Sleights girl in British nationals swimming trio

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A Sleights swimmer is among a trio of youngsters at Loftus Dolphins AC which has qualified for the British nationals.

In its 27-year history, the club - which has just 59 swimmers - has not had as many national qualifiers in the same season.

Maia Hall, 12, of Sleights and a pupil at Eskdale School, has reached the English summer nationals along with team-mates Sean Armstrong of Brotton and Henry Hickson of Saltburn, both 14, who both also qualified for British nationals.

The two competitions run over consecutive weeks late July, and into early August.

Paula Thompson of Loftus Dolphins, said: “Their qualifying has been the icing on the cake for the club, where swimmers have been working hard and reaping the rewards.

“Also recently the club had six swimmers at regional age group champs and three at regional youth champs.

“They also had a win in the first meet of a new mini league against Driffield ASC and Scarborough Kingfishers, the team included some of our masters swimmers who helped us to a resounding 21-point win.”

This was closely followed by a charity meet hosted by Derwentside ASC, where a team of 22 swimmers competed over two days, winning a haul of medals, gaining personal best times and breaking club records.

It is back to training hard now, for Maia, Sean and Henry the next goal is nationals and for the club as a whole, Ponds Forge in Sheffield in July where Rotherham Metro host a graded gala where the swimmers and parents enjoy an end of season get together.