Nationals Report

Brad Storms to Double Gold for Vulcans at British Youth Champs
Bradden Westlake, 16, finished off his season in champion style at the British Youth Champs in Sheffield Ponds Forge last week. Having qualified for 7 events, he swam in 5; 100 and 200m Backstroke; 200 Freestyle and 200 and 400m Individual Medley.

He came 5th in the 200m Freestyle; 4th in the 200 IM but he secured Gold Medals in the Boys’ 100m and 200m backstroke. As well as swimming personal best times, he achieved 2 new club records and 3 new county records in the 100 and 200m backstroke and 200m freestyle. This was on top of his recently gained 100m freestyle record which Paul Palmer previously held, posting a time of 52:06 seconds.

Ollie Bitowt gained two top 10 finishes in his age group; 9th in 400m Freestyle having made the final and 8th in 1500m Freestyle in a personal best time of 16:05:94. Lauren Freeman achieved 12th place in 800m freestyle in 9:14:99 and Charlotte McRae was just off her best for the year in the 200m Butterfly.

Brad’s sister, Maya, also had a great week. She swam in 5 events and a relay making 4 semi-finals and 1 final where she just missed out on the bronze medal in the 15/16 year old 200m freestyle final with an outstanding 2:02:44 - achieving the highest place for a 15-year old girl. A total of 8 personal best times, 2 club records (1 formerly held by Olympian Lizzie Simmonds) and 2 county records.

Fred Furniss, Head Coach at Lincoln Vulcans, was pleased with such a positive showing. “Seeing our swimmers win their places in finals and gold medal is a very satisfying end to the season.”

The following week Fred was back at Ponds Forge with some of the younger members of the National squad at the British National Age Group Championships where Tara Haworth and Abigail Burr swam an impressive 4 events each (with Abi making the final of the 200 Freestyle). The girls were joined by Henry Cawte who competed in the 1500 Freestyle and Gabrielle Vickers, Lucy Porter and Loveday Beresford who joined them for the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 Freestyle relays.

All in all an impressive showing at the National Championships!