Harrison tipped for a big future in swimming
BRISTOL teenager William Harrison has been tipped for a bright future after recently qualifying for the 200 metres backstroke at the second round of Olympic trials.
The 17-year-old, a member of Soundwell Swimming Club, was the third youngest qualifier from an entry of 35 – and set a new personal best of 2.08.11 en route to a respectable 23rd-place finish. He is now ranked the sixth fastest in the country ahead of this summer's ASA National Youth Championships.
Soundwell head coach Matt Puddy said: "Will has got lots of potential and I know his goal is next year's short-course European junior championships.
"He is already on the South-West Beacon programme and is trying to get placed on the full English Talent ID programme. A top-ten ranking in the final of the nationals this summer would see him placed on the English Talent ID programme and, possibly, the shortlist for the European Junior Championships next year."
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A further 15 swimmers from the Kingswood-based club also posted lifetime bests at the ASA South West Championships for swimmers aged ten to 14.
Ben Thompson, 14, became the club's fourth swimmer to qualify for this year's English National Championships, clocking 2.18.85 in the boys' 200 metres butterfly.
Will Cole, 13, was another in fine form as he collected a silver medal in the 400 metres freestyle and finished sixth overall from 56 boys. Sam Lewis, 11, bagged a silver medal in the 200 metres backstroke.
Evie Reed, 13, Jack Keepin, 12, Abi Lacey, 14, Jedd Woodruff, ten, and Freya Bradley, ten, all made finals, while 13-year-olds Maddie Barnett and Rose Nicholson, Ara Wilson, 12, Joe Parker, 13, Ben Phelps, 12, and Jack Smith, ten, all sealed personal bests at their first championships, likewise new recruit Jorji Longdon, 12.
Particularly pleasing for the club was a seventh-place finish for the boys' 11-14 4x200 metre freestyle team – Cole, Thompson, Phelps and Parker – ranking among the best in the South West.
For further information on Soundwell SC, contact Puddy on 07788 297630 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.