Swimming - two more medals for COPS on final day at the national championships

Anna Blakeley and Mia Leech with their bronze medals.

Anna Blakeley and Mia Leech with their bronze medals.

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There were more medals for City of Peterborough Swimming Club (COPS) on the final day (August 9) of the ASA National Championships in Sheffield yesterday.

COPS had eight individual swimmers and three medley relay teams competing in the morning heats. Five of the individual swimmers and two medley teams qualified for the evening finals with personal best (PB) times once again falling like confetti and two more medals added to the already impressive haul.

Thirteen year-old Anna Blakeley qualified for the final of the 50m freestyle by posting a huge PB of 27.89 to qualify in third place. In the final there was just 0.5 seconds covering the top four places but Anna put in another PB to take the bronze medal in 27.65.

COPS had four swimmers qualify to compete in the 100m breaststroke heats. Mia Leech (13) and Amelia Monaghan (13) both reached the 12/13 years final with new PBs of 1:17.49 and 1:17:07 respectively to qualify third and second.

In the final Mia turned third fastest at the 50m mark just .25 of a second down on the silver medal place while Amelia turned in fourth place. At the finish Mia had closed the gap but she was just unable to catch the second placed swimmer despite posting another new PB of 1:16.01. Amelia finished fourth improving her PB to 1:16.46.

Fourteen year-old Lauren Harrison swam 1:19.40 in her heat of the 100m breaststroke to earn 13th place in the event and Hanna Jaszkiewicz (15) swam 1:18.64 to finish in 12th place in her age group.

Christie Woods (15) qualified as fourth fastest for the final in the 400m freestyle but despite swimming 3.79 seconds faster in the final Christie could only claim fifth place in a time of 4:34.45.

Eighteen year-old Daniel Powell qualified for the men’s 400m freestyle final in 10th place with a time of 4:13.07. Daniel improved his time in the final by 2.79 seconds to finish in eighth place on 4:10.26 – another new PB.

Jaxon Simmons (15) posted the eighth fastest time in the multi classification 100m butterfly heats of 1:14.61 which was a new PB. However, these events are decided on disability points and Jaxon’s total of 399 points placed him in 11th place just outside the qualification places for the final.

The final events for these championships were the 400m medley relays.

The men’s 17 years and over 400m medley team of Daniel Powell, James Newton, Joshua Graves and Lee Clarke qualified for their final in 10th place posting a time of 4:06.80 and that’s where they finished in the final.

The women’s 14/16years 400m medley team of Hanna Jaszkiewicz, Lauren Harrison, Christie Woods and Poppy Leech clocked 4:41.13 to earn them 14th place in their event.

The women’s 17 years and over 400m medley team of Mollie Allen, Chloe Hannam, Taylor Goodby and Aisling Ruff finished their heat in second place in a time of 4:32.87.

In the final the COPS team held second place from the start and led the chasing pack through 300m, but on the final leg the swimmers from Plymouth Leander and Hatfield overhauled the COPS swimmer in the final few metres to edge them into an agonising fourth place. The final time of 4:31.39 placed them just two tenths of a second off the medal places.