Members of Bassetlaw Swim Squad earned eight medals across two national swimming events this month
Natasha Utley, aged 17 of Tuxford Academy and Retford Swimming Club, has returned home as a hero after winning gold in the womens’ 17 years and over 200m Butterfly event.
Utley managed to overtake Stockport Metro’s Jessica McDonough and Guildford City’s Tilly Hansen-Hamilton with just 15 metres remaining; achieving a time of 2:19.90, her second personal best time of the day.
Joe Seage, aged 20 of Retford Swimming Club, dominated the men’s 200m Individual Medley, securing a gold medal by almost 200 points at the Summer National Championships.
The Bassetlaw swimmer, who is in the SM14 category, achieved a personal best time of 2:19.68, which earnt him 787 points.
Seage is currently third place in Britain ahead of the Para Olympics next year, after claiming the Swim England National title in the men’s MC 200m Freestyle; a silver medal in the men’s 100m Butterfly; and a bronze medal at the British Summer Championships in Glasgow.
BSS had further success at the Swim England National Summer meet, as debutants Alicia Clark and Cillian McGuiness hauled bronze and silver medals.
Clark, aged 13 of Valley Outwood Academy and Worksop Dolphins, earned two silver medals and a bronze medal in the women’s 12-13 years 400m Individual Medley and 200m Backstroke.
McGuiness achieved a bronze medal in the men’s 14 years 800m Freestyle event and has moved up the British rankings, going from 19th place to 9th, in the 1500m Freestyle category.
BSS members that also competed in summer events included: Malachy McGuiness (50m Freestyle); Amelia Stevenson (400m Individual Medley); and Isabella Hobson-Corbett (400m Individual Medley and the 3200m Backstroke).
Harry Benzies, aged 14, set new personal bests in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke events, qualifying for two finals in his age group.
Michael Glossop, Head of Performance Swimming at Bassetlaw Swim Squad, says: “To see such great progress in such a relatively small period of time is amazing. We’ve only been established for two years and already winning medals on a National stage.
“These swimmers have worked incredibly hard over the past 11 months and the results speak volumes about their attitude and personalities.
“The two boys that competed in Glasgow at the British Swimming Summer Championships did a great job, as did coach George Hobson in what was her first time coaching athletes at that level, and for Joe to swim a two second PB and win Bronze was incredible.
“Natasha has demonstrated how BPL’s Bassetlaw swimming pathway can really work, which is remarkable. She’s gone from learning-to-swim at Worksop Leisure Centre to National Champions! The support from BPL’s continued investment into performance swimming for the local area is really paying dividends.
“I would also like to thank other areas of our support network: physiologist Dr Danny Taylor at the University of Lincoln, nutritionist Alex Brown MSc and Strength & Conditioning coach David Jakeman; as well as all the local schools in the area for supporting these athletes to perform at their best.”