Harrogate squad ready for Ponds Forge tests

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Ponds Forge Sheffield will be the venue for the British National Youth Swimming Championships, and Harrogate Swimming Club’s performance squad are looking to make their mark in the pinnacle of their season.

They will compete against the very best youth swimmers in Britain and many established stars of the sport.

A national finalist last year in the 200m backstroke, Matthew Rudolph, 17, competes again in his favoured 100m and 200m backstroke events together with the gruelling 400m individual medley.

Sixteen-year-old Brandon Chan achieved a national final place as a 14-year-old.

After last season was marred by injury, Brandon will want to make an impact on the 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly. In the 100m butterfly, he will go head to head with club mate, 16-year-old Joe Porter.

A qualifier in both the 100m and 200m butterfly Rossett School student, Joe will also be looking forward to his favoured second event the 200m fly and to progressing further out of the heats of the competition.

Charlie Lonsbrough, 17, competes in the challenging 1500m freestyle. He will also compete at the National Open Water Swimming Championships later in the year.

Seventeen-year-old Lauryn Dean has again made her mark at county and regional level and qualified to swim in the 50m and 100m butterfly together with the 50m freestyle.

Breaststroke swimmer Matthew Law, 16, and freestyle sprinter Nathan Hale will join Chan, Rudolph and Lonsbrough in the two 4x100m medley and freestyle relay events where they achieved regional medal success in May this year when qualifying for this event. Coach Ian Spencer has high hopes that the two quartets can make a national final.

In the national disability swimming championships, in Sheffield, 16-year-old Harrogate Club member Chloe Buck has a busy schedule.

She has competed in all four strokes over various distances plus a 200m individual medley. Chloe competes as an S9 athlete for all events except breaststroke where she is classified as an S8.

In the British Swimming World Championship trials at the end of June Chloe achieved six personal best swims out of seven events making three national finals.

This event was ‘Multi-Classification’ meaning that Chloe was up against British athletes from the London 2012 Paralympics. Both Chloe and fellow Harrogate swimmer Danielle Bailey are funded by British Swimming as part of the ‘World Class Podium Potential Programme’ and have the next Paralympics firmly in their sights.