Cornforth shines for Whitby Seals at county event

Henry Cornforth, 12, shows off his impressive haul of finalists pendants from the Spring Yorkshire Swimming Championships
Henry Cornforth, 12, shows off his impressive haul of finalists pendants from the Spring Yorkshire Swimming Championships

Swimmers from Whitby Seals ASC made their mark at the 2018 Spring Yorkshire Swimming Championships.

The event is held over three weekends, 1500m to 100m races took place in Leeds over two of the weekends and the 50m sprint races were at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Henry Cornforth, 12, qualified for multiple events, despite struggling with illness prior to first weekend.

He made an impressive start to his competitive year achieving 10th in 400m freestyle and seventh in 200m freestyle.

The 100m sprints followed which saw Henry produce some fantastic swimming to achieve two personal best times, a silver in 100m freestyle and fifth in 100m backstroke.

In the final weekend at Sheffield the 50m sprints resulted in a freesytle bronze, 10th in backstroke and 19th in the butterfly.

Teammate Ben Wilkinson, 13, gained personal best in the 200m freestyle and butterfly placing 21st and 19th respectively.

The 50m sprints saw tough competition for Ben, but despite this he produced impressive personal best times.

Henry and Ben are both thrilled to have earned qualification in numerous events at the North East Regional Championships in May.

It’s not often that Whitby Seals have the opportunity to swim in an Olympic size pool, so attending the Spring Yorkshires at Ponds Forge is an exciting experience.

Heidi Price, 15, took part in the 50m breaststroke and narrowly missed out on a final placing, but achieved a fantastic personal best time after an impressive swim.

Bailey Stamp, 13, faced some tough competition in the 50m freestyle, but made every stroke count also achieving an impressive personal best time.