Medals galore for Preston youngsters

Preston Swimming Club youngsters who took part in the North West Regional Age Group and Youth Swimming Championships
Preston Swimming Club youngsters who took part in the North West Regional Age Group and Youth Swimming Championships
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Preston Swimming Club took 11 girls and 14 boys to this years North West Regional Age Group and Youth swimming Championships which took place in Manchester and Liverpool over the course of two weekends.

Swimmers from more than 100 clubs from all over the North West took part.

Thirteen-year-old Kenan Yeung was in superb form as he powered his way to two gold medals in both the 100 and 200m breaststroke events, setting a new age group record in the 200m breaststroke.

He also reached the finals in the 200m and 400m individual medley, picking up two further medals.

Preston’s other gold medal was won by 12-year-old Billy Dewhurst in the 200m backstroke.

To complete a satisfying championship, Dewhurst sailed through 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly heats and reached the finals.

Twelve-year-old Nathan Smith collected two medals, finishing in second and third place in the 100m and 200m breaststroke events, respectively.

Emily Lawrence, aged 13, also had a good couple of weekends and picked up Preston’s final medal, gaining third place in the 100m breaststroke event.

She also made three further finals, the 200 breaststroke, 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley, finishing in sixth, seventh and eighth place, respectively.

Alice Fox, aged 12 – making her debut at this level – reached three finals, gaining two fifth positions with two huge personal best times and finished a respectable seventh position in the 200 freestyle event, again with a personal best time.

Thirteen-year-olds James Parker and Ellie Cameron, and 12-year-olds Jack Howard, Rachael Thompson and Elizabeth Wafer all made it to a final in their respected events, with Howard highest placed in fourth, with a great personal best in the 200m breaststroke event.

Sean McGinty and Emma Fox, both 14, reached the 
finals in their preferred strokes. 

McGinty touched home in fourth place in the 100m freestyle and Fox picked up sixth place in the 100m backstroke event. 

The final two Preston swimmers to gain a place in a final were 13-year-olds George Robinson and Johnny Rowland.

Other Preston swimmers who gained qualifying times to compete in these age group championships were 11-year-old Daniel Holmes, Preston’s youngest member of the group, 12-year-olds Emily Hughes and Ruby Frankland, 13-year-old Elissa Gornall, and Gabrielle McSorley and Jamie Warriner, both aged 
14.

A handful of youth swimmers participated in the NW regional youth championships. 

Fifteen-year-olds Rebecca Thompson and Matthew Monks swam in some individual events and Preston entered a men’s freestyle and medley relay team, which included Andrew Davison, Robert Hamer, Tom Clifton – all aged 15 – and Sean McGinty.

Chief coach Steve Heaps said: “I can’t praise the efforts of the young athletes too highly, with most swimmers gaining some personal bests following weeks of hard training leading up to these annual championships.”