Redditch swimmers continue surge

REDDITCH Swimming Club continued their surge to becoming the best club in the county.

Over three weekends in March members of RSC competed in the 2014 Worcester County Swimming Championships held at the Central baths in Wolverhampton.

For the second year running RSC came out top club in the county beating county rival clubs Stourbridge, Worcester, Halesowen, Ledbury, Hereford, Wyre Forest, Pershore, Oldbury, Droitwich, Haden Hill, Evesham, Warley and Bromsgrove.

The final table showed RSC with a grand total of 116 medals, 35 gold, 43 silver and 38 bronze plus two more gold medals in the masters races.

Individually there were some outstanding performances with 53 Personal bests and 35 Midland district qualifying times. Megan Moss won the junior 200m breaststroke to become the junior county champion, Braiden Hartles won the 200m freestyle and Paul Wilkes won the 200m butterfly to become senior county champions.

Club captains Paul Wilkes and Laura Cranshaw powered to gold in the Masters 50m freestyle races.

Chris Britt head coach of RSC commented “It has been a strenuous couple of months, since Christmas we have stepped up the training to a very intense level but the end result has definitely justified the effort put in by all the swimmers.

The training culminated in three long weekends of top class county swimming and for RSC to come out top club is fantastic for both swimmers and the coaching team. Youngsters with potential come to RSC and flourish in the competitive ethos of the club, the medal table shows individual swimmers winning a multitude of medals beating the best in the Worcestershire over the full range of strokes and distances. The difference between gold and bronze can be the ‘blink of an eye’ and if we listed the top eight in each race almost every RSC swimmer would be there. We now intend to go even further with sessions to be taken by Olympian Nick Gillingham adding technique to fitness”.

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