Ilkeston Swimming Club dominant at Derbyshire County Sprints

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Ilkeston Swimming Cub Ilkeston put in a dominant display at the Derbyshire County Sprints at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Twenty-eight swimmers made the journey to the International sports venue as they dominated in the pool to bring home a total of 25 county medals.

In total there were eight county champion gold medals, eight Silver medals and nine Bronze medals.

There were 48 top six finishes recorded and 66 personal best times.

The swimmers involved were Abigail Sloan, Keely Woodhead, Alex King, Lydia Marshall, Kyle Hudson, Daniel Sloan, William Foster, Cameron Halliday, Robyn Beecham, Leah Woodhead, Dalton Smith, Lauren Booth, Emily Middleton, Charlie Palmer, Sophie King, Elsie Vivian, Jayne Stallion, Beth Hughes and Rob Hudson. First time county sprints debuts came from; Natasha Barker, Leah Burgin-Rawson, Ellis Haddon, Lewis Brown, James Wright, Keira Banks, Lewis Wright, William Wright and Samantha Stafford.

Head coaches, Rob Hudson and Andy Hickingbotham said: “This year we have seen an increase of 33 per cent in terms of attendance to the county sprints, which is a great accomplishment.

“Swimmers entered a range of events and distances showing good versatility. What made it even more remarkable was swimmers as young as 12 were racing in the open category for 100m+ events, performing some season best times and finishing in respectable positions.”

In addition, two team members, recorded their first Midland qualification time.

Charlie Palmer and Daniel Sloan have qualified in the 100m Freestyle and 50m Freestyle respectively.

Senior Head Coach, Rob Hudson said: “cCongratulations to Charlie and Dan. Its a fantastic achievement and they are the club’s first Midland qualifiers of the season.”

If you would like to find out more about Team Ilkeston, visit www.ilkestonswimmingclub.co.uk