Wigan pair make a splash

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A FANTASTIC final swim saw Wigan BEST’s Holly Jackson achieve her first-ever National qualifying time to compete in the British Championships to be held in London from March 3-10.

The event will double as the Olympic Trials for selection to the British team for London 2012 and will be the first event to be held in the Olympic pool.

Holly produced a time of 28.85 secs to make the final, just outside the girls born 1998/99 qualifying time, and then in the final produced her best swim to date coming in with a 28.61.

Holly joins other Wigan BEST members Chris Suggitt and Rachel Byrne who will also be competing during the week for their respective universities.

Meanwhile, last weekend saw some excellent performances for the Borough Elite swimmers who where competing in the first Derventio February Level 1 Festival Swim Meet in Sheffield.

In all a total of 16 medals came the way of the Wigan Borough swimmers, and many more swimmers achieving personal best performances.

Leading the gold medal achievements for the club was 10-year-old Ellie Molyneux who dominated her age group, winning five gold medals, in the 100m Butterfly, 200m Individual Medley, 100m Backstroke 400m Freestyle and the 200m Backstroke – all in personal best times.

For the boys, Wigan saw 11-year-old Harley Beentljes give his best performance to date with gold in the 200m Butterfly silver, the 50m Butterflym 200m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle, and bronze in the 50m Breaststroke, 200m Individual Medley and 100m Backstroke.

In the 14-year boys Jonathon Dandy came away with several personal best performances and an excellent bronze in the 200m Backstroke.

Up and coming stars Katy Cooper and Charlotte Nester produced some excellent swims, with Katy taking an excellent gold in the 10-year girls 200m Breaststroke and bronze in the 50m event.

Charlotte grabbed silver in the 10-year girls 50m Butterfly.

The Borough Head Coach Les France was delighted with the performances of all the swimmers who raced hard over the weekend, and particularly with the swimmers who found the going tough on day one but came through with some excellent performance on day two.

It was pleasing to see the young swimmers achieving excellent results, and particularly Holly who has managed to achieve the tough British qualifying standard.

The Scheme of Excellence has worked hard along with the local community swimming clubs and Trust to produce an excellent talent identification programme.

Although this is a work in progress, results are beginning to show with three of Wigan’s 10-year-old girls all managing to medal at this high level.