Teen Eddy backstrokes all the way to the top
Talented swimmer becomes number one for age group >> www.getbucks.co.uk/sport
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.”