Personal bests flow for Dunmow swimming aces

Dunmow Atlantis Swimming Club swimmes that competed at the East Region Championship

Dunmow Atlantis Swimming Club swimmes that competed at the East Region Championship - Credit: Archant

An unprecedented 14 Dunmow Atlantis Swimming Club youngsters competed at the East Region Championships.

They each had to qualify within the tough times demanded by the ASA to reach the event.

The first race, held at Luton Sports Village, saw Abbie Hart, Meghan Maybanks, Gemma Bennett, Louis Spong and Matt McLaughlin all compete in the Youth category (15 years and over).

In the BAGCAT group for 14 years and under, held at Norwich Sportspark, those competing were John Boyle, Josh Smith, Grace Mellor, Rebecca Watt, Chloe Moloney, Samuel Dack, Rose Wilkinson, Sophie Taylor and Emma Sarginson.

Swimming against top contestants from all over the region, the team came away with several long course personal bests and qualified for finals in various events.

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Not only that, there were a total of three silver medals for Meghan Maybanks in the 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly and 100m backstroke, a bronze in the 800m freestyle for Chloe Moloney, plus a further medal of each colour won by Gemma Bennett in the Disability MC competition.

Steve Turner, DASC’s head coach, was full of praise for the squad.

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He said: “It was a fine overall performance by all the swimmers, with many achieving Long Course PB’s at a time when school exam pressure is at it’s highest.

“Very well done to all our swimmers.”

Excitement is now building for DASC as they wait for confirmation of who has gained qualification for the National competition, to be held next month.

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