Kingston Upon Hull Swimming club sent a strong squad of swimmers to the Yorkshire 2010 winter Championship at Ponds Forge Sheffield recently. The championships that have strict qualifying standards are one of the season’s premier meets on the swimming calendar. The swimmers must have achieved set down qualifying times over a set period to be considered for entry into this meet. This meet gives the swimmers not only the chance to become a Yorkshire champion but also the opportunity to gain entry time into the North East Region Championships in Sunderland early in November.

Regional Development

The Regional Development squad had a small squad on show at the Yorkshire Championship due to a number of late withdrawals due to sickness and injury. Dale Booth (16) and James Rodmell (20) who both where returning from injury and a bout of flu both produced some strong swims. James who has been swimming for 13 years still continues to compete with the best swimming in the region, he swum a time of 57.10 in his 100m freestyle and also has managed to qualify for 3 events in the forthcoming North East Region Championships.

Dale and James where joined at the championship by Liam Webster who like Dale produced a number of strong swims. The youngest member of the squad was Emma Beadle ages 13 who like Dale and Liam swum to her entry times in the 10m freestyle and 200m im event.

Age 1 Squad

Last weekend the Yorkshires were held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. Once again the Kingston Upon Hull swimmers did not disappoint and there were lots of medals, top ten places and numerous personal best swims.

Aram Sharpe in the 12 years age group swum a time of 1:04sec in the 100m freestyle and an impressive 8 second personal best in the 200m IM, this being fantastic as it was only a couple of months ago that he had knocked a massive 9 seconds off his time in the same event. Joe Morris swam the 200 IM achieving a 6 second personal best and he also achieved 2 North East Regional Times.

The 12 year age group saw William Thompson got a 4 second personal best in the 100m back in a time of 1:16.62 and lowered his time in the 100 freestyle by 3 seconds to a time of 1:07.34. William Maddrell swam into 5th place in the 100m breaststroke 1:26.25 and 10th in the 200m IM 2:38.94 achieving a 4 second personal best.

Emily Bailey swam in the 12-year girls group and managed a bronze medal in her 100m backstroke 1:13.64 and 4th place for the 100m freestyle 1:06.96 swimming personal best for both of these events and also getting in the top 10 for her 200m IM event.

Not to disappoint the 11 years olds kept up the success. Daniel Stone won a fantastic gold medal in his backstroke in a time of 1:16.76 and swam the 200m IM in a time of 2:50.31. Bailey Hairsine came 5th in the 100m fly, he got a 2 second personal best in the 200 IM and a 5 second personal best in the 100m breaststroke. Nathan Greenwood achieved 5th place in the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:29.05 and 8th place in the 100m freestyle in a time of 1:10.93. Jack Riley who is one of the clubs newest members got a 7 second personal best in the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:29.06 and a 7 second improvement in the 200m IM in a time of 2:52.07.

The 11 year girl’s Shannon McGahey gained a fantastic silver medal in the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:42.67 with a 5 second personal best and she backed this up with a bronze place in the 100m freestyle and 100m fly, swimming 3 second personal best in both.

Hannah Willingham swum a 2.5 second personal best in her 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:34.46. Hannah Falkinder swum into 3 silver medals positions in her 100m freestyle, 100m fly and 100m backstroke achieving lifetime best swim in all events. She also swam into bronze medal position in the 200m IM in a time of 2:42.99.

It was the first time Leone Bull our youngest swimmer had been to the Yorkshires and she swam the 100m backstroke and achieved a creditable personal best time.

Age 2 Squad

Age group 2 squad where also represented at the 2010 Yorkshire Winters in Sheffield where Aleah Ross, Emily Syddall for the girls from the boys Lewis Collins, Mathew Dixon, Lewis Marsters and Matthew Longhorn all swam well.

Day 1 saw Aleah Ross achieved a top 10 placing in 50m free in a personal best time of 37:51sec. In the 50m Free boys Lewis Collins achieved a personal best of 2 seconds’ swimming in a time of 39:18sec while Matthew Dixon and Matthew Longhorn also produced great swims with Mathew Dixon achieving one personal best time.

In the girls 100m IM event Aleah Ross and Emily Syddall both achieved new lifetime bests Aleah achieved a time of 1:38.31 beating her previous best by 3 sec’s and Emily achieved a time of 1:41.47 beating her best by a fantastic 6 sec’s. Lewis Collins went in the boys 100m IM achieving a time of 1:43.83 whilst coming in 15th place. Aleah Ross went in the Girls 50m Breast and again achieved a personal best and just missing out on a top 10 place coming in 11th place.

The age group 2 boys started the second day at the Championships in the 50m backstroke were Lewis Marsters achieved a great personal best of 42:07 sec’s a 3 sec improvement and Lewis Collins came in 13th with a time of 44:79 sec’s a personal best by some 2 seconds.