Emma helps propel Dolphins to fourth-place finish
LOUTH Swimming Club hosted the first regional round of the prestigious National Arena Swimming League at the Meridian Pool.
The Louth Club, known as the Dolphins, competed against five other teams at the East Midlands Division One gala.
Sherwood Colliery, City of Milton Keynes, Lincoln Vulcans A, Modernians and Melton Mowbray were the opposition.
Louth had five wins, six second places and eight thirds on the night – and finished in a creditable fourth place overall.
The Louth Swimmer of the Night accolade went to 11-year-old Emma Harrop, who was involved in her team's first relay win of the evening.
The girls' 9-11 years 4x50m freestyle relay started with Ely Miller clocking a new personal best time before handing over to Megan Gilpin. Then Paige Kelly got the team into fourth position, but they were still around four seconds behind the leaders.
However, Harrop blasted past the opposition with a strength and determination that proved unstoppable, bringing the team from fourth to first. They won by an impressive 1.5 seconds.
Harrop was also Louth's only individual winner during the gala, in the girls' 9-11 years 50m freestyle.
This was a closer battle – she won by just one tenth of a second.
The next relay win went to the boys Under-13 4x50m medley team of Kieran Young, Tom Harrop, Ivan Koslow and George Hobbins.
The boys' Under-13 freestyle team also had a victory. The successful quartet were Joshua Wright, Tom Harrop, Kieran Young and George Hobbins. The boys' Under-15 freestyle relay team, consisting of Sam Swaby, Daniel Challis, Fin Fox and William McIntyre, were the next Louth team to taste victory.
Round Two of the competition takes place next month.
Final Positions: First – City of Milton Keynes 222; second – Lincoln Vulcans A 208; third- Sherwood Colliery – 199, fourth – Louth 163; fifth – Modernians 154, sixth – Melton Mowbray 99.