A Wisbech Swimming Club athlete has qualified for national championships for the first time in two decades.
WSC’s Hannah Brown from Walpole St Peter swam a long-course 50m backstroke time of 31.94 seconds at an open meeting held at Corby.
Falling just inside the British Youth National qualifying standard, Hannah’s outstanding time means that she is eligible to compete against the elite of British swimming at the British Gas National Championships, held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, in August.
Long-course events are swum in 50m-length pools. The more common 25m length, including that at the pool at the Hudson Leisure Centre where 15-year old Hannah trains with Wisbech Swimming Club, are regarded as short course.
Long-standing members of the Wisbech club are unsure exactly who the last Wisbech swimmer was to gain a National qualifying time, but it is thought that Hannah is the first in as much as two decades.
Her coach, Greg Marsters, said: “Hannah’s achievement is excellent. She’s worked very hard to gain this time, in particular swimming in countless sessions to perfect her technique.”
He added that it was very important for Hannah to move forward from her qualifying time by working even harder in training to ensure that she is competitive at the national competition.
She has won a host of recent medals. The first weekend in May, Hannah competed in the 2014 East Region Youth Championships at Luton where she gained five Long Course personal bests and qualified to swim in two finals (50m backstroke and 100m backstroke).
The following weekend at the City of Peterborough Open Meet, she entered eight events, achieving seven golds and a silver.
Finally, Hannah competed at the Corby East Midlands International Swimming Pool at the Northampton Open Meet where on the first day she obtaining the national qualifying standard. On the Sunday, she competed in the 100m backstroke heats to progress into the final where she achieved second and a silver medal (as seen in the photo).