Rotherham Metro swimmers out in force for national championships

Rotherham Metro swimmers out in force for national championships

By David Beddows | 27/07/2019

Rotherham Metro swimmers out in force for national championships
Rotherham Metro swimmers (from left) Mollie Fisher, Lucy Ellis, Abigail Jackson, Grace Russell and Luke Booth.

A RECORD number of Rotherham Metro Swimming Club competitors are heading to the upcoming national championships.

To kick off the success story, three of the club's swimmers are competing at the British Championships at the Tollcross International Pool in Glasgow.
Swimmers have to be ranked in the top 24 in Britain to qualify. 

Mollie Fisher takes her place in the 200, 400 and 800 metres Freestyle. She is current Yorkshire champion in the 200m and 400m events and broke the 800m club record three times in qualifying.

Lucy Ellis is the current Yorkshire champion for her event, 200m butterfly, and also current club record holder.

Abigail Jackson is competing in both British Championships and the Swim England English Championships, held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. 

It is the second consecutive year that Abigail has competed at both events, which sees her swimming 400m Individual Medley in Glasgow and 200m Individual Medley, 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and 400m freestyle in Sheffield. Abigail is also club record holder for 400m freestyle.

Luke Booth has returned from a serious injury in February to qualify for two events at the English Championships — the 200m breaststroke and 800m freestyle. 

Luke is club record holder for the 200m breaststroke and during the qualifying period he won bronze in the North East Regional championships.  

Metro 's current club captain, Grace Russell, has qualified for the 200m butterfly at the English Championships. 

Grace is a fantastic role model for all the club's swimmers, showing everyone that hard work and dedication means you can achieve your goals.

Harri Thorman has qualified to swim in the 50m freestyle in Sheffield. He is the only swimmer from Metro's Masters squad to qualify for the English Championships.

Club chairman Richard Jackson and head coach Alan Kirton have both congratulated the swimmers and acknowledged that it is a massive achievement for them to be competing and representing the club at such a high level.