Success for the Grantham Swimming Club in the “counties”

This year’s Lincolnshire County Swimming Championships took place over six days in late January and early February.

The event saw swimmers and spectators follow rules to ensure safety to allow sessions to run smoothly and efficiently.

In the months leading up to the ‘counties’, Grantham Swimming Club head coach James Stannard had worked hard with the club’s swimmers.

Members of the Grantham Swimming Club at the County Championships. (54873726)

James said: “The swimmers had to wait two years for the opportunity to compete at the county championships again, but it was great to see great performances from the whole team.”

The first round of the Lincolnshire County Championships was held at Grantham’s Meres Leisure Center and saw swimmers compete in the grueling 800m and 1500m events.

The Grantham swimmers exceeded expectations, breaking their personal bests and achieving excellent races.

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Special mentions go to Jacob Fish (09), Zach Hopkinson (09), Owen Hathway (06), Grace MacDonald (09), Grace Turner (07), Francesca Hallam-Stott (07) and Chloe Hopkinson (05) for having medalist in the 800m and 1500m.

The second round of the championships also took place at The Meres on the last weekend of January.

The 400m events were held on Saturdays when swimmers had two events to swim: the 400m individual medley and the 400m freestyle.

GSC had 16 swimmers competing in both events, with Grace Turner winning gold in both events.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the fourth day of counties has been postponed and revised so that Sunday’s events have been moved to the following weekend.

This revised schedule meant that there would be no finals for the events, making them Heat declared wins.

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The swimmers worked exceptionally hard to compete in the additional events of each session, producing outstanding performances.

Head Coach James added, “For our first championships of the year, I was very happy for the swimmers.

“A lot of those who qualified only started with the club recently, but it was fantastic to see them enjoying the experience.

“Our seniors have demonstrated exceptional skills for which we want to be recognized.

“We are now targeting the Regional Championships, where our swimmers will aim to compete against the best swimmers in the East Midlands and qualify for the National Championships this summer.”