Preston Swimming Club brought back an impressive five medals from the British Gas Amateur Swimming Association age and youth nationals in Sheffield and lots of new personal best times.
In the age group competition, Kenan Yeung started the ball rolling earning a bronze medal for the 100m breaststroke in the boys’ 13-year age category.
In the 200m breaststroke, he again finished in bronze medal position, beaten by a British record.
Nathan Smith had exceptional championships in his first outing at national level as he made finals in both the 100 and 200m breaststroke finishing in seventh place in both events.
Emily Lawrence also made the final in the 100m breaststroke finishing in eighth position in a new personal best time.
Johnny Rowland was another who was making his national debut at Sheffield and scored great success knocking 1.4secs off his 100m freestyle personal best finishing in 13th place in the 13-year age group in a time of 57.94.
In the youth competition, Becky Swales (17/18-year) was just eased out of the medals in the 100 and 200m breaststroke coming fourth in a strong field.
In 15/16-year age group, Kathryn Greenslade won a silver in the 200 freestyle in a thrilling finish which saw four girls battling it out for medals and only four hundredths of a second splitting 2nd and 4th place.
Greenslade then went one better to become 400 freestyle national champion, taking gold with an extraordinary race where she led from the first stroke and took four seconds off her previous personal best time, set in the heats that morning. Her winning time was 4.18.20.
Rob Hamer also put in impressive performances in the 100 and 200 fly, coming 15th in the 100m butterfly and 7th in the 200m butterfly.
Rebecca Thompson also took part in the 50m backstroke and Andrew Davison in the 400m and 200m individual medley and 100m breaststroke, gaining good experience of a top level competition.
Jamie Warriner (aged 15), completed the medal haul with a bronze in the mens open multi-classification 100m breaststroke in the SB9 category.
He also came eighth in the 100m butterfly in the S10 category. He was competing against people in their twenties, so it was a superb achievement.
Retiring head coach Steve Heaps said: “Over the past five years the teaching and coaching staff have worked incredibly hard in ensuring we are still producing swimmers to national and international standard.
“Our swimmers’ performances this season have again been impressive and this can only happen when the whole team works together.”
Andy Scanlon, head of performance swimming: “What a fantastic way to finish off my career as a swimming coach – a gold medal in the last swim of the meet.”
Preston finished 23rd out of 60 ranked scoring clubs in the youths.
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