested four events in the first four days of competition.

She started her campaign in the 200m freestyle, where in the heats she was slightly off her best record as she qualified for the evening final.

Croker then found something special in his final and lowered his personal best time by 1.28 seconds to finish with a new mark of 2.03.93 minutes and take a stellar second place.

She also finished fourth junior (17 and under) in the event.

Then Croker raced the 50m butterfly heats on day two of the championships and was just short of his PB.

On day three, she competed in the 50m freestyle and was again just short of a new personal best as she finished in 26.81 seconds to secure another run in the junior final of that event.

A determined final swim saw the South Lincs ace hit the wall in seventh place with a time of 26.90 seconds.

Croker then closed his campaign on day four of the competition with the 100m freestyle.

She swam a solid 58.03-second heat race in the morning to advance to the junior final of this event in third place.

There she was able to find something more and set a new PB of 57.24 seconds as she fought her way through the next 50 yards to secure another super second.

Bringeman, meanwhile, was determined to match his teammates’ achievements and had an excellent qualifying swim in the 200m butterfly clocking a new personal best of 2.07.32 minutes to advance to the junior final.

The goal is always to go faster in the final than in the heat and Bringeman did find some extra speed in the second half of the race to hit home in a new record time of 2.07.10mins.

His best time was not only a club record, but also a new Lincolnshire county record in the event.

Bringeman then turned his attention to his individual medley (IM) events.

In the longest 400m individual medley, he fell short of his personal best with a swim of 4.44.36 minutes, which was not quite enough to qualify for the junior final of this event.

A day off and a training session got him back on track for the 200m individual medley.

A quick exit in the butterfly and controlled backstroke section of the race gave Bringeman his best end-of-stroke speed as he raced through the breaststroke and freestyle sections of the race to smash his 2.54 PB seconds and stop the stopwatch in a new mark of 2.10. 55min.

His time was also a new club record in that event.

During the week, the three swimmers competed in ten events and made five more finals, setting nine new personal bests.

The competition was a huge learning opportunity for all three swimmers, who had to manage themselves over a long period of time.

They also showed a real ability to go from the playoffs to the finals and give their best.

Croker making the UK squad for the first time was the obvious highlight for the club.

Many of the country’s top swimmers started their international careers competing at the European Junior Championships and everyone at South Lincs really hopes that she will follow in her footsteps as she progresses in her swimming.