Record Pershore turnout at West Midlands Regional Championships - The Evesham Observer

Record Pershore turnout at West Midlands Regional Championships

Evesham Editorial 21st Jun, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016   0

A RECORD number of Pershore Swimming Club members competed at the West Midlands Regional Championships in Coventry.

For many it was their first time swimming at this level and there were 41 Pershore finalists over the two weekends.

Top performers for PSC were Simon Sweatman (13) who won four silver medals (100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, 100m fly, 50m freestyle) and two bronzes (50m fly and 50m backstroke) and Hannah Woodcock (12) who clinched two golds (100m backstroke and 50m breaststroke) and one silver (100m breaststroke).

Patrick Heeks (12) took bronze in the 200m fly and was fourth in the 100m fly, whilst Chris Vizard (14) won bronze in the 200m fly and Jasmine Franks (11) added another bronze in the 50m fly.

Jasmine Taite (15) secured a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle.

Alexandra Barry (12) was unlucky to miss out on medals as she finished fourth in the 800m freestyle, 50m fly, 200m IM and 100m backstroke, whilst Hamish Cross (12) was fourth in the 50m fly.

Meanwhile, PSC’s Simon Sweatman has qualified for the National Summer Championships which take place in Sheffield in August. He has qualified for the 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke and 50m fly.

Head coach Tom Naughton said: “The West Midlands Championships was an excellent event for our swimmers.

“There were some excellent performances as swimmers reached finals of a number of events and won a number of medals for their efforts.

“We also witnessed very promising swims from swimmers who were competing for the first time at the event. There were outstanding swims from Simon Sweatman, Chris Vizard, Hamish Cross, Alexander Barry, Jasmine Franks, Hannah Woodcock and Patrick Heeks.

“The overall performance showed that, although the smallest club at the event, PSC can compete against clubs with larger membership and far more pool time.

“This shows the determination and character of the swimmers that compete for our club.”

Other PSC swimmers competing were Luke Perry, Charlotte Downey, Caitlin Yates, Bella Woodcock, Sophie Thomas, Emily Drayton and Naomi Marsden.

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