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Proud Pioneer salute record-breakers

Lancashire Telegraph: Pioneer swimmers show off their silverware Pioneer swimmers show off their silverware

PIONEER 79 Swimming Club warmed up for next month’s County Championships with with a record breaking display at the Bolton and Manchester Age Group Championships.

A total of 43 swimmers travelled to Manchester Aquatics Centre for the gala held over two weekends.

And between them, the set 146 Lancashire qualifying times with three swimmers setting 10 new championship records.

Ewan McKavett, Natasha Rogan and Niamh Robinson had officials rewriting the record books with some stunning performances in the pool.

Ewan, 12, a pupil at St Christophers High School, set a new record in the 100m butterfly in his age group, knocking over a second off the previous best and his time of 1min 08.74 secs was an astonishing four seconds faster than his pb.

It places him fastest in his age group in the North West and fourth in the country. He won a total of four golds and five silvers.

Westholme pupil Natasha, 11, set three new records on her way to winning six golds and two silver medals to place her among the top swimmers in the country this year.

In the 50m butterfly, Natasha swam 31.45secs to knock nearly two seconds off the previous best time and make her the fastest 11-year-old in the country.

Her time of 1min 10.48secs in the 100m butterfly was the second fastest in the country.

And she swam the quickest time in the UK to rewrite the record books in the 50m freestyle, her time of 29.20 secs just 0.6 faster than the existing record.

Not to be outdone, 13-year-old Niamh Robinson set six new records on the way to picking up an incredible 12 gold medals.

The Canon Slade School pupil had an outstanding competition.

She won the 50m breaststroke in 34.97secs to place her third quickest in the country.

She completed a hat-trick of breaststroke records, winning the 100m in 1min 14.53secs and knocking an five seconds off the 200m record with a time of 2min 38.35secs.

She also won the 100m backstroke in 1min 08.46secs and smashed the 200m individual medley by eight seconds with a time of 2mins 25.23secs.

Arguably her performance came in the 100m freestyle which she won in 1min 02.21secs.

Other medallists were: Isabel Forest, 10 (3 silvers, 3 bronze), Benjamin Makin, 10, (1 bronze), Martha Smith, 11, (2 silver, 2 bronze), Ellis Perris, 11, (2 silver), Connor Roberts, 11, (2 bronze), Alice Harding, 13, (1 bronze), Matthew Sharpe, 13, (1 silver), Joseph Murray, 13, (1 gold, 2 silver), Millie Hall, 15, (2 bronze), John McKavett, 16, (4 silver, 3 bronze), Thomas Gilroy, 16, (2 gold).

Pioneer also won the women’s club competition and were named overall top club with 476 points with Aquabears runners-up with 445.

Niamh was named top 13-year-old girl while John McKavett was first in the 16 years and over.

Natasha was second girl in the 11 year category and Izabel Forrest third in the 9/10 age group.

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