Modernian finish the season in style at National Championships

Modernian swimmers made their mark on the national stage
Modernian swimmers made their mark on the national stage

In their 50th anniversary year, a group of 11 Modernian swimmers qualified for 50 events at the National Championships this summer.

Jamie McCaffray kicked off at the Scottish Summer Meet where he won gold for 1,500m free and silver for 400IM, and also made it to the 200IM final where he placed fifth.

Then Llewelyn Wake and Nick Stalley travelled to the Swim Wales Summer Open where Nick finalled in both the 50m and 100m breaststrke against tough competition. Llewelyn raced the 200m fly, one of the toughest pool events and finished 12th.

Then it was up to Rother Valley Park in Sheffield for the National Masters Open Water 3km event where Anne Wilson swam through to claim silver.

Daughter Tia Wilson emulated mum’s achievements the following day by claiming silver in her age group in the 1.5km National Open Water event.

Chloe Lence missed a medal by just 0.42s in a tight finish in her age group, with Aiyana Lawson and McCaffray finishing ninth and 12th in their age groups.

The action then moved to Ponds Forge for the British Summer Championships. Oliver Maltby snatched the 100m fly Bedfordshire County record in the first swim for the club and then went on to final in the 50m back (10th) and 50m fly (8th).

Becky Burton finalled for the 50m breast and placed 10th, while Lence, Lawson and Brandon Nabarro raced hard in their individual events, coming close to their season bests.

Then it was on to the ASA Summer Championships which saw Peter Webster claim gold in the 50m fly with a county record, and silver in 50m back.

Lawson and Lence made their first ever finals at a national event in the 200m free, finishing 7th and 9th, while Burton had to settle for 8th place in the 200m breast final.

Also making finals were Maltby (county record, 6th in 100m back) and Wilson (6th in 400m free). Paddy Keaveney raced hard in his swims, posting times close to his PBs.

The Modernian Swimming Club nationals campaign was a great end to this season.

There are exciting times ahead as the club welcomes Balázs Sasvári as head coach from September.