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Day one of the British Gas Swimming Championships saw Kathryn Greenslade compete in the 1st event, the 200m Freestyle.
Kathryn Swam a PB in the heats (2.04.92) to qualify in 5th place for the final, Kathryn followed up her heat swim with a credible 2.04.99 to finish 6th in her first major championships final.
Rebecca Swales competed in the 50m Breaststroke and made the semi-final in 11th place with a 32.77, a season’s best swim!
In the semi-final Becky swam well but 32.87 wasn’t good enough to make the final on this occasion, however with her favoured 100m still to come later in the week she was feeling confident.
Day two saw 2 Preston swimmers compete, Kathryn Greenslade in the 100m Backstroke and Stephanie Slater in the 100 Freestyle MC event.
Kathryn swam another seasons best with 1.05.54 In the 100m Backstroke while Stephanie swam a comfortable and big personal best time of 1.07.33 to make the final.
In the final of the MC 100m Freestyle, Stephanie won Gold in a time of 1.07.20 another Personal Best time and also under the consideration time for the Commonwealth Games!
Day 3 and a training day for both Kathryn and Rebecca in preparation for key events on day 4 Kathryn in the 200m Backstroke and Rebecca in her favoured 100m Breaststroke.
Day 4 of the 6 day meet and Kathryn was first up in the 200m Backstroke, turning first at the 100m mark in her heat Kathryn swam a personal best time of 2.18.14 winning her heat, just short of the 2.17 mark but qualifying 4th for the final.
Rebecca was a little off form in the 100m Breaststroke but managed a credible 1.12.71 to just sneak in the semi-final in 16th position, after a long period out of the water this season Rebecca swam well.
Finals session and SKY Sports (2) had arrived to cover the swims, Kathryn was first up in the 200m Backstroke and again swam a credible time of 2.20.63 to finish 8th in her second championship final, nerves go the better of her, however every swim is a learning curve for the future and the Welsh Junior International has a bright one ahead of her.
Rebecca had a starring role on Sky Sports 2 on Day 4, with some excellent coverage, she swam the semi-final of the 100m Breaststroke, her favoured event, it was a hugely improved 1.11.27 (only 6 tenths off her season’s best) and although she made up 7 places it was only good enough for 1st Reserve…. However there was to be a further twist, a swimmer pulled out of the final, this allowed Rebecca to take her place in the final on Day 5, again this will be broadcast on Sky Sports 2 at 6.00pm Monday the 14th and also the 15th.
Rebecca Competed in the final of the 100m Breaststroke on Day 5 of the British Gas Swimming Championships having exceeded expectations to get there after a lengthy injury.
She competed well turning in 33.13 but couldn’t keep up with the pace of what was to be the fastest time form a British Swimmer ever, Rebecca touched in 1.12.05 in 8th place.
On the final day of the meet Kathryn finished off her programme with the 400m Freestyle, having taken off 10 seconds to qualify for this event at the Lancashire’s only a month before it was a tough ask to drop more time in this high profile meet, after a nervy start (the referee stood the swimmers down for a faulty start speaker) nerves got the better of Kathryn and she finished in a credible 11th position in a time of 4.29.
After a long 6 days of competition all three swimmers did themselves and Preston Swimming Club proud, some good Pb’s and some lessons learnt, hopefully moving forward to the Arena league in 2 weeks’ time in Cardiff and then to the end of season National Youth Championships in Sheffield.
Well done Rebecca, Kathryn and Stephanie!!
Preston Sports Awards 2014
Celebrating and recognising the dedication, talent and commitment of sports people in Preston
The 9th annual Preston Sports Awards is the chance to honour the unsung heroes and local sporting champions in the city through a variety of awards celebrating sporting excellence.
This years awards will be presented by guest speaker Jason Gardener (British Sprint Athlete and former World Indoor World Champion). The awards will follow a waiter served meal and multi media presentation. The event is sponsored by Walker Smith Way Legal, Preston.
Preston Swimming Club have been shortlisted in the following categories:
Club of the year - Preston Swimming Club HIGHLY COMMENDED
Rising Star - Kenan Yeung HIGHLY COMMENDED
Club performance of the year - Preston Swimming Club Arena Team WON
Senior performance of the year - Stephanie Slater WON
Junior performance of the year - Robert Hamer HIGHLY COMMENDED
Volunteer of the year (over 25) - Kevin Parker WON
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