CHRISSIE Jones was Northgate Swimming Club’s top finisher after four days of tough competition in the Midlands age group championships.
Chrissie came away with a silver medal while clubmate Aaran Darley just missed out on a podium place – finishing fourth twice.
The championships take place over two weekends at the 50m pool in Coventry and feature the best young swimmers from the East and West Midlands, taking in clubs from as far apart as Derby, Northampton and Gloucestershire.
Northgate were represented by Chrissie and Aaran in the 13-year age group and Cameron Minifie in the 10-year-old section, and all three produced some very good performances.
Chrissie’s medal came on the first day of the competition in the 200m breaststroke. Lying in fifth place at the last turn, she put in a tremendous finish to pull back to second place to claim silver.
She finished the day with a good swim in the 200m individual medley, beating many swimmers with faster entry times.
On the same day Aaran continued the fine form that has seen him qualify for the national championships by qualifying for the 200m backstroke final.
He swam a well-paced race to finish fourth, his best Midlands finish of his career to date.
Day two saw Cameron swim her first 100m breaststroke race in her first Midlands championships to finish in a good 20th place in a personal best time, adding to her experience of long course swimming.
Aaran then took two seconds off his 200m IM personal best in the notoriously slow Coventry pool and Chrissie stepped up the distance to swim a good race in the 400m freestyle.
Day three saw Chrissie swim her best 100m breaststroke for some time as she equalled her PB to finish just outside the medals in fourth.
She completed the day with 11th place in the gruelling 400m IM. Cameron took a big slice off her 200m breaststroke PB to move up to 18th place and complete a good first outing at the championships.
On the final day of the competition, Aaran again had a great swim in the 100m backstroke, winning his heat before finishing fourth in the final.
He also finished 21st in the 200m freestyle and Chrissie rounded off Northgate’s championships with a strong swim in the 200m freestyle.
The focus for Aaran now switches to the national age group championships at Sheffield in July, where he has qualified in the 200m backstroke. He will be hoping to build on this success in that event.