Vulcans' new faces make an immediate impact

Fred Furniss, Head Coach at Lincoln Vulcans Swimming Club, was delighted with his squad's performance at the recent Regional Championships that took place in Coventry.

Newcomers to the Midlands, Jordan Strathon, made his first final in the men’s 200m backstroke as did Amber Sheldon who marked her first Midlands' Champs with Vulcans by winning a place in the final of the women’s 50m backstroke.

Another excellent performance came from Lauren Freeman. The 17-year-old from Lincoln won gold in the 400m freestyle final and won a bronze in the women’s 200m final. Another 18-year-old Sean Westerman delivered some excellent performance achieving silver in the men’s 400 IM and Bronze in men’s 200m IM final.

Bradden Westlake took his Olympic Trials form into the event by winning a handful of medals. He took gold in the men’s 200 IM final, the 100m backstroke and the 50m backstroke, silver in the 200m backstroke and bronze in the 200 IM freestyle. His sister Maya Westlake was not to be left out either, winning bronze in the women’s 200m freestyle final, 100m backstroke and in 100m free.

Other notable medal winning performances came from Oliver Bitowt, who won silver in 400m freestyle, Charlotte McRae winning silver in the 200m fly and Oliver Richmond winning bronze in 50m backstroke.

In total, Vulcans made over 30 finals and to Furniss this represents excellent progress.

"The squad is performing really well," said Furniss. "We are very hopeful that this excellent set of results will be matched by our younger swimmers at the age group championships later on in the season. This set of swimmers really put so much into their swimming and these results are just desserts for the hard work that they put in."