Swimming: Lincoln Vulcans post qualifying times for National Championships
Lincoln Vulcans' top swimmers booked their places at the National Championships with some superb performances at the City of Derby Open weekend at Ponds Forge.
Olly Richmond 100m backstroke, Lauren Freeman 400m freestyle, Abigail Burr 200m IM and Tara Haworth 200m butterfly all qualified.
They join three other club mates who have qualified for the event – Ollie Bitowt 400m/1500m freestyle and 100m backstroke, Maya Westlake 200m/400m freestyle and 200m backstroke and Braddon Westlake 200m/400m IM, 400m freestyle and 100m/200m backstroke.
The performances delighted new head coach Hugh Dokter.
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"This is a great achievement so early in the season and gives all swimmers confidence to go out and achieve more times," said Dockter.
"We are currently on the run up to the British Gas International Meet, held in Leeds in early March, which doubles up as qualifiers for European Juniors and Youth Olympic teams.
"It's a very exciting time for the Vulcans and I am very much looking forward to a good season."
Meanwhile, the Junior and Age Group swimmers from Lincoln Vulcans returned home from the recent Boston Open Meet having secured both the trophy for Top Visiting Club and a host of other achievements.
The Boston meet is the final opportunity for swimmers to achieve County Championship qualifying times and a large Vulcans contingent arrived on poolside determined to ensure another strong presence at the Counties in March.
Over two days the Vulcans coaches were rewarded with a succession of impressive swims, with nearly every attempt at a personal best performance and many of the junior swimmers achieving their first ever county qualifying times.
Equally impressive racing from the age group swimmers was rewarded with many large personal bests and further county times and the possibility of qualifying for the Midlands (Regional) Championships later in the year.
Swimmer development coach Andrew Mason was delighted with the team's performance.
"I would normally pick out a few swimmers who performed exceptionally well for a special mention, but to be honest I would have to name every Vulcan swimmer who took part," he said.
"We have put together an excellent coaching staff at Vulcans with Ollie Greenwood and his team developing our learn-to-swim programme, Nigel Oldham progressing the junior swimmers towards county standard and Richard Apps and myself working with the swimmers hoping to achieve regional level and perhaps move on to work with our head coach, Hugh, at national level.
"The performance at this meet shows that the club is continuing to progress."