Mount Kelly, Dinnaton and Leander among medals on opening day of Swim England Summer Champs

MOUNT Kelly College, Dinnaton and Plymouth Leander all won medals on the opening day of the Swim England Summer Meet at Sheffield.

Mount Kelly won four medals in Wednesday’s evening session at Ponds Forge.

Leading the way for them was Lewis Smart, who won the 16-year-olds’ 400m IM in 4:44.25, which was a PB by eight seconds.

His team-mate Joe Russell won a silver medal and Ben Harrison and Finlay Middleton bronzes.

Russell’s podium finish came in the 15-year-old boys’ 200m freestyle with a time of 1:58.91 seconds.

Harrison, who like Smart and Russell had competed at the previous week’s British Summer Championships, took third in the 17-years’ 100m breaststroke in 1:06.09. In the same race Plymouth Leander’s Morgan Newman and Tom Beagley came fifth and eighth, respectively.

Middleton’s bronze was secured in the men’s MC 100m freestyle. He clocked 1:07.34.

Emily Morgan-Hughes won a bronze medal for Dinnaton in the 12/13-year-old girls’ 100m breaststroke.

Morgan-Hughes clocked 1:16.56, with Leander’s Alex Maticiuc finishing seventh in the same final in a time of 1:17.54.

There was a silver medal for Leander’s Marcus Gardiner in the men’s 100m breaststroke. He clocked 1:03.74 in the final, that also contained his club team-mates Adam Chillingworth and Harry James.

Fellow Leander swimmer, Sandor Apponyi just missed out on a medal in the 12/13 year-olds’ 100m breaststroke. He finished fourth in 1:11.55.

There was also a fourth-placed finish for Mount Kelly’s Molly Francis and Canadon’s Adam Roebuck.

Francis’ came in the 16-year-old girls’ 400m IM with a 5:10.85 swim.

Roebuck took fourth in the men’s MC 100m breaststroke in 1:22.47. Devonport Royal’s Andrew Keeler finished sixth in that final in PB time of 1:24.79.

There were also final appearances on the first day of competition for Mount Kelly’s Morgan Penney and Henry Dixon, plus Leander’s Grace Paynter and Lucy Armitage.

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