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Saltburn and Marske show strong league form; Swimming.

SALTBURN and Marske swimmers were in great form when they competed at Eston Swimming Pool recently in the second round of the Moors League Championship.

Swimming clubs from Eston, Guisborough and Northallerton competed in the Gala with the fifth club, Stokesley, not involved due to the rotation policy.

Saltburn and Marske swimmers achieved seven wins and 28 second places along with setting 18 personal best times (PBs).

In the 9-10 years girls team, both Anna Morris in the 25m freestyle and Piper Clements in the 25m butterfly, achieved PBs and were supported well by Amy Lawrenson and Charlotte Gunn in both relay races.

In the 9-10 year boys category, both Jacob Hollingsworth in the 25m freestyle and Jack Atkinson in the 25m butterfly and breastroke set new PBs.

Both Ryan Trowsdale and Daniel Glenton also contributed with some excellent swims.

Hannah Trowsdale, 11, underlined her freestyle and fly prowess with two PBs along with Phoebe Jennings, also 11, in the 50m breastroke. Isabel Parkinson and Lydia Maidens, both 11, swam extremely well to set season best times, while 10-year-old Matthew Ankers and Jake Blair, 11, turned in performances that showed their promise by securing PBs from all of their swims.

Ben O'Donovan, 11, turned in a solid backstroke swim, with Adam Marley achieving a season best time in the 50m freestyle.

The boys 13-14 year team continued where they left off last season, dominating in both relay races.

The quartet of Curtis Farrier, Josh O Donovan, Martin Leng and Alex Proffitt provided solid performances throughout the meet, with O'Donovan securing a PB in the 50m backstroke.

In the girls teams, 13-year-old Hannah Prouse continued her rich vein of form with two wins in the 50m backstroke and freestyle.

Olivia Troop, also 13, added an impressive PB to her name in the 50m breaststroke along with Rebecca Maude, 16, who battled gamely to achieve a PB in the 50m butterfly.

There were also season best times recorded for Georgia Coates, 13, Ella Cutis and Anna Betterton, both 14, Megan Roberts, 17, Haleigh Blair, 15, Faye Crawford, 18, and 21-year-old Amy Roberts.

A number of swimmers had to swim above their age group, producing some memorable swims and exceeding the coach's expectations.

The boys club captain, 16-year-old Carl Westwick, shone as he laid claim to a number of PBs across the 50m butterfly, breastroke and freestyle races, along with supporting his team in both relay events.

There were also some great individual swims from the open boys swimmers, which included season best times for Rhys Thomas, Gary Meddum and Sean Halcrow Cook and a PB for Anthony Prouse in the 50m freestyle event.

However, the swimmer of the day went to Josh O' Donovan who was in fine form throughout, swimming seven races and gaining 20 points for the team.

Saltburn and Marske head coach, Fiona Harrison, said: "For the first league gala of the season it was good to see the swimmers stepping up and applying racing skills which we have been working on."

Saltburn and Marske ASC remain in second place in the Moors League with four galas to go.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 16, 2013
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