Molly blasts to two records for speed­ing COPS

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds -

THE sec­ond week­end of the Bri­tish Gas ASA East Re­gion Cham­pi­onships saw Molly Nor­man once again the top per­former for City of Peter­bor­ough Swim­ming Club (COPS).

The 13 year-old took the sil­ver medal in the 400m in­di­vid­ual medley and was fifth in the 200m back­stroke fi­nal. She was also 10th in the 100m back­stroke, 12th in the 200m breast­stroke and 12th in the 100m breast­stroke.

Nor­man’s re­sults over the two week­ends earned her sec­ond place in the BAG­CAT rank­ings – a per­for­mance mea­sure that awards points to each swim and ranks swim­mers ac­cord­ing to their over­all per­for­mance rather than just the to­tal num­ber of medals won.

Nor­man will be head­ing to the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships af­ter she set a club record in the 200m in­di­vid­ual medley as well as an­other in the 100m but­ter­fly.

Bethany Free­man (13) broke two club records and added to COPS medal tally by tak­ing the sil­ver medal ahead of Nor­man in the fi­nal of the 200m back­stroke. She was also fifth in the 100m back­stroke.

Swim­ming in her first cham­pi­onships was 10 year-old Rachel Wellings. She was sev­enth in the 200m back­stroke and eigth in both 200m and 100m breast­stroke events. Wellings also took 10th place in the 100m back­stroke.

For the boys the stand-out per­form­ers were once again 13 yearolds Joshua Aylett and Sa­muel Holmes. Both put in her­culean per­for­mances in the 1500m freestyle which saw Aylett set a 14sec­ond per­sonal best while Holmes knocked a mas­sive 22 sec­onds off his best.

Aylett was also in great form in the 800m, pip­ping Holmes to the sil­ver medal with a club record of 17.48.15. Both Aylett and Holmes have qual­i­fied for the Na­tional fi- nals in the 1500m freestyle.

Aylett just missed a sec­ond medal when fin­ish­ing fourth in the 400m freestyle while he just failed to make the 200m freestyle fi­nal when com­ing ninth in the 200m freestyle.

Holmes also took sil­ver in the 200m but­ter­fly, im­prov­ing his pre­vi­ous best by 10.33 sec­onds, and fin­ished fifth in both 400m freestyle and 200m in­di­vid­ual medley as well as sixth in the 100m but­ter­fly and 11th in the 200m freestyle.

Lee Clarke (11) once again showed his long dis­tance pedi­gree by win­ning the 1500m freestyle. He added to his medal tally by tak­ing third in the 200m freestyle and ap­peared in the fi­nals of the 400m freestyle and 200m but­ter­fly, fin­ish­ing in sixth in each. Clarke also com­peted in the 200m in­di­vid­ual medley in which he fin­ished 22nd.

Dan Brown (12) qual­i­fied for his first Na­tional Cham­pi­onships. He twice missed the na­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion time in the 200m freestyle by three tenths of a sec­ond when pla­ce­ing him sev­enth over­all. How­ever, head coach Ben Ne­gus gave him an­other chance to qual­ify by al­low­ing him to lead off the 800m freestyle re­lay team and he rose to the chal­lenge by hit­ting the qual­i­fi­ca­tion time for the na­tion­als ex­actly. Brown was also placed 12th in the 200m in­di­vid­ual medley.

FIRST CHAM­PI­ONSHIPS: Rachel Wellings.

THROUGH TO THE NA­TION­ALS: Dan Brown.

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