Bainbridge produces good form in Coventry

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ELEANOR Bainbridge enjoyed some stunning results at the Midland District (West & East) Age Group Swimming Championships in Coventry.

The Holy Trinity School Student was racing for City of Coventry in the 50 metre pool and won six gold medals in the ten year old age category.

She also picked up two silvers and six long course personal bests, as well as sealing the 'Bagcats' point competition by 16 points, which was awarded to the top male and female swimmer in each age group.

Bainbridge also swims for Ellesmere College Titans and swimmers from grabbed 28 gold medals and 45 overall, as they finished second behind Nottingham's elite Nova Centurian team but well ahead of City of Birmingham, City of Coventry, Derbyshire's Derventio eXcell SC and Northampton SC.

Another Holy Trinity pupil competing was Alex Rosser-Barnett who swam nine events in the 10 year old boys category and achieved eight long course personal bests and took two silvers in the 100m and 200m breaststroke. He will also be joining Eleanor at Ellesmere College in September.

With 11 Ellesmere College Titans age group (aged 11-14) and seven youth (aged 15-18) swimmers stepping up the grade still further and training hard for their National Championships at the end of July and August, it will be the biggest group yet to make it through the difficult qualifying times from the top age group club in the West Midlands.

Jubilant head coach Alan Bircher said: “This is why I love the sport, it's David and Goliath and the Titans swimmers just keep stepping up and knocking down the big clubs.

"The swimmers now have six weeks to prepare for the nationals or four weeks to prepare for the end of season meet, so we’ll continue to work hard and see what the season end holds."

Meanwhile, another Kidderminster boy now studying and swimming at Ellesmere College Titans was selected together with four others from Ellesmere, to swim for the West Midlands against seven other English Regions in Bristol at the 64th English Schools Swimming Association’s Inter-Divisional Championships at the weekend.

Senior student Hayden Griffiths, 17, was chosen for the 200m backstroke where stiff competition found him coming home in seventh place.

Griffiths helped his 4x100m medley relay team to a silver medal finish and the followed it up with the gruelling 400m individual medley, taking sixth place. In the 4x100m freestyle relay, he was part of the quartet which took silver.

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