Tremendous achievement for Ripley swimmers

RASCALS swimmers recently competed in the third and final round of the Notts Autumn League competition at Arnold.

They finished in fourth place on the night, and third place overall when the results from the three rounds were taken into account, a tremendous achievement for RASCALS, who were competing against some much larger clubs.

The younger members of the team put in a particularly strong performance. Jess Lockwood (13), who has had a very successful 2011, won the 50m breaststroke with a personal best time of 40.50 seconds, and Laura Trapp continued her strong comeback from injury with a win in the 50m butterfly in 35.05 seconds.

Both then helped the freestyle relay team (with Fearn Middleton and Isabel Thompson) to an impressive first place.

Jamie Ingram (13) won three individual races, with a new RASCALS ‘all-time-best’ time of 31.81 seconds in the 50m backstroke. He also won the 50m butterfly in both the ‘13 and under’ and ‘15 and under’ age groups. Matthew Cross (11) also produced two fine individual performances to win the 25m butterfly and 50m freestyle events.

It was a very close competition, so every hard-fought point gained by the team was crucial. Overall, the team put in a steady performance, and were unfortunate to find themselves in sixth place with six races to go.

In a thrilling finish, Jamie and Laura’s victories helped pull RASCALS up into fourth place, which is where they finished.

Personal best times were achieved by Alice Richards in 50m backstroke, Isabel Thompson (50m breaststroke), Fearn Middleton (50m backstroke), Ben Coyle (50m backstroke), Jacob Coyle (50m breaststroke), James Steeples (50m freestyle), Jess Ratcliffe (50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke), Rob Sheard (50m breaststroke) and Xander Parr (50m butterfly)

New head coach Glenn Fisher was delighted with the result: “I am so pleased with the whole team performance – every swimmer tried their best, and collectively pulled off an excellent result. I am proud of them all, and very much looking forward to building on this result in 2012”.