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Reading Swimming Club impress for five-medal haul at National Championships

Reading Swimming Club have been busy over the past 2 weeks competing at a number of national level competitions. These competitions are the biggest domestic swimming events in annual swimming calendar and forms part of a competition structure in Great Britain whereby the highest ranked swimmers in each event are invited to compete.

9 swimmers in total had qualified for the British Summer Championships, Swim England National Summer Meet and Swim Wales National Summer Meet in Sheffield and Swansea respectively, competing from 25th July - 6 August 2017.

Reading enjoyed their best performance for many years at a national level competition clinching 5 medals in total.

The club managed to secure 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze, 11 finalists and a 98% lifetime best strike rate from Sheffield and Swansea.

In week one, Lara Richmond (15), James Hart (13) and Silas Mendez (14) made their British Summer Championships debuts in Sheffield. Lara competed in the girls 15 years 100m backstroke, improving her national ranking by 2 places to 16th and set a time of 1:07.32. James competed in the boys 13/14 years 100m and 200m butterfly achieving 13th place in the 100m in a lifetime best of 1:01.70, and 1st reserve for the final of the 200m butterfly in a new lifetime best time of 2:17.25, setting the fastest time in the country for a 13 year old. Silas competed in the 13/14 years 50m freestyle and achieved 15th place in a time of 25.95, narrowly missing the final.

George Endersby (14) making his national debut in Sheffield started the competition rolling in week two by competing in the boys 13/14 years 100m breaststroke, setting a new lifetime best time of 1:13.84 and making 2nd reserve for the final.

James Hart (13) started week two of his national campaign by winning BRONZE in the 13/14 years 50m backstroke in a new lifetime best time of 29.64. James achieved 8th in the final of the 200m freestyle in a lifetime best time of 2:05.35. In the 100m freestyle he posted a time of 58.58 and achieved 13th place. In the 400m freestyle he set a time of 4:29.35 to place 12th and in the 50m butterfly James concluded his 2nd week of competition with a lifetime best time of 27.63, placing 6th in the final.

Silas Mendez (14) also featuring in week two in Sheffield, claimed BRONZE in the final of the boys 13/14 years 100m freestyle setting a lifetime best time of 56.19.

Lara Richmond (15) achieved a great result by stepping up to make her first national final in the girls 15 years 50m backstroke setting a lifetime best time of 31.36 placing 7th. In the 200m backstroke Lara placed 13th by setting a time of 2:29.32.

Jack Endersby (16) had a week full of tumbling times and lifetime bests in Swansea. Jack began his week in style by winning BRONZE in the final of the boys 17 years 200m backstroke setting a lifetime best time of 2:14.06. In the final of the 200m freestyle Jack set a new lifetime best time of 2:00.71 to place 6th. He also placed 6th in the final of the 200m IM in a lifetime best time of 2:18.06 and managed to clinch SILVER in the final of the 400m IM in another lifetime best time of 4:55.34. Concluding his successful week of racing, Jack narrowly missed out on a podium position in the 100m backstroke and set a time of 1:02.39.

Rebecca McMenemy (12) was in fantastic form in Swansea achieving 5th in the final of girls 13 years 100m breaststroke in a lifetime best time of 1:19.56.

Joseph Buxton (14) having set a lifetime best time of 2:33.74 in the heats of the boys 14 years 200m Breaststroke to qualify for the final in Swansea, spectacularly went on to win GOLD by setting a lifetime best time through every race distance segment, splitting 33.47 at 50m, 1:11.65 at 100m and a final time of 2:31.28 firmly securing his qualification for the National Winter Championships in Sheffield in December 2017.