The prestigious Yorkshire long course championships were held at Ponds Forge on the weekend of the 19th 20th of February and at the Leeds pool on the 26th 27th of February with Kingston pitting them against the best Yorkshire have to offer.

11 year old golden girl Shannon Mcgahey’s from the clubs age group 1 squad hard work is paying off, she was the stand out performer at the Yorkshire Championships managing to scoop an amazing 8 gold medals over the two weekends.

Shannon took gold in the 400m free with a 4 second improvement. In the 200m individual medley Shannon managed a 3 second personal best in the heat, she then knocked off another 3 seconds off her time to claim the silver medal. Shannon got a pb in the 100m back to come 6th in the final. Shannon took the gold in 200m back managing to knock 3 seconds off her time from heat to final. The 100 free was Shannon’s next event where the pb’s kept coming to secure her 4th gold medal .In the 200m free and 100m fly Shannon did it again knocking time off her new pb’s from the heat to the final to claim the gold medal in both events. The 400m I.M was heat declared winner where Shannon’s 8 second pb saw her claim her 7th gold medal. Shannon got a new pb in 200 fly in the heat, she then went on to knock a further 3 seconds off in the final to claim the gold medal. Shannon’s outstanding performance came in the 800m free where an outstanding 16-second personal best swim gained her the gold medal and to finish off a fabulous gala she gained her National qualifying time in this event. To cap all this Shannon has just received a letter from the Amateur swimming Association inviting her to train with the regions talented swimmers at a talent camp in Leeds over the next 2 weekends.

Other age group 1 swimmers included 10 year old Darcey Hambly who managed personal best swims in all five of her races she competed in the 200m back, 200m breast, 200m I.M and 200m free her standout performance came in the 400m free where she managed a huge 45 second pb to claim the silver medal swimming it in a time of 5.32.00.

10-year-old Jack Woodcock had qualifying times for 4 races. He managed to swim his way to pb’s in all his events he swam in the 200m I.M, 200m back, 200m free. Jack’s top performance also came in the 400m free where he managed to knock 15 seconds off a fairly new time to finish in 9th place.

11 year old Bailey Hairsine was on top form managing 3 top finishes and top 10 places in his other 4 events. Bailey came 9th in the heat in the 200m I.M knocking 4 seconds off his time in the final to claim 8th place swimming it in a time of 2.51.07. In the 200m free bailey finished in 5th place. In the 200m breast Bailey did it again going into the final in 8th place but finished in 7th. Bailey finished 6th in the 200m back again managing to knock time off from heat to final. Bailey claimed the bronze medal in the 400m free in a time of 5.04.32 and took the bronze medal in the 400I.M in a time of 5.58.68. Baileys best placing came in the 200m fly where he moved from 3rd in the heats to the silver medal position by knocking a fantastic 8 seconds off from his heat to the final.

Daniel Stone who only recently turned 12 had managed 7 qualifying times he took part in the 100m free, 100m fly, 200m I.M, 400 free and 200m free. Daniel just missed out on the 200m back final placing 11th overall. Daniels top performance came in the 100m back where a new pb claimed him the 8th place pedant.

12-year-old Emily Bailey managed a gain 5 top ten finishes over the course of the galas. Emily swam the 800m free in a time of 10.44.70 just missing a top ten place finishing in 11th. Emily came 9th overall in her age group in the 200m I.M and 100m back. Emily finished 10th in the 100m fly. In the 200m back Emily went from 9th in the heat to 8th in the final. Emily’s top finish came in the 400m I.M where she was placed 6th in a time of 5.53.40.

13 year old Will Maddrell had achieved 9 qualifying times over the course of the 2 weekends, he managed 7 pb’s, Will just missed out on top ten finishes in 200mI.M and 200m free where he placed 12th in both events. Will managed to swim his way to 2 finals the first in the 100m fly where he got a new pb to finish 8th overall. Will’s best swim came in the 200m breast where he got a great pb in the heat he then went on to knock a further 5 seconds off in the final to move from 9th place to 5th overall.

Age group two swimmer Aleah Ross age 10 managed a 5 second pb in the 200m freestyle with a time of 2:57.26 which gained her a 5th place finish.


The clubs National and Regional squads had a number of swimmers on show. 14 year old Oche Igoche was in outstanding form, Oche managed to make 3 finals in the 200m freestyle and the 100 back finals with his highlight been the 100m freestyle where he was crowned 14 year old Yorkshire champion in a time of 57.33. 17 year old Andrew Burns had 6 swims at the championships and making finals in all swims with the highlight been a silver in the 200m fly and bronze in the 100 fly.

15 year old Alex Cook and Cameron Hulme both made 2 finals, Cameron finished 8th in 200 fly and 200 im events, Alex’s best finish was in the 200m breaststroke event where he finished 5th. Other boys to make finals where 18 year old Tom Clark who finished 7th in the 100m breaststroke.

Brothers Aaron and Jan Tomasz both qualified for finals, Aaron was placed 5th in the 200 fly and 200bk and 5th again in the heat declared 400fc event.

Jan competing in the 200 fc, 200bk, 200 Br and 100br, Qualified for the finals in his speciality the breaststroke taking a 4th place in the 100 and 5th in the 200. James Rodmell improved his 100m freestyle time for the second week in successions in a time of 58.12 and was reserve for the final. 13 year old Swim 21 swimmer Will Dennis swimming for Bridlington made 4 finals from 7 swim.

The girls from the National squad also did well 14 year olds Amy Felgate and Roisin Kelly have both qualified to swim in the National Championships later in the year. Amy qualified in the 100 butterfly (1.06.82) and the 200m-butterfly event in a time of 2.27.85. Roisin qualified in the 100m backstroke (1.08.78) and the 200 backstroke (2.26.71). The girls managed an impressive 10 final appearances between them.

13-year-old girls Amy Beadle and Dervla Curren had a busy couple of weeks with 15 swims between them. The girls improved their times in all swims Amy made 5 finals from her 7 swims, Dervla went one better making 7 final appearances from her 8 swims.

Swimming at the Yorkshire events for their home club Bridlington, but who train with Kingston under the clubs swim 21 link initiative which allows swimmers from other clubs to link in and train with Hull swimmers where 11 year olds Tom King and Yasmin Brown and 13 year old Will Dennis.

Tom had an amazing competition having only just gained his licensed qualifying times in January he managed to gain pb’s in 6 of his events. Tom got a pb in the 200m fly to come in just outside the top ten placing 12th. In the 200m free he managed a 6 second pb to place 7th overall. In the 200m breast Tom got a 8 second pb he then went on to knock a further 2 seconds off in the final to come 5th in a time of 3.25.77. The 200m fly event saw Tom get an amazing 14 second pb to come just outside the medals in 4th place. Toms outstanding swim came in the 200m IM where he knocked 8 seconds off in the heat, he then went on to knock another 2 seconds off to gain a national qualifying time of 2.42.94 and to top off his achievement he also claimed the gold medal.

Having only turned 11, two months ago Yasmin had still managed to gain 7 qualifying time, She swam her way to two top ten finishes and put in great swims in her other events, In the 200m free, 200 I.M and 200m back she finished in a very respectable 13th place. The 100m back saw Yasmin finish in 12th in a time of 1.22.79. Yasmin’s top ten finishes came in the 400m free where she finished 8th and in the 100 free she was 8th after the heats but knocked another second off her time to have her top finish of the competition placing 6th overall.

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