Rotherham Metro swimmers race to honours at county championships

Rotherham Metro swimmers race to honours at county championships

By David Beddows | 11/03/2020

Rotherham Metro swimmers race to honours at county championships


SWIMMERS from Rotherham Metro are celebrating a haul of medals and new club records at the Yorkshire Championships.

The 52-strong group won two gold medals, four silvers and five bronze medals in the big event held at the John Charles Centre in Leeds and Ponds Forge in Sheffield. 

Luke Booth had a fantastic championships, winning two gold medals in 800m and 1500m freestyle as well as two silvers in 100m and 200m breaststroke and bronze in 50m breaststroke.  

As well as winning gold in the long-distance events, Luke broke his own club record for 800m freestyle with a time of 9.05.68 and set a new record in the 1500m freestyle, clocking 17.22.63. 

Mollie Fisher a set a new club record in the 400m freestyle in taking a bronze medal.  
She also raced to bronze in the 50m butterfly. 

Eve Doherty claimed a silver in the 50m breaststroke and a bronze in the 50m freestyle. 

Abigail Jackson, Metro's new club captain, also did well. She raced to a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle and a silver in the 200m breaststroke as well as multiple top ten finishes.  

Grace Bradbury, Grace Russell, Grace James, Amelia Osbourne, Charlotte Tingle, Jessica Garbutt, Ruby Gambles, Kitty Bramhall, Lauren Empson, Tia Plumtree and Holly McMaster also achieved top ten finishes, many of them in a variety of events.

For the boys, Harold Cocking, Harrison Niland, Thomas Walters, Jack Finnie, Joseph Davies and Joseph Jubb, Oscar Gavelle, Jack Finnie, Lived Hinchcliffe and Harri Thorman all achieved top ten finishes, again many in multiple events.

Other swimmers taking part were Carys Neal, Amelia Smith, Jorge Croyden, Keira Zlobinski, Lacey Grayson, Hannah Senior, Tammi Plumtree, Lydia Martin, Sophia Pashley, Katie Turnor, Hannah Wordsall, Nia Thorman and Naomi Hutson. 

New club captain William Scaife, Daniel Lyon-Smith, William Taylor, Callum Simmons, Koby Ord, Jack Denwood, Harri Thorman, Owen Mason, Bowen Gomersall, Cameron Rhodes, Oliver Keens, Harrison Deeks, Edward and James Cam also represented the club. Many of the swimmers achieved their individual goals, setting new personal best times and qualifying times for the upcoming North East regionals.

Rotherham Metro also had a successful relay team event. 

No less than 11 of the teams that took part achieved top ten finishes, with the 11/12 year old girls team of Grace Bradbury, Eve Doherty, Ruby Gambles and Lacey Grayson winning a bronze medal in the 200m freestyle.

Metro spokeswoman Louise Fisher said: “Overall we had an extremely successful championships. Everyone at the club is extremely proud of all the swimmers who achieved qualifying times and took part.”