For the fifth consecutive year, swimmers aged 9-12 years from Louth Swimming Club have won the Lincolnshire League final, securing them a place in the Northern Regional Final.
Report by Caroline Scott
Having triumphed over local teams including Lincoln Vulcans, Lincoln Trident, CADS, Scunthorpe and Grantham, on Sunday 6 October a jubilant coach full of supporters and swimmers made their way to John Charles Leisure Centre in Leeds to compete in the final against clubs from Leeds, Stockport Metro, Southport, Leamington Spa and Newcastle.
All of Louth swimmers swam amazingly well, with great swims from Louth newcomer, 11 year old, Evie Dickinson who came second in her age group and third in the 12 year age group, in 50 meters backstroke. Ten-year-old Helena Field came third in the individual 50 meters front crawl & breaststroke. Harry Milne (11) also gained third place in his 50-meter front crawl and first timer in this team event, Sophie Cooksey (9) also achieved third in her 50 backstroke.
There was also success for the girls 9-year-old front crawl 4×25 relay team and the 11-year-old 4×25 medley relay team (backstroke/breaststroke/butterfly & front crawl) who both gained epic third places in their respective races. Louth swimmers also gained a very respectable fourth place in a further eight races.
The final results on the day saw Louth in 6th place with 101 points, Newcastle 5th place (153 points), Southport 4th (158 points), Stockport Metro 3rd (167 points), Leamington Spa 2nd (175 points) and the winners were Leeds with 273 points. The top four teams will now go forward to the national final.
All of the swimmers & supporters thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Leeds, with supporters being in fine voice & enthusiastically cheering on the young Louth swimmers. Team Manager, Charlotte Elliott-Wright remarked on a fantastic team of swimmers, and that the Club are incredibly proud of them and this major achievement in the swimming year against Clubs from cities such as Leeds & Newcastle.