Magnificent Marlins at COPS Last Chance Regionals
23-04-2018 21:58 by Mark McGowen
A full weekend of swimming realised a staggering 75 personal best times, 7 gold, 13 silver and 12 bronze medals alongside a breath taking 10 new Regional qualifying times bringing the total to 30 for the March Marlins!
The first session at the Last Chance Regional competition in Peterborough started with a bang as Joel Jordan scooped a bronze in the 400m freestyle followed by Reece Simpson bagging a gold medal with his personal best Regional time in the 200m breaststroke. The girls continued the successful streak with Rebecca Jordan smashing her time in the 200m breaststroke by 45 seconds then Kiera Simpson doing the same and improving her time by 3 seconds. Jordan went on to take home a bronze in the 400m IM. Chloe Cook joined Reece with a second Regional qualifying time in the 200m breaststroke accompanying her gold medal.
Next day at the event provided more nail biting races resulting in another Regional time and personal best for Simpson in the 100m freestyle, Chloe Cook in the 100m breaststroke and another for Tom Hanley also in the 100m breaststroke. This event also saw a personal best and a gold for Luke Ruggles and Reece Simpson. Other swimmers gaining a personal best in these breaststroke races were Harry Rayner, Thea Hanley, Saule Majauskis and Riley Astley. Astley and Anastassja Herdien both gained a bronze and silver respectively in the 200m backstroke. First, second and third positions were claimed by Reece Simpson, Tom Hanley and Harry Rayner in the 50m butterfly with Riley and Theo Liversedge taking personal best times.
The final day of the competition saw 3 new Regional times for Tom Hanley in the 200m IM, 200m freestyle and 50m freestyle with Reece Simpson adding 2 more qualifying times to his total. 3 more golds, 7 silvers and 7 bronzes topped up the Marlins medal haul.
A special mention to Kiera Simpson who achieved a 100% personal best rate in her races. Also swimming were Hannah Jordan, Daniel Riches, Una Ansome, Lucy McClure, Luis Souto Hill, Hayden Courten, Jeremy Courten, Rosetta Schauenburg Kent, Molly McGowen, Ciara Mason and Ashleigh Mason.
The same weekend also saw Dannii Rayner competing in Eindhoven. Rayner gained a personal best in her 50m backstroke which led her to race in the B final. Dannii finished 4th with a phenomenal personal best time.
Photos; Regional Qualifiers Chloe Cook, Tom Hanley and Reece Simpson.
Team photo from the Last Chance Regional competition in Peterborough.