Susannah breaks 25-year record

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SUSANNAH Yielding broke a 25-year club record as youngsters from Boston Swimming Club travelled to contest honours in the Biggleswade Open event - the first serious competition of 2011.

She did so in the 200m breaststroke as she was one of the contingent who were chasing Midland District qualifying times for championships to be held at Coventry later in the year.

The youth swimmers had this meet and the forthcoming county championships in which to achieve their main aims, while the junior swimmers also have the chance to qualify at Leicester in April.

Club coach Ian Wells was has told his swimmers to train hard and race hard from the front on the basis that if they obtain one qualifying time, then others should follow.

Susannah took this advice on board in the 100m breaststroke and swam the first 25m faster than she done before.

Her split time of 16.9 secs at the halfway point saw her 0.1 secs off her best 50ms time.

And using hard work, she held the third length before fading a little on the last length.

But still she recorded her best time of 1 min 18.77 secs, good enough for a district qualifying time.

With the pressure off, Susannah then recorded another best time in the 50m butterfly of 32.8 secs, and achieved another district qualifying time in the 100m butterfly (1 min 09.94 secs).

Just to prove the coach right, Susannah then gained her third qualifying time in the 200m breaststroke (2 mins 50.30 secs).

All three swims were also good enough to take gold medals.

Luke Jones started the first day’s morning session with a district qualifying time in the 400m individual medley, only be disqualified for his feet crossing over on the last length of butterfly.

This appeared to affect him and he struggled to find form for the rest of the weekend until Sunday evening in the 400m freestyle, where he gained his first district qualifying time of the season.

Reuben Reed, who has never struggled before to gain qualifying times, decided at the beginning of the season to drop out of the club’s top squad — only to find he could not swim as fast as before.

He then decided he needed be back in the performance squad.

His form is starting to return judging by his wins in the 100m and 200m butterfly disciplines.

Oliver Street chased Reuben home for the silver medal in the 200m fly.

Reuben now is chasing his district time at the county championships.

Toni Keal also won gold in the 200m butterfly but, having missed two weeks training due to illness, she was another swimmer not able to achieve district time.

Hannah Macleod is another youth swimmer who, although having her training affected by illness, was so close to achieving qualifying times while winning gold medals in the 50m, 100m butterfly and 100m and 200m backstroke.

The effort Hannah put into all her swims saw her finish in third place in the top girl award.

Libby Dean-Allen kept her form going from Boston open meet by winning the nine years 200m butterfly.

Ten-year-old Charlize Arundell gained her first ever district qualifying time in the 200m breaststroke.

George Hobbins, who won the top boy at Boston’s January open meet, moved up to the 12-year-old age group.

But that not stop him winning the 400m individual medley and 100m backstroke and gained many district times.

He also finished in second place in the top boy award — beaten by 11-year-old clubmate James Hurley who was in fantastic form to gain district qualifying times in all his events apart from breaststroke.

James won gold medals in the 200m, 400m individual medley, 100m, 200m backstroke, 50m, 200m butterfly and 200m, 400m freestyle.

Boston also finished second in the top club award behind Hatfield and just ahead of Lincoln Vulcans.