Local youngsters win swimming gold
Oldham Aquatics gained two new regional champions earlier this month at the Swim England North West Winter Championships.
Seven swimmers from the squad, all based at Oldham Leisure Centre, competed at the event, which took place at Manchester Aquatics Centre between on 3-4 November. Jessica Calderbank, 21, from Bury and Samuel Goldrick, 20, from Branhall both won gold.
Jessica says: ”I am pleased with my performances and I feel it has secured me in my pathway for success at Winter Nationals.”
Calderbank struck gold twice in the Women’s 17yrs and over 50m and 100m Butterfly, swimming with personal best times in each race. Goldrick was victorious in the Men’s 17yrs and over 200m Breaststroke.
Both secured medals in all their events, with Jessica finishing second in the 50m Freestyle with another personal best and Samuel winning three silvers in the 50m and 100m Breast plus the 200m Fly.
After qualifying for the finals of the Men’s 17yrs and over 50m and 100m Fly, Luke Kearslake, 18, from Glossop, narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing fifth in both races. He swam 25.97 in the 50m race, finishing in under 26 seconds for the first time in a short course (25m) pool and matching his long course personal best – a time that won him the Welsh Nationals last season.
Kimberley Burston, 15, from Shaw competed in the Women’s 16yrs and under 200m Free and 100m Fly. She set personal bests in both – her 100m Fly time came in a swim off for the final. Burston, 15, beat a swimmer a year older than her to make the final where she improved her qualifying rank to finish seventh.
In his first Winter Regionals, Kian Tevlin, 15, from Denton, raced in the Men’s 16yr and under 50m Free, where he swam a new personal best of 26.3.
Amy Harrison, 15, from Oldham, swam in the Women’s 16yrs and under 50m Breast – an event she also raced at last season’s Summer Regionals. Ellie Lomax, also 15, also from Oldham competed in the Women’s 16yrs and under 200m Fly.
Coach Mark Lord says: “I am pleased with the early season form our swimmers have shown at these Championships and I am looking forward to more success.”
Oldham Aquatics, who train in facilities run by OCL, are now aiming to build on their success and gain qualifiers for the Winter National Championships. The squad won eight golds, one silver and four bronzes to finish eighth out of 26 teams in the Wigan Best Future Stars Open Meet, held from 16-18 November and won five more at the South Yorkshire Open Masters Meet.