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Sheridan shines for Romford Town

PUBLISHED: 13:11 24 October 2010

Swimmer wins full set

Romford Town swimmers made a good impression at the Lincoln Vulcans Open Meet at Ponds Forge on Saturday.

With some of the best youngsters from around the UK taking part, Town’s Brock Whiston, 13, was close to her best in the 200m medley, clocking 2mins 36.81secs.

Elena Sheridan won Town’s first medal of the day in the 14-year-old race, taking silver just three-tenths behind gold in a new best of 2:25.94.

Nicola Rees also set a personal best in the 16 & over section, but finished outside the top 10.

Harry Coker made inroads towards a national qualifying mark in the 200m backstroke when taking three seconds off his best to finish fifth in 2:23.88.

Daniel Stepton, 18, was a little off his best in a tough open race, but managed to finish eighth, a mark he repeated over 100m.

In the 200m freestyle, George Foley finished just 0.11secs off a bronze medal in 2:07.50, while Joshua Rogers set a new best of 2:16.83 as he and Charles Sturley finished just outside the top 10.

Whiston was some way short of her best in the 200m butterfly, which came soon after the medley, but still finished sixth, while Sheridan produced a strong second half in her race to claim gold by more than five seconds in 2:17.30.

Sheridan added a bronze in the 200m freestyle in a best of 2:10.27, while Coker followed his personal-best fourth place in the 200m medley with brozne in the butterfly.

Foley and Sturley were not far behind in fifth and sixth, finishes they repeated in the 100m, but Foley had little time to recover for his favoured 400m freestyle and was fifth again.

Rees began the evening session with a top-10 finish in the 50m freestyle, before Sheridan claimed her second gold in the 100m butterfly and rounded off a fine day’s work with bronze in the 200m breaststroke.

Whiston powered to an emphatic win in her age group, taking gold in 2:52.65, some seven seconds clear of the chasing pack and would join Sheridan in the Essex team for the National Inter-County event the following day.

Jake Harrison, 18, showed his improving form in the 200m breaststroke to finish fifth, while Harriette Davis, who showed plenty of effort in her four outings, made a promising start to her 400m freestyle, before coming home in seventh.


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