Impressive medal haul for Halifax

Halifax Swimming Club sent swimmers to Harrogate and Leeds over successive weekends to compete against clubs from all over the region and beyond.

In Harrogate, 14-year-old Liam Clegg turned in a brilliant 50m butterfly display in a time of 30.54 to win the A-Grade gold medal and qualify for the Yorkshire County Championships.

Clegg also took home gold in the 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley, silver in the 50m breaststroke, and bronze in the 100m freestyle.

Twelve-year-old Adam Coote also notched up qualifying times for the Yorkshire championships with his excellent 400m and 50m freestyle races.

He also grabbed the A-Grade gold in the 200m backstroke, solidifying his place for the 2012 North Eastern Championships later this year.

Other standouts in Harrogate included nine-year-old Lois Shackleton with three top-10 A Grade finishes in the 200m freestyle, 200m individual medley and 50m breaststroke.

Ten-year-olds Joshua Mathias and Julian Warner also raced to top-ten A Grade finishes in the 200m individual medley and 50m freestyle respectively, while 12-year-old Nicole Stiff turned in an A-Grade time in the 50m freestyle.

In B-Grade, Stiff also picked up the bronze medal in the 50m butterfly and swam a top 10 finish in the punishing 200m butterfly. Warner prevailed in the 200m freestyle to take the gold medal before winning another gold in Leeds in the 50m freestyle. Mathias repeated his Harrogate success in Leeds by beating the field to take gold in the 200m individual medley.

In Harrogate, 13-year-old Samuel Brackenridge touched the wall in the 50m breaststroke to win silver, while also delivering an impressive fourth place finish in the 200m breaststroke.

Despite a gruelling schedule that included five races over the course of one day in Harrogate, 11-year-old Matthew Greidanus swam an A-Grade fourth place finish in the 200m breaststroke, while taking the bronze in the B-Grade 200m individual medley and finishing in the top 10 in the 50m backstroke, 200m freestyle, 50m breaststroke.

In Leeds, Greidanus showed his versatility by also taking the bronze in the 50m butterfly.

Also in Leeds, Grace Allen, 10, continued to deliver the promise expected of her by claiming bronze in the 50m backstroke race. Luke Dunne, also 10, returned to the pool after losing training time due to ear surgery, yet still put in a dominating performance in the 50m breaststroke to take home the bronze medal. Charlie Kershaw, (9), pulled off a stunner in his first long-course competition, qualifying for the Yorkshire Championships in the 50m breaststroke.

Other thrilling top 10 finishes in Harrogate came from powerful 11-year-olds Sophie Stiff in the 50m freestyle and Katie Wilby in the 200m backstroke and 100m breaststroke, while Charlotte Townend, 12, stormed to a fifth place finish in the 50m butterfly. In Leeds, Matthew Bottomley, having just turned 12 a few days earlier, had to swim in an older age group and still finished in the top 10 in the 200m individual medley, 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke.

Andrew Raine, 12, inched closer to qualifying times for the Yorkshire Championships in October with top 10 finishes in the 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle.

Next on the club’s agenda is the 2012 Yorkshire Championships later this month and March.