Time is running out as Marlins swimmers seize their chance

A team of 27 swimmers from Mid Sussex Marlins took their penultimate chance to clock county qualifying times when they competed in an annual level 2 meet in Brighton

The pressure was on with only one meet scheduled before the county cut-off time but the local swimmers rose to the challenge superbly.

In all there were 30 county qualifying times recorded and two regional qualifying times. A total of 11 medals were also brought back to make it a great weekend for the Marlins.

CQTs came from Emma Shilton (12) in 100 free and she also claimed a silver medal; Anna Worsley (12) 100 free; Isaac Clark (11) 200 and 100 breaststroke; Ollie Mayhew (11) 50, 100 and 200 free and 100 breaststroke; Jake Newman (13) 100 free and a silver medal, 200 IM; Jennifer Nash (15) 50, 100 and 200 free; Naomi Shaw (15) 200 free, 100 backstroke and bronze medal; Sophie Shaw (10) 200 and 50 backstroke; Maddi Barnaby (12) 200 and 100 breaststrokeAlex Curry (10) 50 free; Will Curry (13) 200 free, 200 IM, 100 breaststroke and bronze medal; Robin Boyden (12) 100 backstroke; Jamie Dooley (11) 200 free and bronze medals in 100 backstroke and 200 free; Ben Stevens (11) 100 backstroke and 200 IM; Ryan Dooley (14) 200 IM, bronze medal in 200 breaststroke, silver in 100 free and 100 breaststroke and gold medal in 200 IM; Molly Firth (13) 200 IM, 200 backstroke and silver medal; Abby Rocky (14) 50 free.

Ryan Dooley and Naomi Shaw also deserve special mention for notching RQTs in the 200m IM and 100m backstroke respectively.

Also doing well were Claudia Banstead Schlup (9) and Olivia Teague (9) with the first CQTs of their young careers, Claudia in the 50m backstroke and Olivia in the 50m breaststroke.

Coach Paul Blyth said: “It was a great meet for the squad. After our problems with training in December and the Christmas break, all our swimmers showed great spirit in the pool.

“Everyone achieved a pb, numerous county/regional qualifying times and had fun poolside. Thanks to Brighton SC for running a great meet. Nic and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

All in all, it was a successful meet, proving that all the hard work in training pays off.