Krissy takes county title for the fourth time

Krissy Tomlinson
Krissy Tomlinson

Ilkeston swimmer Krissy Tomlinson has been crowned county champion in her age group for the fourth year running.

The 12-year-old was in blistering form over two weekends of the British Gas Derbyshire ASA County Championships held at the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock, winning medals galore to add to her already vast collection.

Krissy, who also swims for Long Eaton Swimming Club and the county’s elite Derventio ExCel squad, started her campaign on the first weekend with golds in the 200m back, 50m free, 800 free, 400m IM and 100m freestyle, with silvers in the 100m breast and 50m fly.

Having got things off to a tremendous start, the youngster followed that up on teh second weekend with further gold medals in the 200m free, 100m fly, 100m back, 200m IM, 400m free and 100m IM, with silver medals coming in the 200m breast and the 200m fly - meaning a total of 11 gold medals and five silver.

And with 15 personal best times too, the title was hers for the fourth time - a rare feat in itself.

Dad Richard said: “Krissy now has 12 Midland Championship times and is getting closer to a national time.

“She trains 20 hours a week with the Derventio ExCel team and combines her swimming with school.

“She is dedicated to her sport and shows what can be achieved at a high level of competition with hard training.”

Krissy will now look forward to the county relays to be held in Derby this weekend, this time as a team member with Long Eaton Swimming Club.

Krissy is currently looking for sponsorship to help her with some of the costs involved with competing at such a high standard, including travel and equipment.

Anybody interested in assisting Krissy in any way can call her dad Richard on 07853 215628 to find out more.

l Long Eaton Swimming Club had several other members in action at the county championships.

Kevin Wallbank, 16, broke three county records, including in the 200m fly which had stood for 21 years.

He won the both the Derby Swimming Club Cup and the Graham Hardwick Millennium Junior Cup, as well as the Martin Benny Cup and the Martin Bartrim Memorial Trophy for his swim in the 100 m fly.

As well as Krissy Tomlinson’s success, 11-year-old Katie Sloan and 12-year-old Matthew Cross were rewarded with the British Age Group Awards overall wins.

Katie won 11 gold medals and two silvers, while for Matthew it was nine gold, three silver and a bronze.

Other gold medal winners were 12-year-old Matthew Cartwright, 13-year-olds Elle Pryce (4) and Francesca Muir Harris, 15-year-olds Hannah Jones, Hannah Dowell and Josephine Parker, 16-year-old Tyler-Anne Black (3) and Ryan Cendrowski.

In the 17/19 age group there were gold medals for Jessica Cross (5) and Hannah Cox (2) and in the 20 and over age group it was gold for Helen Gorman, Callum Henley (2) and Steven Barratt.

These gold medals winners added to their tally of medals with more silver and bronzes along with 11-year-old Joshua Bestwick (3), 12-yea- old EstherHalford (2), and 15-year-olds Oliver Davidson, Ben Saunders and Rebecca Smithurst.

Hannah Jones chose to swim the 800 m freestyle in her favourite stroke, butterfly, and treated the spectators to a fine demonstration of technique and stamina, holding her stroke throughout the whole distance and taking the bronze medal in an event where every other competitor swam front crawl.

Kevin, Hannah and Francesca rested for the second weekend of the Championships in preparation the first British Gas International Meet at Leeds, where they all acquitted themselves well.

Kevin made the junior finals of the 100 and 200 metre butterfly and 100 m breaststroke, with Hannah making the final of the 200m butterfly.