Avalanche of Medals at Bradford

It was an away weekend for Rotherham Metro swimmers who competed at the City Of Bradford Swimming Club’s Winter Meet last weekend held at Shipley Leisure Centre.

Rotherham yet again fielded a strong squad of swimmers from age 9 to 44. This festive themed gala always manages to blend the fun side of swimming with the more serious competitive element having many swimmers chasing Yorkshire and North Eastern qualifying times for next year in races ranging from 50m sprints to more gruelling 400m freestyle and individual medley events.

Rotherham’s superb Cannon team brought home the money where eight swimmers were selected to compete in the only team event of the weekend and the only race offering prize money. Always a highlight of any gala weekend this race was no exception with the eight swimmers comprising Daniel Lyon-Smith, Ehren Beresford, Abigail Martin, Kenyon Kellett, Harri Thorman, Carys Neal, Kayley Britten and Jack Fox swimming one of the most exciting races seen at this event for many years. Rotherham fended off City of Leeds Swimming Club’s strong race by finishing 8 x 25m freestyle in a time of 1m55.25secs with Leeds less than one second behind posting a time of 1m56.17 secs.

The success in the Cannon set the scene for the weekend’s great performances. Medallists include Saoirse Behan (1B 1S), Ceri Thorman (1G 3S 1B), Holly Empson (1B 2S), Callum Simmons (4G  1B), Harri Thorman (6G 4S), Ehren Beresford (4G 1S 1B), Josh Turver (1G 1S 2B), Devin Kellett (8G), Carys Neal (1B), Isabelle Bailey (1S), Owen Mason (3G 1S 1B), Kenyon Kellett (2G 2S 3B), Becky Britten (7G 2S), Kayley Britten (4G 4S), Jack Whitehurst (3B), Thomas Blank (1S), Ben Cliff (2S), Benjamin Gavelle (2S), Daniel Lyon-Smith (1G 2S) and Ty Burrell (1G).

Medals & PBs at NERs and Barnsley Sprints

The North East Region championships took place in Sunderland where Rotherham managed to field a team of 24 qualifying swimmers. Rotherham came away with one gold medal (Callum Simmons 100m Butterfly), one silver medal (Callum Simmons 200m Butterfly) and two bronze medals (Debbie Cocking 100m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke). Rotherham achieved 18 Top Ten individual positions and 26 personal best times. This is an improvement on last year’s performance of 2 medals and 17 Top Ten positions.
Swimmers also took part this weekend in the 19th annual long course Borough of Barnsley Christmas Sprints held at Ponds Forge. Medals were won by Lucy Ellis (9yrs 1B, 1G), Grace James (10yrs 1B), William Scaife (10yrs 2S 1B), Jack Steele (12yrs 2G 1S), Antonio Mars (11yrs 2B), Daniel Hutson (9yrs 1S 2B), Charlotte Tingle (9yrs 2S), Grace James (10yrs 1G), Bailey Cook (9yrs 1G 1S 1B), Kitty Bramhall (10yrs 1G), Abigail Martin (12yrs 3B), Kate Hartle (11yrs 1B) and Natalia Rhodes (10yrs 1G 1B). Well done to all swimmers who took part.