05 February 2013
The Modernian Swimming Club cemented their place as Bedfordshire’s top team with an exceptional performance at this year’s East Region Age Group Championships. The club managed to finish in sixth position in the medal table having won a total of 23 medals with nine Golds, six Silver and eight Bronze medals. This was the clubs best ever performance in the regional age group championships and they finished as the highest Bedfordshire club by far winning more medals than the rest of the county’s teams put together. The competition took place over two weekends at the UEA 50m pool in Norwich and there were 15 Modernian qualifiers who managed to amass 42 final swims between them.
On an individual basis Kaelah Lawson was the most successful Modernian winning 5 Gold, 1 silver and 1 Bronze medals as well as winning the trophy for the being the top ten year old girl in the region. Paddy Keaveney also won a trophy for being the top 13 year old boy in the region winning 2 Gold, 5 Silver and 1Bronze medals. Aiyanna Lawson also won a hatful of medals with 2 Gold and 2 Bronze medals. Two other sisters that also won medals were Katie and Emma Shoobert. Both girls won bronze medals and made numerous finals. Other swimmers to make finals were Llywelyn Wake, Mea Roberts, Molly Bow, Kerry Delaney, all in their first regionals championships, as well as Sophie Pedder. Other swimmers who competed at the championships were Matthew Peck, Hannah Hawkins, Margarida Neves, Joe Munno and Bethany Dolan completing the biggest team the Modernians have sent to this competition.
Success at the regionals mirrors the success of the club at the County Championships where the club out performed all the opposition finishing top of the medal table with 95 gold medals. Chief Coach Ian Douglas stated that ‘results at the regional championships show the improvement at the club over recent years. The swimmers, parents and all the staff are showing greater commitment and understanding of what it takes to be a high performance swimmer in a high performance club’. The club currently have seven swimmers who have qualified for the National Championships in July and August.