Louth Swimming Club's sensational second at prestigious area meeting
TEAM manager Sarah Richardson hailed Louth Swimming Club's second-place finish in the final round of the 2012 National Arena Swimming League East Midlands Division One as a "sensational achievement".
The Louth team finished with five wins, ten second and nine third-place finishes, helping them to come second overall in a field of five other teams.
Fifteen-year-old William McIntyre finished with two individual wins and he shared the 'Swimmer of the Night' accolade with the girls 13-year-old and under freestyle and medley relay teams, who also enjoyed two wins.
McIntyre won the 100-metre backstroke 15-years and under race by 0.7 seconds over his closest rivals from the Dereham Otters team before dominating the 100-metre butterfly, winning by a five second margin.
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Richardson said: "As usual, William gave 110 per cent in both of his individual 100 metre swims.
"He never looked like he was going to be beaten at any time!"
The girls 4x50m medley team also started the night as they meant to go on.
Marie Schneider led off on the backstroke, to get her team off to a great start.
She was closely followed by Lily Miller on breaststroke, who again put in a great swim, followed by Emma Maw on the butterfly.
With the team in a close battle between third and fourth place, Sofie Schneider then entered the water on the last freestyle leg.
She stormed her way through the opposition, coming in first place, by just 0.5 seconds.
The same four girls repeated their performance later in the evening in another exciting freestyle 4x50m relay, with lead swimmer Miller finishing with a personal best (PB).
Louth's only other winner was 11-year-old Emma Harrop in her favoured 50m freestyle event.
Richardson added: "Emma managed another PB time, beating all the other teams by half a second in the end.
"She was determined not to be beaten and it showed in her strong swim."
Second places went to the boys 13-years and under and 15 years and under 4x50m medley and freestyle relay teams.
Louth's Boys Open 6x50m freestyle relay team rounded off the night in show-stopping fashion by holding off the team from eventual gala winners Lincoln Vulcans A to finish an excellent second.
Richardson said: "Everyone helped massively towards the final outcome on the night.
"With several of our swimmers missing on the night, it was a tall order to finish third, so to come second was absolutely sensational.
"As a result of this stunning performance, we secured one of our highest finishes in the league, which is absolutely fantastic for us."