RASCALS secure a substantial medals haul at national event

Ripley Rascals
Ripley Rascals

The Royal Society of Lifesaving hosted the UK National Speed Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield and members of the Ripley RASCALS club came away with 25 medals for their efforts.

As well as the 11 gold, eight silver and three bronze medals, Ripley added five more UK record swims to the five national records RASCALS won in 2012, which remained unbroken this year.

Karen Dening, Dominic Bestwick and Adam Threlfall set new UK records in their age group and Olivia Broughton and Jessica Lockwood are a National Champions two and three times over.

The 31 RASCAL lifesavers competed in individual and team events over two days, and the final ranking for under 18 swimmers confirmed seven out of the top 20 in the UK are trained at the Ripley club.

Adam Threlfall ranked fourth and Jess Lockwood fifth, the highest placing for the club.

Six RASCALS have achieved places on the GB Performance Squad for 2013/14, announced after the championships, based on their performances.

They are Adam Threlfall, Frazer Crump, Susannah Allsop, Jessica Lockwood, Olivia Broughton and Fern Jackson.

The entire squad put in a fantastic performance and many personal bests were broken over the weekend.

See right for more on the individual performances.