Vulcans' girls in Steel City

GOING SWIMMINGLY: Chloe James (top left), Lucy Porter, Gabrielle Vickers (top right), Abi Burr (middle left), Tara Haworth, Sammy James (front).

SIX Lincoln Vulcan swimmers are aiming to make a splash at the National Age Group Championships, which start in Sheffield, today.
Individual swimmers Abigail Burr, 12 and Tara Haworth, 12, will be joined by relay swimmers Gabrielle Vickers, 13, Lucy Porter, 13, Sammy James, 13 and sister Chloe, 13.
They are the first group to make the journey north having achieved qualifying times to allow them to compete. Abi will compete in the 200m freestyle while Tara will race in the 200m butterfly – both events are being held on Saturday. The relay team will compete in both the girls' 4x200m and 4x100m freestyle which take place tomorrow and Saturday.
Age group coach Paul Lovell praised the girls for their progress so far.
"The girls are very easy to work with and we have done an awful lot of work to get to this stage," said Lovell.
"The girls all want to improve and are very amenable to the ideas that are put to them.
"We have achieved places for two individuals and two relay teams which is an improvement on last year and fits in with the development plan that we have put in place at the club."
Lovell said there would be several big clubs at the event and their appearance would make it a big challenge for his team.
"The Nationals are the highlight of the swimming year for the Age Group swimmers and I am delighted with the swimmers' achievements and the opportunity for them to experience racing at the national level," he said.
"There will be some big teams there and there will probably be some relay teams that are 30-40 seconds quicker than us.
"With the individuals there will be some girls that are around 10 seconds quicker so the girls will have to up their game to get to the finals."
Lincoln Vulcans is a Swim 21 performance club which welcomes swimmers who wish to develop their competitive swimming abilities. A progressive training programme based upon the ASA Long Term Athlete Development framework underpins the ethos of the club. For further details about the club, please visit the website –