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 www.pentaqua.org
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