Barracudas trio star in national championships

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TOP PLACE: Amelie Elliott with her gold medal and coach Gillian Rankin
TOP PLACE: Amelie Elliott with her gold medal and coach Gillian Rankin

Three talented Leyland Barracudas swimmers made a splash at the biggest domestic swimming event of the year, bringing home two gold medals and a silver.

Amelie Elliott, Tom Arkwright and Hannah Morris did the club proud swimming four personal bests (PBs) coming up against the best in their age groups from across the country at the National Summer Meet at the impressive Ponds Forge pool in Sheffield.

Amelie struck gold in the 200m backstroke (16-year-old age group), Hannah took first place in the 100m backstroke, silver in the 50m backstroke and seventh in the 50m butterfly (15-year-old age group), while Tom narrowly missed out on a PB and a place in the final in the 50m backstroke (17-year-old age group).

Club chairman, Jon Ward, said: “It’s been fantastic to see these three swimmers develop and they are an inspiration to everyone else at the club.

“To be selected for the championships is an achievement in itself, but to compete in the way they all did, securing PBs, and bring home three medals is brilliant.

“It just goes to show what can be achieved with hard work, dedication and the support of the club and coaches who have done a brilliant job.”

The National Summer Meet is Swim England’s biggest competition of the year and will help produce the next generation of athletes competing in events such as the Commonwealth Games, which many people have enjoyed over the last few weeks.

The event forms part of a swimming competition structure in Great Britain whereby the top-ranked swimmers are invited to compete at the British Swimming Summer Championships.

The next ranked swimmers at Swim England affiliated clubs – or those who have chosen to be ranked as an English swimmer – are invited to compete at the Nationals.

The rankings are on swimmers’ performances at level one meets between a qualification window, typically between March and May of the same calendar year.

Having representation from Leyland Barracudas is a big achievement for the club and a great way to end the 2021/22 season.

Chief coach, Gillian Rankin, who was in Sheffield to cheer on the swimmers, said she was so proud of what everyone had achieved.

She added: “It’s always nerve-wracking watching the finals because you know how much hard work everyone has put in and you want it to all come together on the day.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the achievements of Amelie, Tom and Hannah and for them to break their PBs or come close to them is brilliant and the experience will put them in good stead for the future.

“It’s another proud moment for the club and is a nice way to round off the season.”