Ripley RASCALS swimmers set for new national event

JAMIE INGRAM -- picked for national championships.
JAMIE INGRAM -- picked for national championships.
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Two swimmers from the Ripley RASCALS club have qualified fror a prestigious, new national championship event at the end of this month.

Jamie Ingram, who is 17, and Fearn Middleton, who is 15, will both be pitting their talents against some of the best swimmers in the country at the Ponds Forge international pool in Sheffield.

The British Summer Championships has been created after a shake-up of the national swimming competitions in this country.

It has been established as part of the British Swimming Performance Pathway strategy, which helps up-and-coming prospects like Jamie and Fearn.

Swimmers had to post long-course times within a qualification window between mid-March and late May, with the 24 top-ranked swimmers in each age group and event being invited to the Sheffield gala.

Jamie, who trains with Derbyshire’s elite Derventio Excel (DX) squad, qualified in 100m and 200m butterfly in the 17-to-18-year-olds category, and will also swim for DX in the relays. Fearn, who trains with the City Of Derby, qualified in 50m backstroke in the 16-year-olds category.

“Many congratulations to both swimmers on their tremendous achievement,” said Ripley RASCALS spokeswoman Babs Ingram.