Swimmers secure 2015 Winter Meet qualifying times at regional champs

Top swimmers secure 2015 Winter Meet Qualifying Times. Swimmer in front of ASA branding

Some of Great Britain’s top swimmers were in action this weekend as the ASA regional championships took place across the country.

With the ASA National Winter Meet entry deadline looming large on 26 November, many swimmers were looking to secure 2015 Winter Meet qualifying times.

The most decorated swimmer across the regional champs came at the South East Championships as Woking’s Hannah Burvill scooped an incredible eight golds medals in Portsmouth, including a clean sweep of the backstroke titles and victories in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m Freestyle.

There was some record-breaking swimming at the Midland Winter Short Course Championships in Nottingham, with Ellesmere College Titans’ Tazmin Pugh collecting four golds and becoming the fastest British 15-year old in history for 50m Butterfly in the short course pool, courtesy of a 27.10 effort.

Derventio’s 16-year old Imogen Clark and 14-year old Ellesmere swimmer Freya Anderson also jumped to the top of the British historic rankings for their respective age groups as they collected gold (30.66) and bronze (31.82) in the 50m Breaststroke at the same event.

There were some star names in the water at the South West Winter Championships with Great Britain’s European 400m Freestyle bronze medallist Jay Lelliott scooping four golds and the Netherland’s double World Short Course medallist Moniek Nijhuis showing her class in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke.

Paralympic champion Jessica-Jane Applegate is also no stranger to international success, and she was one of the top performers at the East Swimming Short Course Championships, setting four British Para-swimming records over the three-day meet.

Hoddesdon’s Georgina Pryor also impressed at the East Region Championships in Luton, coming away with four gold medals in the sprint events, while Lawrence Palmer secured a clean sweep of the breaststroke events, clocking 59.13 for victory in the 100m Breast.

City of Salford’s 17-year old Lewis Clough claimed six golds to lead the medal table at the North West Winter Championships, including a 1:48.66 effort for the 200m Freestyle crown, while Michael Gunning was the only swimmer to scoop more than three titles at the London Winter Champs, claiming the 100m and 200m Butterfly double as well as golds over 200m and 400m Freestyle.

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