Superb start to open water season for South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club aces – The Voice

The South Lincs Competitive Swimming Club kicked off the new open water season with a number of great successes on several fronts.

Starting at the UK Selection Trials in Llandegfedd, Wales, Mollie Briggs represented the Spalding-based club and put in an excellent performance.

The event featured a big distance swim, with Briggs competing in the 17/18 age group women’s 7.5km race.

It also served as the selection event for British swimming for a number of European Cup competitions scheduled for the coming months. Briggs put in a great performance and crossed the finish line in eighth place in her age group, about 20 minutes faster than she finished the course last year.

A week later, a team of five swimmers from South Lincs headed to Cirencester for the Regional Open Water Championships.

It was a combined event with swimmers from three regions – East Midlands, West Midlands and South West – all taking part.

Despite the wet conditions, morale was high among the South Lincs swimmers and there were some great results.

Briggs (girl group 17) and Luke Blanchard (men 18-24) competed in the 5k event. Briggs has worked hard in training and is building to impressive form – and hasn’t disappointed in his run.

She completed the course in 1:07:46 to win gold for the East Midlands region and silver for the combined Midlands region.

Blanchard faced a strong field and finished the course in 1:06:52 to win the gold medal for the East Midlands region and the combined Midlands region.

At 21, it was his first open water event and his first regional medal.

South Lincs’ three remaining swimmers, Matteo Monaco, Frank Lamb and Emily Briggs, all competed in the 13-year-old age group which faced a 2km race.

All three were competing in their first major open water race and had undertaken some prep at Tallington Lakes during prep.

Monaco had a very strong race, despite struggling with the mass start and a slow opening.

He quickly found his rhythm and completed the course in 29.12 minutes to win gold in both the East Midlands region and the combined Midlands region.

Lamb, who has never been a fan of long distance swimming, pulled out all the stops to follow him to the finish line in 29.49.40 minutes and win the silver medal for the East Midlands region and the combined Midlands region.

Emily Briggs is making great strides in swimming and over the past six months has achieved her first county and region qualifying times.

Her hard work in training paid off as she completed the course in 34.43.55 minutes and won the silver medal in the East Midlands region.

Not only did they collect a total of nine medals for their performances, but there was an added bonus for four of them. The top three swimmers from each region of the country automatically qualify for the National Open Water Championships, which will be held Aug. 10 at Thrybergh Park.

Mollie Briggs, Monaco, Lamb and Emily Briggs all qualified in their respective age groups.

Head Coach Keith Haynes said: “I’m delighted with these fantastic results in the open water events.

“All the swimmers deserved their ranking because they did a great job training. I’m delighted to also have three more national qualifiers for the club and can’t wait for them to race in August.