Four medals as the Mid Beds swimmers make a splash at regional meet

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Mid Beds Swim Squad, sponsored by LV=, had their most successful East Region Championships for several years with half of the squad qualifying for the Youth and Age Group events.

A group of 13 swimmers provided 25 finalists and came away with four medals.

Most successful of the swimmers was 14-year-old Molly Bow from Kempston; winning a silver medal in the 50m breaststroke, bronze in the 100m and taking seventh place in the 200m.

Fellow 14-year-old James McFarland from Harlington won a silver medal in the 200m butterfly and finished fifth in the 200m freestyle.

He also took sixth in the 100m butterfly and 400m individual medley, seventh in the 50m butterfly and eighth in the 200m breaststroke.

The final medal went to 13-year-old Matt Peck from Chicksands in the 1,500m freestyle. He also had an excellent meet, finishing fourth in the 200m backstroke, seventh in the 100m, eighth in the 400m individual medley and ninth in the 400m freestyle.

Charlotte Ashwin, 14, from Campton, was very unlucky to come away without a medal – finishing fourth in the 50m and 200m breaststroke events, sixth in the 200m individual medley, and seventh in the 400m IM.

Lauren Thomas from Bedford finished sixth in the 200m butterfly in her first regional championships.

Other qualifiers in the East Region Age Group Championships were Emma Shoobert, Lauren Wilson, Eddie McFarland and Will Lowrie.

A recently developed a link squad between Biggleswade, Flitwick Dolphins and Mid Beds Swim Squad also reaped rewards, with four of the link squad swimmers also qualifying for and competing in the Age Group Championships; Kai Borremeo from Flitwick Dolphins and Austin Lillywhite, Rachael Andrews and Rhea Mason from Bigglswade.

In the East Region Youth Championships, 15-year-old Georgina Curtis from Maulden finished fifth in both the 200m and 400m individual medley and seventh in the 200m backstroke.

Other qualifiers were Julia Lenkiewicz, Max Stefanik and Katie Shoobert.

Mid Beds Swim Squad head coach Tom McManus said: “Overall it was a fantastic team performance and to have 25 top-eight finishes is a fantastic return.

“The swimmers worked incredibly hard in the run up to the ASA East Region Championships and their hard work paid off.

“As a squad we have gone from strength to strength this season and I’m very happy.”

The focus of the club now switches to this summer’s national championship events, where Molly Bow has qualified for the British National Summer Championships.

Molly, Charlotte Ashwin and James McFarland have also qualified for the ASA (English) Summer Championships.