Romford Town coach proud of squad
PUBLISHED: 15:21 08 August 2013
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Youngsters impress on national stage
Romford Town coach Gary Rogers hailed the efforts of his five young swimmers at the National Youth Championships in Sheffield last week.
GB Paralympian Amy Marren might have grabbed the headlines with four golds, two bronze and the prestigious Bill Juba Trophy before heading out to Canada for the World Disability Championships this week.
But Rogers was just as pleased with the performances of Elena Sheridan, Brock Whiston, Nic Rees and George Foley.
“It was a very encouraging week,” he said. “They all did well in their main swims and are all keen and enthusiastic to get back. There were lots of positives.”
Hall Mead pupil Marren won 400m freestyle bronze on the first day, then added gold in 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly and backstroke before another bronze in the 200m medley, where she set a new S9 European record of 2:33.35.
The 14-year-old rounded off her week with gold in the 100m freestyle and is hoping to make the podium in Montreal next week.
Rogers said: “She had a great week considering she was unrested and it looks good for the world champs.
“As a benchmark we were hoping for medals and those times. It shows she has progressed and can swim faster when rested.”
Sheridan had been taking antibiotics for a chest infection in the lead-up to the meet, having also been dogged by an ankle injury for most of the season.
But after reaching the 200m medley semi-finals, in her first year in the 17/18-year-old group, and placing fifth in the 100m butterfly, she won gold in the 200m butterfly.
Rogers said: “It was a real scrap, she really fought hard for it.”
Sheridan took bronze in the 400m medley, where her ankle trouble hampered her breaststroke, and Rogers added: “Elena had a good week of swimming and is off to Loughborough ITC now. She needs that challenge.”
Brock Whiston was close to her 50m breaststroke best before setting a new pb in her 200m heat and semi-finnal, only to just miss out on the final.
“It was one of her best swims. It was well judged and well paced,” said Rogers, as Whiston finished fifth among the younger swimmers in the 15/16-year-old category.
A fast opening to the 100m breaststroke proved costly, though, as Whiston came home outside her best, but she produced a good 400m medley swim in her final event, just outside her best.
Nic Rees, 23, was close to her 100m freestyle best before taking half a second off her 50m mark.
“Nic was very close to a senior county record,” said Rogers, “She was a fingernail away and just missed the final.”
Completing the Town line-up was Foley in the 17/18-year-old 1,500m freestyle.
Rogers added: “George qualified early in the season but is also trying to do four A-levels and his training has been disrupted.
“It was a very gutsy swim, not too far off his best. He had a good go and did himself and the club proud.”
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