Marlin youngsters take their chance to shine in four-towns event

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MARLIN youngsters took part in round one of the four-towns competition at Leek Leisure Centre last Saturday.

The club finished third with 99 points. Leek were second with 123 and Ashbourne top with 123.

This competition gave chance for some of the younger swimmers to take part and there were some very good efforts from Luke Gidley, who continued even when his goggles came off during his swim.

There were some strong swims from Tamsin McGraw, Ellie Baker, Pheobe Booth, Hannah Whittaker, Josh Corne, Dani Hollingsworth, Adam Brett, Georgina Elder, Edward Pickering, Holly Phelan, Amy Nield, Joe McCluskey.

There were well-deserved first places for Joshua Horobin with a time of 48.60 in the boys 12yrs and under 50m breaststroke; Hannah Kingdon for the girls open 50m butterfly in 33.24; Dan Breeze in the boys 14 years and under 50m breaststroke in 41.91, Elliott Stubbs for the boys 12 years and under 50m Butterfly in 40.60; Amy Hewitt for the girls Open 50m backstroke in 37.28; Matt Mcluskey for the boys open 50m breastroke in 38.12 and Natalie Brett for the girls open 50m breaststroke in 42.91.

There were also strong first places for relay swims for Callum Bradley, Dani Hollingsworth, Amy Nield and Dan Breeze in the mixed 14-years and under 4x25m freestyle relay in 1.02.72, for Kiran Sanghera, Casper Raynard, Katie Dymond, Ryan Horobin in the mixed 9 yrs 4x25m Freestyle relay in 1.32.97. First also for Callum Bradley, Phoebe Booth, Joe McCluskey, Amy Nield in the mixed 14 yrs and under 4x25m medley relay and Kiran Sanghera, Casper Raynard, Katie Dymond, Ryan Horobin for the mixed 9yrs 4x25m breaststroke relay in 2.02.43.

There were speeding tickets for Jethro McGraw in the boys 14 years and under 50m backstroke event (36.35) and the boys 14 years and under 50m freestyle (31.40) and for Tia Millington in the girls 12 years and under 50m backstroke (41.31) - both broke speeding records with their super swims!

l Marlin send congratulations to Leah Hollingsworth who has been selected for full-time training with the county’s elite swim squad, Derventio eXcel.

Leah, 14, is an exceptionally dedicated and passionate swimmer and has been chosen for their development programme although she will still swim for Marlin when she can.

She now faces a busy training schedule of lots of early mornings for her and her family.