Gould-en girl Imogen qualifies for British swimming championships

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SENIOR club captain Imogen Gould did HUCKNALL FALCON proud again when qualifying for the British Championships at Manchester in March.

Imogen made the grade with a fantastic performance at the Burns Meet held at the Ponds Forge pool in Sheffield where she finished sixth in the final of the 100m breaststroke and clocked a personal-best time of 1.14.72.

She also recorded times in the 50m breaststroke and 200m individual medley (personal best) good enough to qualify her for the senior national championships later in the year.

Said a Falcon spokesman: “The club are extremely proud of what Imogen has achieved so far. Her commitment in training is something to be admired and she is a true role-model for all our other swimmers.

“Hopefully she will continue improving and who knows where it will lead. A lot of credit must go to her parents, Martin and Mischka, and younger sister Olivia for all their support.”

FALCON were less successful in the Notts Minor Gala League (Spring Competition) when a decision to put out a weakened team backfired.

The club were anxious to give some of their squad much-needed experience. But against strong opposition, they finished last of six in the First Round gala at Bramcote.

At least the younger swimmers performed well, including many in older age-groups. The pick was ten-year-old Maje Felton, who won the girls’ 25m butterfly in only her second gala for the club.

Falcon’s only other victory came from the boys’ 12-and-under 4X1 freestyle relay team of Sam Murden, Jarrod Davies, Kyle Raison and Josh Pearson.

Second places went to the experienced duo of Steven Catton in the men’s open 100m butterfly and Kirsten Gilding in the girls’ 12-and-under 50m butterfly.

Special mention must also go to 13-year-old Lauren Straw, who stepped in at the last moment to swim in the ladies’ open 100m butterfly and knocked ten seconds off her previous best time.

RESULT — Sherwood 220 points, Arnold 180, Leander B 163, Ripley Rascals 152, Calverton and Bingham B 146, FALCON 103.