SOLIHULL Swimming Club members continued their successful run with impressive swims in the second round of the Mercian League and individual triumphs at the Midland Age Group Championships.
The team travelled to Tamworth on Saturday to take part in the second round of the Mercian League, having finished second in the first round, and hopes and team spirit were high.
The other competing teams were Redditch, Rugby, Bilston, Northgate and Tamworth. The top three places were hotly contested between Redditch, Solihull and Rugby.
Redditch eventually claimed first place with 211 points, Solihull finished second with 196 and Rugby took third spot with 186.
With excellent swims from the whole team, they achieved 11 first places and eight second places. First places went to Elizabeth Aston (10yr breaststroke), Deen Ahmed (10yr freestyle), Thomas Beech (10yr breaststroke), James Lee (12yr 100m backstroke), Ethan Robinson-Bule (12yr 100m breaststroke), Tom Slater (Open 100IM and 100m freestyle), Aslan Lewis (Open 100m backstroke), boys 12yr medley and freestyle relay team of James Lee, Dan Manners, Ethan Robinson-Bule and Dawud Ahmed, open men’s freestyle team of Tom Slater, James Mason, Ben Manners and Aslan Lewis.
Special Mention goes to Tom Slater who won the 100m freestyle, finally beating his 57 seconds to make it in 56 seconds.
The team swam superbly together, especially performing well in their relays, and there was great team support from the parents watching.
The coaches were very proud of the hard work put in by all the swimmers on the night and for the support of the officials and helpers who without it could not be done.
Solihull also had swimmers competing at the Midland Age Group Championships held at Coventry pool over two weekends in June.
Caitlin Hubbard and Becki Kamau also with City of Birmingham, Sophie Stables also with City of Coventry and Lauren Turner and Lucy Gerrard all competed over the two weekends.
During the competition Sophie qualified for two finals – the 13/14 year 100m fly finishing 6th and 14yr 200m fly finishing 7th.
Becki qualified for an amazing five finals – coming second in the 13/14yr 100m breaststroke, second in the 14yr 200m IM, sixth in the 13/14yr 200m breaststroke and 100m freestyle and eighth in 13/14yr 100m fly.
Caitlin competed in four finals and two long distance heats declared winners, coming 13th in the 800m freestyle and fifth in the 400IM.
In her finals she came seventh in the 200IM, third in the 200m backstroke, third in the 100m fly and second in the 200m fly. Caitlin also came second overall in her age group.