Another county title for Maddie

14/03 Updated: 14/03 14:32

TALENTED teenager Maddie Spalding was in sparkling form on the second day of the Warwickshire ASA Championships at Coventry Baths.

The 15-year-old Leamington ASC ace stormed to success in the 50m breaststroke to become county champion for the second year running in a time of 34.71.

Spalding was joined in the final by team-mates Ellen Stone, 15, and Sophie Vale, 14, who both earned bronze medals for their age groups confirming Leamington’s strength in this event.

Meanwhile, 12-year-old Harry Manship powered to victory some 3.5 seconds ahead of his nearest rival to gain a superb gold in the 11/12 category for the 50m breaststroke in 36.88.

Manship then went on to collect silver after clocking 2-16.20 in the 200m freestyle.

The backstroke events produced some great achievements with Kieran Curran, 11, gaining second place in the 100m for the 10/11 age group in 1-23.01, while Max Clark, 14, snatched bronze in the 12/14 category in 1-11.51.

The 200m girls event saw Sarah Brades, 15, taking a great silver for her age group in a time of 2-28.95 which also earned her an overall bronze.

Joint successes in the 400m medley relays saw the men’s team of Stuart Parker, James Wardle, Rob Robson and Jonty Cartwright taking the bronze medal in 4-18.65, while the girl’s team of Sarah Brades, Maddie Spalding, Justine Clark and Mel Mcwhirter went one better and secured silver in 4-39.54.

There was plenty of excellent swimming with significant overall pb’s.

Harry Spalding, 10, clipped three seconds off his 50m breaststroke time, while Connell Parker, 10, improved his pb by eight seconds in the 200m freestyle.

Derry Linton, 11, reduced her 200 individual medley time by five seconds and 12-year-old Imogen Butler had impressive swims in the 100m freestyle, in which she slashed six seconds off her pb, and the 200m individual medley. Amy Pettigrew, 13, added the 100m freestyle to her collection of Welsh National times.

The championships conclude this Saturday.

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