Junior swimmers compete at Open Water Champs
20th August 2012
A British Gas GBR Swimming team of three gained valuable international experience at the first edition of the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in Welland, Ontario, Canada.
Bradley Lynch (City of Birmingham SC), Caleb Hughes (Hatfield SC) and Lucy Campbell (Windsor SC) contested four events between them including the Junior Team event.
Lynch came closest to the podium with a fourth place finish in the Youth Boys 5km (15-16) which saw a field of 35 negotiate the rowing basin course.
A slow start saw Lynch complete the first lap in 15th place before he negotiated his way through the field to finish strongly in a time of 57.53 – just over 40secs behind the winner.
Campbell gave a strong performance in the Girls 5k (14-16) race to finish the course in eighth overall in a time of 1.00.32.
After starting strongly Campbell was up with the leading pack in the field of 37 before she lost momentum in the finishing straight when struggling with a hat issue to finish 27 seconds behind the winner.
In the Junior Boys 7.5k (17-18) Hughes finished 12th out of 43 in a time of 1.10.30 with gold won in 1.08.30.
All three athletes came together for the Team Event 3k and stayed together throughout the race and finished strongly to finish 13th in a combined time of 1.48.13.