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The Swim England National County Team Championships took place in Sheffield earlier this month and fantastic performances from all our County swimmers.
Yorkshire defended their Division One title for the third year running and Cheshire finished top of the table in Division Two.
Cheshire County Team finished 17 points ahead of their closest opponents by winning three races – one relay and two individual, at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge. The champions ended on 461 points and finished ahead of Nottinghamshire, who were second on 444 points and third-placed Derbyshire, who scored 431.
Cheshire’s Boys’ 14-15 years 200m Medley team clocked 1:49.59 to secure maximum points. They were 1.23 seconds ahead of second-placed Nottinghamshire, who clocked 1:50.82, while Sussex finished third in a time of 1:51.23.
In the individual race Lewis Cottam secured one of the maximum points races for Cheshire. In the Boys’ 12-13 years 100m Freestyle, he clocked 56.14 and finished just ahead of Nottinghamshire’s Liam Dawson (56.89). Third place went to Teilo Williams, of Sussex, in 57.22.
Another strong performance and a first place finish for Cheshire was the Girls’ 12-13 years 100m Butterfly. Eliza Pinkstone put in a great performance and finished more than a second clear of the field in a time of 1:04.82. There was a battle for second place and Hertfordshire’s Valeria Giron clocked 1:06.08 to finish 0.03 seconds in front of Staffordshire’s Chloe Harris (1:06.11).
Comments from the Cheshire County Executive at their Annual council Meeting on Sunday was “We are all very proud of the swimmers, coaches, parents and volunteers who put so much hard work into making this a successful team. The swimmers were focused throughout the event and there was a very good team camaraderie across everyone. Thank you to everyone for making the day so special.”
Cumbria competed alongside Cheshire in Division 2 and achieved 326 points to finish them in 13th place. Our Lancashire Team were in action in the Division 1 and came 12th overall with a total points of 319.
Swim England North West would like to congratulate all the swimmers on their selection and thank parents, coaches and volunteers for their support on what was a very exciting day. We look forward to next years head to head of Lancashire and Cheshire in Division 1.
If you would like to see the full results from the championships please click here