16 March 2009

Emma Gra­ham qual­i­fies to swim two events at the Euro­pean Junior Cham­pi­onships as the club get off to a fly­er on day one of the British Gas Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships in Sheffield.

Emma Gra­ham, coached by Dave Calle­ja, clocked a 6 sec­ond per­son­al best in the heats of the 400m freestyle, to fin­ish in 4:16.82. Good enough not only for a place in the final, but also a seat on the plane to Prague as the fastest qual­i­fi­er for the Euro­pean Junior Cham­pi­onships lat­er this year.

In the final, Emma was just touched out into 8th place but man­aged to set anoth­er per­son­al best clock­ing 4:15.46 in a world-record break­ing race!

Emma also com­pet­ed in the 50m freestyle, swim­ming a 26.88 to qual­i­fy in 16th for the semi-finals and for anoth­er swim at the Euro­pean Juniors.

Also swim­ming the 400m freestyle were young­sters Danielle Hall-Jack­son and Lucy Emer­son, post­ing times of 4:23.07 and 4:28.49 respectively.

Sprint­er James Har­ri­son com­pet­ed in the 50m freestyle and set a best time of 24.13 but was unlucky not to make the semi-final in a tough field.

Great Job Guys! Keep it up!!