Counties 2015

This year's County Championships was the highlight of the year so far for many swimmers - it was great to see the improved results - with 32 gold medals this year, in comparison to only 18 last year!. PBs were achieved by most swimmers - in Meet 1 (the 800 and 1500 sessions) 100% of races resulted in PBS; 82% of Meet 2's swims generated PBs; Meet 3 - 86% and in Meet 4 - 91% of swims were PBs. 34 Midland Qualifying Times were achieved by an increased number of swimmers (three times the number of 2104); County Records fell to Matthew Broughton and Bethany Walker both of whom should be congratulated on winning their Age Group categories, and Bethany, in some races, on taking the Open Age Group title too.

It was impressive to see how smart our swimmers looked in their county hats, 2015 T-shirts, and how enthusiastic they were. Their behaviour was impeccable, and I was proud to be leading the team at this, my first County Championship for many years. Thanks need to go to the professionalism of the poolside team, including coaches, team managers, and all the officials and helpers who made the Championships run smoothly, and to parents for supporting their swimmers throughout.

Midlands Transformation

Pentaqua delivers winning ways! 


City of Lincoln Pentaqua Swimming Club’s swimmers went to the Midlands Regional Youth Swimming Championships in Corby, Northamptonshire to build on encouraging results at the recent Lincolnshire County Championships. 


The team which included Bethany Walker, Dan Evans, Gabrielle Vickers, Harry Furnish and Hedley Butlin were in the company of the top qualifiers throughout Midlands competing in the 15yrs, 16yrs and Open age groups. Topping the bill in this year was new 100M Breaststroke World Record Holder, Adam Peaty, from City of Derby Swimming Club.


The Midlands Youth Championships is a step on Pentaqua’s journey of transformation under the leadership of Head Coach, Ian Turner, the most successful international coach in British Swimming’s history. Ian commented, ‘I returned to Pentaqua eight months ago, and have built on the skills and enthusiasm of the club’s swimmers to ensure that they achieve to their fullest potential. I am pleased with the way that the swimmers apply themselves, and have high hopes for the Championships.’  


The two day meet started well with Bethany Walker putting in an impressive swim to qualify in first place for the 15yr old 50m Breaststroke final. Bethany held her position and was rewarded in the final with first place, claiming a County Long Course Record, and putting her in 5th place in England  - a perfect rank to enable her to qualify for the British Championships. Bethany also made the 200IM final, finishing in 6th place, and ended in 7th in the 100 Freestyle event – a great end to a long hard day. Day two saw her make the finals in the 100 Breaststroke, and the 50m Freestyle, and in both of these she stormed her way to victory, finishing with two more county records, and first places overall in both events. 


The performances of the other team members did not disappoint – they all showed that hard work pays off. Hedley Butlin had an outstanding swim in the 200m Breaststroke. Not only did he snatch a bronze medal but knocked 9 seconds off his personal best and set a new County Record – just rewards for a winter of hard work. Gabrielle Vickers established a new life time best in the 50m Butterfly and looked strong in the100m event.


Dan Evans and Harry Furnish both raced in the50m Breaststroke. Dan is trying to balance swimming and a full time job – a difficult task. Harry Furnish set a new life best in the event and is a great reward for some hard work in the training pool.


‘I’m pleased with the team’s performances this weekend’, commented Ian Turner, Head Coach. ‘They have worked hard to achieve this success, and with the support and dedication of the coaching team, will have the opportunity to achieve more. The club is rightly proud of the swimmers who have taken part in the Youth Championships, and we have hopes for more medals in June at the Age Group Championships for the younger swimmers. This is another step forward in what is a long term plan for Pentaqua as we work to transform the potential for our young swimmers into results. Bringing home Lincolnshire’s only regional championship golds is a significant milestone for the club, and backs up great displays from all the Lincolnshire teams, who delivered a clutch of podium finishes and finals.’


City of Lincoln Pentaqua Swimming Club provides swimming teaching and coaching from learn to swim to performance competition coaching for all age groups. Anyone interested in joining Pentaqua should visit 


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International Coach Returns

City of Lincoln Pentaqua Swimming Club is proud to announce the return of international coach Ian Turner to the Lincolnshire based club as Head Coach.


Ian has a wealth of experience at every level of swimming, most recently on the international stage as Head Coach and Technical Director to the Singapore Swimming Association leading the Singapore Team in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games. Ian comes from a background of coaching swimmers at the highest level, having been British Swimming's Head Coach (1999-2008), England's Commonwealth Games Swimming Team's Head Coach (1996-2006) and GB High Performance Centre's Head Coach (1998-2008). 

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Midlands 2015 Success

Success for CLP swimmers at the Regional Championships.


Our regional qualifiers swam their way to a host of Medals and PBs at the recent Midland Championships. Well done to all. Bethany Walker swam particularly well and took away the title of Regional Champion for the 50 Freestyle, 50 Breaststroke and 100 Breaststroke in the Girls 15year old group. Bethany is pictured here with Hedley Butlin who medalled in the 200 Breaststroke.