Melton Swimming Club A push Leicester Sharks close in Winter League

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Melton’s A team swimmers were drawn at Nuneaton in round two of the Leicestershire Winter League.

They took on teams from Braunstone, Loughborough, Hinckley, Leicester Penguins and Leicester Sharks. It was a great evening of competitive swimming with the Melton team finishing in second place, just behind Leicester.

Lauren Boland got the evening off to a great start with first place in the 100m individual medley in a new club record time. The team freestyle relays followed with good wins for the boys’ 15 and under, and the ladies’ open age quartets.

The individual events followed and Beth-Rheanna Gibson produced a new personal best time to win the girls’ 10/11 years 50m backstroke.

This was quickly followed by the second club record of the evening when William Graham set a new best for the boys’ 14 years 100m breaststroke in a time of 1min 15.74secs.

Club captain Charlotte Seagrave stepped up to the plate to win the ladies’ open age 100m freestyle in a thrilling finish. This was followed by one of the younger members of the girls’ team, Tia Keightley, who swam an excellent 50m breaststroke in a new personal best to finish a good second.

Melton then produced two consecutive winning swims in the 15 and under 100m butterfly for Sophie Wisher followed by William Graham in a second club record time of the evening.

The strength of the ladies’ open age quartet was demonstrated by a comfortable win in the 100m backstroke as Leah Walker showed top class starting and turning techniques.

The remaining individual events were closely fought, usually between Melton and Leicester, with good second place swims for Jasmine Burton (100m freestyle), Sam Kirkland (100m backstroke), Ianthe Brittain (50m backstroke), Kate Parker (50m freestyle), Isobel Barnes (50m breaststroke) and Molly Hey (100m butterfly).

This led to the final series of medley relay events, with the open age ladies’ team of Leah Walker, Lauren Boland, Charlotte Seagrave and Molly Hey demonstrating their total dominance of the age group with a comfortable win.

Final scores: 1 Leicestershire Sharks A 253pts, 2 Melton A 221, 3 Loughborough A 174, 4 Braunstone B 161, 5 Penguins B 160, 6 Hinckley B 91.