SWIMMING: Pitts records national qualifying time

SWINDON Dolphin club captain Charlotte Pitts led by example to achieve a 400m freestyle national qualifying time at the Portsmouth Northsea Level One Open Meet.

Pitts picked up three golds and a bronze, and in doing so made sure of her place at the national finals.

The event provided a rare opportunity for over 15-year-olds to set a long course time, with most Dolphin swimmers looking to improve on existing times having already booked their regional championship places.

James Clark came close to adding the 100m and 200m breaststroke to his 50m freestyle national qualifying times, with impressive swims of 1:08.97 and 2:31.72 respectively.

Rebecca Flack took 10 seconds off her previous 200m breaststroke best to not only net her first regional qualifying time of the season but also take her a significant step closer towards her first individual nationals appearance.

Lauren Matthews and Georgina Pitts still continue to creep towards obtaining their own qualifying times.

In total there were 28 swims under the regional qualifying times including 19 improvements in existing times, with Samantha Berry and Adam Coleman both adding events to their existing portfolios. A total of 43 long course personal best swims included five from an impressive looking Coleman and three from Charlotte Gardo.

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