Speedster Cole leads the way for Tring at Crawley meet

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Cole James scored another national qualifying time as Tring Swimming Club took part in the two-day Level 1 Long Course Open Meet in Crawley.

A total of 13 swimmers set off from Tring to Crawley for meet which acted as a good opportunity to gain experience in a 50m pool.

Head coach Justin Langford said: “This is a totally different event for our swimmers as they train in a 25m pool – they don’t get as many turns to give them the boost off the wall.”

The highlight of the weekend was the performance of James, 12, as he added a national qualifying time in the 200m breaststroke to the national time he achieved in the 100m earlier in the year.

Club chariman Jo Sansom said: “Cole has been training so hard. He deserves everything he has achieved and is becoming a great role model for our younger swimmers.”

Following the meeting, event rankings show James to be fourth in the country for both the 100m and 200m breaststroke in the 12 years age group.

Other impressive performances at the meet came from Greg Baxter (third in the 50m freestyle), Tom Frewin (fourth in the 200m breaststroke), James (third in the 100m breaststroke and second in the 200m breaststroke) and Langford (second in the 50m butterfly).

Meanwhile, Marcia Billingham, James Chennells, Emma Killin, Elly Sansom, Clemmie Waterhouse and Chloe Woodruff all achieved big improvements to their long course PBs.

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