Harrogate Hydro swimmers collect medals and National Youth qualifying times

Harrogate Hydro Swimming
Harrogate Hydro Swimming

The 2014 Yorkshire Championships held at the John Charles Aquatic Centre Leeds proved yet another satisfying meet for Harrogate Swimming Club’s head coach Ian Spencer.

His swimmers produced a haul of medals and plenty of top ten finishes across a wide age range from 10-18 years.

Seventeen-year-old Matthew Law completed two fine swims to register a first place in the 200m breaststroke event and second place in the 100m breaststroke.

The second event gave him his second National Youth Championship qualifying time for 2014.

Club mate James Thompson finishing a close third behind him in the 100m event.

Eighteen-year-old Matthew Rudolph had four podium finishes winning the 200m backstroke, two second places in the 100m backstroke and 200 individual medley and a third place in the 1500m freestyle.

Nathan Hale, also 18, produced a fantastic performance in finishing third in a strong field in the blue ribbon 100m freestyle event.

His time of 53.80 seconds giving him a thoroughly deserved National Youth Championship qualifying time.

A consistent county medallist over the years Lauryn Dean, 18, finished second in the 100m backstroke.

Other Harrogate finalists were Anna Marley 12, Daniel Patko 10, Charles Lonsbrough 18, Will Stevenson 16 Kieran Saphir 10, Ruth Marley 14, Louisa Wright 16, Oliver Bell 17, Isabelle Lepine 11, Serra Hale 16, Robbie Granger 16, Brandon Chan 17, Joe Porter 17, Kate Lewis 15, Tom Plant 10, Jordan Saphir 13, Ella Hampson 11, Chris Patko 14, Matthew Patko 15 and Lucy Woodcock 13.

Matthew Law and Nathan Hale’s success at qualifying to swim in the 2014 British Gas Youth Nationals means they join Joe Porter, Brandon Chan, Matthew Rudolph, Charles Lonsbrough and Lauryn Dean in heading to Sheffield in the summer with Louisa Wright and James Thompson also within a whisker.

Matthew Rudolph alone heads to the British Senior Nationals in April to compete at the Commonwealth Games trials with team mate Joe Porter narrowly missing out.