Aquatics

Plymouth Leander and Mount Kelly end British Summer Championships on a high

THE British Summer Swimming Championships ended with Plymouth Leander and Mount Kelly picking up eight medals between them on the final day.

There were two golds for Leander at the Tollcross Pool in Glasgow.

James Hart continued his good meet by picking up another title, this time in the 15-year-old boys’ 200m freestyle with a time of 1:56.78. Hart also claimed a silver medal in the 50m butterfly with a 25.92 second swim.

Leander’s 14-16-year-old girls’ 4x100m medley relay quartet of Honey Osrin, Lana Broekhaven, Oriana Noel and Ella Bardgett were also victorious on Sunday evening in Scotland. They won by more than three seconds, with Mount Kelly’s quartet of Bella Hodges, Imogen Lambert, Caitlyn Fry and Scarlett Orchard taking bronze.

Mount Kelly’s senior women’s medley team of Athena Clayson, Niamh Robinson, Emily Haimes and Macy Lawrence also won a relay bronze medal.

There was an individual silver medal for Leander’s Hubert Gdaniec in the 15-year-old boys’ 200m backstroke with a time of 2:06.73.

Mount Kelly’s Lambert and Sam Dailley both won bronze medals on the final day.

Lambert’s came in the 15-year-old girls’ 100m breaststroke with a 1:13.03 swim, while Dailley took bronze in the 17/18-year-old boys’ 50m butterfly with 25.16 seconds.

Leander’s Broekhoven, Sam Perks and Aimee Brownridge and Mount Kelly’s Haimes just missed out on individual medals with fourth-placed finishes on Sunday.

There were also individual finals for Leander’s Ethan Rayment, Lucia Grant, Ra’eez Warley and Reid Jones, as well Mount Kelly’s Ben Harrison, Fry and Max Cooper.

Now that the British Summer Swimming Championships have finished attentions will turn to the Swim England National Meet in Sheffield. That event starts on Wednesday at Ponds Forge and runs through to next Sunday.

The England National Meet is for the next ranked swimmers who were not invited to compete in events at the British Summer Championships.

Dartmoor Darts’ European Youth Olympic Festival silver medallist Cameron Williams is set to compete in Sheffield after returning from Baku. He will not be swimming in his specialist events as he qualified for the British Championships in them, but instead with compete in the 50m freestyle on Wednesday and 50m backstroke on Friday.

Williams, 15, made the podium in the 100m breaststroke and in mixed and men’s medley relay events for Great Britain in Azerbaijan.

His uncle and coach Matthew Henry said: “I’m super proud of my nephew and summer Cameron for what he has achieved. Racing the best in Europe and proving he is a main contender. Three silver medals at his first major championships is a massive achievement.

“The British record was the icing on the cake. It was very hard record to beat so we are all very pleased that he was able to beat it.”

Williams will be joined in Sheffield by his Darts team-mates Fritz Dietz, Hollie Steer, Matt Plumb and by coach Henry, who will swim the 50m butterfly. Plumb will also compete in that event, while Dietz will swim the 50m backstroke and Steer the 100m butterfly and 50m breaststroke.

Steer and Plumb also competed at the British Summer Championships, along with team-mates Shay Brent and Emily Morgan-Hughes.

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