BOSSS Make Their Mark
Borough of Stockton Swim Scheme (BOSSS), had a great start to the recent Northumberland and Durham County Championships at Sunderland Aquatic Centre.
A total of 37 swimmers represented the scheme over the three weekends, bringing home a total of 9 gold medals, 21 silver and 14 bronze, as well as numerous personal bests and a large number of finalists.
The first weekend consisted of sprint events where BOSSS swimmers achieved 3 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals.
Best performance of this weekend was from 9 year old Arthur Llewellyn competing in his first championships. He achieved medals in all four events, gold in the 50m breaststroke, silvers in the 50m fly and 50m backstroke and bronze in the 50m freestyle.
William Ellis also swam well achieving silver in the 50m backstroke, Aidan Brown achieving bronze in the 50m fly and Faye McDonagh bringing home bronze in the 200m breaststroke.
The girls were led by Melody Jones who won gold in the 50m fly and silver in the 50m freestyle. Aeryn Marchant also swam her way to a gold in the 50m breaststroke.
Erin Donnelly achieved silver in the 50m fly whilst Seren Williams and Nicola Ribeiro also achieved bronze medals in the 50m breaststroke whilst achieving her National qualifying timr.
The second and third weekends of the Championships were just as successful for BOSSS achieving 6 gold, 16 silver and 10 bronze medals.
Leading the way was Aimee Hawke who achieved 4 gold medals in the 200m fly, 200m backstroke, 200m IM and 400m IM, and silver in the 100m fly and bronze medals in the 200m breaststroke and 400m freestyle.
Collecting silver medals and also her first ever National Qualifying times was Laura McCluskey in both the 200m freestyle and 400m freestyle.
Also achieving a National Qualifying time in the 200m breaststroke was Niamh McDonagh whilst collecting a silver medal, she also received silver medals in 200m IM, 100m breaststroke and 800m freestyle.Aiden McDonagh gained a silver in the 400m IM and a 4th in the 200m breaststroke and oalso obtaining his national qualifying time.
Erin Donnelly once again impressed winning 3 silver medals in the 100m fly, 200m fly and 200m freestyle.
Silver medals were also achieved by Aeryn Marchant in the 100m breaststroke and 200m backstroke and Millie Steele in the 400m freestyle.
For the boys there were impressive swims from Jacob Elwell achieving a gold medal in the 200m freestyle and silver medal in the 200m IM. Also collecting medals were Jacob Papple achieving a silver medal in the 400m IM, Arthur Llewellyn a bronze medal in the 200m IM and Aidan Brown a silver medal in the 100m fly.
Head Coach, Chris Leighton, commented ‘I am extremely pleased at the progress all the swimmers are showing. It’s great to see them achieve the rewards they deserve for their hard work’.