Swimming: Saffron Seals win again

PUBLISHED: 15:28 15 October 2012

SAFFRON Seals claimed victory in the final Essex Mini League (EML) series of the year.

The fixture was held at Clacton last Saturday and once again Seals’ swimmers fought hard, with most events having very close finishes.

Seals won with 158 points, followed by Colchester (145), Braintree (140), Clacton (132) and Havering (110)

PB times achieved by Seals’ swimmers were:

10 years & under (50 metres)

Backstroke - Isla Yarrow 43.30; Harry Kaemer 47.30

Breaststroke - Kate Woods 52.11; Josh Rogers 52.52

Butterfly (25m) - Samuel Peck 21.21

Freestyle - Zachary Haynes 37.25; Emma Sarginson 35.74

11 years & under (50m)

Backstroke - Anna Halsey 41.89; Nathan Wright 43.25

Butterfly - Grace Mellor 40.57

Freestyle - Christian Channer 35.98

13 years & under (50m)

Backstroke - Rebecca Green 37.85

Breaststroke - Alex Howlett 41.62

Butterfly - Lewis Naughton 34.90

Freestyle (100m) - John Boyle 1.12.96

14 years & Open (50m)

Backstroke - Robert Chappell 35.09

Breaststroke - Keely Edwards 42.71; Sean Saville 39.84

Butterfly - Emily Abrey 35.16

Freestyle (100m) - Daniel Benton 1.06.91

Of the five legs of the EML 2012 season Seals came first in four and second in one. However, the finished league placings have yet to be announced because another fixture was being held at Basildon.

At the time of going to press, Saffron Seals were in fourth place - a hard-won achievement by all concerned, lifting the squad from eighth position in 2011.

And next year sees a new challenge for the Seals. As well as competing in the EML, the club has joined the Essex Swimming League (Division 4) with their first four fixtures being held at Basildon Sports Village.

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