CARLISLE AQUATICS SWIMMERS MAKING WAVES AT REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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CARLISLE AQUATICS SWIMMERS MAKING WAVES AT REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Over the course of the last month, Carlisle Aquatics swimmers have been competing in the North West Regional Championships which were held at both Liverpool and Manchester.

The Regional Championships take place annually and bring together the best swimmers from the largest geographical region of the UK, many of the swimmers competing will go forward to compete in the British, English, Scottish and Welsh Nationals later this year (depending on the swimmers age).

This year Carlisle Aquatics had its largest ever group of swimmers taking part, even just qualifying for this competition is no mean feat and comes as a result of up to 16 hours in the pool each week including a training camp over February half term in Fuerteventura.

Two of the clubs swimmers managed to achieve 7 gold medals between them.

 Joel Sinclair, age 14 picked up a total of 4 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal. Due to his high national rankings for many of these events Joel has now been invited to complete in 7 events in the British Championships in August and will also attend the Scottish Summer Championships for many other events.

Twelve year old Jack Smith picked up a total of 3 gold medals (all three breast-strokes) and 3 silver medals, although all of his times rank Jack in the top 5 nationally, he is too young to compete at any of the National events this year.

Louisa Sinclair, age 16 will join her brother at the British Championships following a silver medal in the 200m breast-stroke, her time and national ranking earns her the right to swim, Louisa will also compete in the Scottish Summer Championships.

Jess Prokas won a bronze medal in the 11/12 year old 100m breast-stroke (Jess swimming as an 11 year against many 12 year olds), with 13 year old Sophie Huggon also winning bronze in the 13 year old 100 breast-stroke and finally Jake Fabi won a silver medal in the 17 year and over 200m Butterfly.

Although these were the highlights, these medal winners were supported by the following swimmers Naomi Ward, Sophie Milburn, Elliott Sinclair, Mathew Whitehead, Zara McKnight, Dan Tait & Theo Tindall (Theo also achieving a time and ranking which means he will compete in the English National Summer Championships).

Anyone interested in training and competing with Carlisle Aquatics, please find more information on their website www.carlisleaquatics.co.uk or their Facebook page, alternatively they can be found training every evening and Sunday afternoon at The Pools, James Street, Carlisle.