East Regional Championships
15-05-2019 21:20 by Mark McGowen
The East Regional Long Course Championships for 15 years and over was held in Luton over the May Bank Holiday weekend and saw 5 of our top swimmers compete.
Having worked incredibly hard over the year to gain their Regional qualification times, these teens took part in this hotly anticipated event.
Sam Smith, who qualified for 7 races, came away with 6 long course PBs including 31.07 seconds for his 50m backstroke and a speedy 59.92 seconds for the 100m freestyle. Smith currently ranks 12th in his age group for the Region in the 50m and 200m backstroke events.
Luke Ruggles qualified for 3 events and came away with long course best times in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke swimming a fast 34.07 seconds in the former race. Ruggles currently ranks 11th in his age group for the 200m breaststroke in the East region.
Tom Hanley also qualified for 3 events and succeeded in claiming 3 long course personal best times. Hanley currently ranks 12th in his age group for the 50m breaststroke in the Region.
Chloe Cook finished with a PB in the 100m breaststroke and swam arguably one of the toughest events, the 200m butterfly. Cook currently ranks 17th in her age group for the 200m butterfly.
Finally Jacob Cowin qualified for both the 50m and 100m backstroke races, claiming PBs for both. Cowin currently ranks 15th in his age group for the 100m backstroke.
The Regional weekend is a pivotal moment for these hardworking swimmers and bonds them with their achievements. A huge thank you to Jason Cook who supported the Marlins poolside.