Teen Eddy back­strokes all the way to the top

Tal­ented swim­mer be­comes num­ber one for age group >> www.get­bucks.co.uk/sport

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

TAL­ENTED teen James Eddy has be­come the num­ber one ranked boys 100m back­stroke swim­mer in the UK for the 15 years age group.

The Wy­combe & Dis­trict Swim­ming Club young­ster rose from 19th to sixth in the 15/16 years com­pe­ti­tion at the Bri­tish Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships, held at the Olympic Pool, in Stratford, which was good enough for first place in his age group.

With the rank­ings based on the swim­mers’ age at the end of the cal­en­dar year, Eddy has in fact topped the 15 years age group rank­ings while still only 14.

He also swam a per­sonal best (PB) time of 59 min­utes 60 sec­onds in the heats, which was just 0.92m out­side a new 14 years UK age group record, and qual­i­fied for the Euro­pean Youth Olympic Fes­ti­val to boot.

Eddy was one of four Wy­combe swim­mers com­pet­ing at Stratford, with 13-year-old Mil­lie San­some also shin­ing in the back­stroke and reach­ing num­ber five in the 13 years age group rank­ings for the girls 200m event.

This came cour­tesy of a time of 1:07.00 in the 13/14 years fi­nal, be­fore which she had risen from 24th to eighth in the cat­e­gory rank­ings. She also smashed her

(Above) James Eddy (left) and coach Kevin Brooks; (right) Luke Thomas and Mil­lie San­some also ap­peared at the Cham­pi­onships PB in both the 100m and 200m back­stroke.

Club cap­tain Luke Thomas, 18, was be­low par in the 1500m freestyle, but made up for it with an out­stand­ing ef­fort in the 400 in­di­vid­ual med­ley, where he fol­lowed a PB of 4:34 mins in the heats with an­other of 4:32 in the fi­nal to come fifth over­all and third in his age group.

Fi­nally, Ethan Carter, 15, com­peted in the 50m freestyle and swam a PB time of 25.3 secs in the heats, com­ing 28th in his 15/16 years age group.

The re­main­ing per­for­mance squad swim­mers com­peted at the Guild­ford Level One Open meet, where Wy­combe fin­ished as top club, and the Craw­ley Spring meet.

There were some out­stand­ing swim, with new PBs for James Bax­ter, 16, in the 100m and 200m fly; Ni­cole Ryan, 16, in the 100m back­stroke and 400m free; So­phie Millen and Rachel Cox, both 15 in the 200m freestyle; and Ben Goldfinch, 16, in the 400m free.

There were fur­ther PBs for Yusuke Le­gard, 18, and Made­line Turner, 14, in the 200m free; Oliver Ross, 15, and Timur Gu­lyiyen, 14, in the 200m breast­stroke; Kate Lees, 16, in the 200m fly; Cameron Brooker, 13, in the 200m back­stroke; Tom San­some, 12, in the 200m free; and Ge­orge Sim­mons, 16, in the 100m.

Head coach Kevin Brooks said: “All the swim­mers truly stepped up and per­formed. It’s re­ward­ing to see this type of im­prove­ment af­ter the months of hard work they’ve all been go­ing through.

“Swim­ming is a tough sport, for some­times lit­tle im­prove­ment, but it just shows that if you work hard, com­mit to your ses­sions and im­prove on skills, you can per­form and reach the next level.”


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