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Titans make master strokes
6:00pm Thursday 5th June 2014 in Sport
KIDDERMINSTER aces swimming for Ellesmere College Titans enjoyed a weekend to remember at the recent Swansea Long Course Open Meet.
Titans were named as the top club and earned 55 gold medals, 31 silvers and 18 bronze.
Holy Trinity student Eleanor Bainbridge, 10, was representing the club in competition for the first time but was not deterred as he stormed to six golds and four silvers from her ten events.
She smashed ten meet records, some of them twice, by swimming in five finals and set a swathe of new personal best times.
She won the 100m freestyle in one minute and 10.6 seconds, lifting herself to third in the UK rankings.
Victory in the 400m freestyle ( 5:11.06) leaves her second in the national standings.
There was also success in the 100m butterfly (1:18.19 MRec, 2nd in UK), 200m freestyle (2:29.63 MRec, 2nd in UK) and 200m individual medley (2:50.55 MRec, 2nd in UK).
Starting at Wyre Forest Swimming Club, she has been regularly travelling to Worcester and Coventry for elite training and now has decided to settle at Ellesmere Titans.
She is hoping this will assist her in taking the next step onto the national scene under the guidance of England Open Water coach Alan Bircher.
Eleanor will be moving to study at Ellesmere College in September to join elite swimmers from all four corners of the British Isles.
From the 94 swimmers in her division, Eleanor is ranked fifth in the 800m freestyle and eighth in the 100 butterfly.
Meanwhile, Wyre Forest pair Hayden Griffiths, 17, and Jacob Jackson, 15, were in good form at the Midland Championships.
Griffiths broke three records and secured golds in 200m and 50m, 400m individual medley.
Meanwhile Jackson recorded a well-deserved win in the 50 freestyle.
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