Issy Lester and Claire Beddow were Shrewsbury’s representatives at this year’s Midland Youth Champs. While the entry level was slightly lower than usual, the standard of the competition was as strong as ever. Both girls were competing in the 15/16yrs double age band.
The first day saw Issy first up in the 100m Fly early in the morning session. She swam a great race, producing a new long course(50m pool) pb, while converting to equal her short course (25m pool) pb also. Next up for both girls was the 200m Freestyle, with both of them in heat 3. Claire raced tough and swam to equal her recent long course pb time in her first ever midlands race, while Issy set a new long course pb time. After a much needed rest gap, they both were up in the 50m Freestyle. Issy equalled her pb, as did Claire whilst winning the following heat from lane 8. Last up on day 1 was Issy in the 200m back. She swam a well paced and controlled race from lane 6 to set a new pb and win her heat.
Day 2 saw Issy compete in the 400m Freestyle, 200m IM and 100m Freestyle. In the unfavoured lane 8 in the 400m Free, she set a new pb by 6 seconds. With not much rest, she was back in for the 200m IM, and thanks to a strong 2nd half to her race, she equalled her pb. Last of her 7 races was in the 100m Free, where she set another new pb and rounded off her championships in the same fashion she started them!! Over the course of the 2 days, the girls represented the club extremely well, but also managed to improve considerably on their ranking positions going into the championships across all their races, which is what racing at this level is all about. Congratulations to both girls.