Modernian finish the campaign in style

The successful Modernian swimming squad
The successful Modernian swimming squad

Modernian swimmers have excelled in the pool this year – doubling the number of swimmers qualifying for Age Group Nationals to four, as well as having six swimmers qualify for Youth Nationals.

In the age groups, Chloe Lence qualified for five individual events and finishes the season ranked 16th in the country in the 800m freestyle.

Kaelah Lawson, competing at nationals for the first time, qualified in three events, including a national 1.5km open water event where she came 10th overall in her age group.

Kaelah’s older sister Aiyana, swimming the 800 free and 1.5km open water, also displayed a talent for open water swimming as she took 13th at Rother Valley Park.

Paddy Keaveney, hot from competing at the Irish Nationals, swam in the 200IM and finished 25th in the national rankings.

Oliver Maltby, swimming at the youths for the first time, started the event by smashing two Senior County Records – 50 back and 100 fly – as he set new PBs in those events.

Becky Burton broke the junior 50 breast county record and the senior and junior 100 breast county record, as well as making the semi-finals for the 15/16 age group and finishing 15th nationally.

Hayley Alcock also made the semi-finals of the 100 breast in the 17/18 age group and finished 18th nationally after a great swim.

Brandon Nabarro qualified for the semis of the 200IM as well as swimming in the 100 breast and 200 breast events during the week.

Peter Webster and Nicola Pasquire swam well in their respective events, both despite being dogged with injury for most of this season.

Head coach Vicky Simpson said: “I am delighted with not only the clubs’ results at nationals, but also our regional and county results.

“Having taken over in January, the swimmers have bought into my coaching ethos and together we have achieved great results.

“We will be moving forward next season and the swimmers will be working harder than ever hopefully to achieve more in the pool!”

Director of swimming, Ian Douglas, added: “The club is going from strength to strength and we are aiming high.”