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      National Age Group Open Water Championships
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    Posted by: Admin  Friday, 13 January, 2006  03:30 PM
    Open Water Holme Pierrepont (The National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham) hosted the National Age Groups Open Water Championships on Saturday 27th August. Nottingham was a very congested City that day as the 4th Ashes Test was being played just down the road from Holme Pierrepont.

    Matthew Henry(15, Kelly College), taking part in his first Open Water Championships, played his part in the race of the day, along with Matthew Vyse (16)of Hatfield Swimming Club, the reigning Champion, having won the 13/14 year age group for two years and last year the 15/16 year age group.

    This year, for the first time, the swim was to be straight down the 2000m lake, with the 15/16 year age group swimming 1750m. This was great for the spectators as they could walk along side the swimmers, encouraging them on. For the swimmers it was not so good as they were swimming against the flow of the lake and the wind, which meant that times would be slower than previous years. The two Matthews swam the 1750m side by side all the way, first one slightly ahead and then the other. It was riveting watching, but in the end Vyse took the touch in 22.34.9 with Henry just 0.7s behind in 22.35.6.

    Luke Osborne, a new member to Kelly College, placed 8th just over 2 minutes behind the winner and Robin Shute of Dawlish came in 20th.

    Devon also two girls in the Girls 15/16 age group event -Gracie Dack of Barnstaple, after her second placing last year in the younger age group, swam really well to be fourth in this double age group. Caroline Ball of Dinnaton, competing at her first Open Water Championships, finished in 7th place, only 3 seconds behind Gracie.

    Ashley-Jayne Steer of Dawlish, also competing at the Nationals for the first time, was Devon's only representative in the Girls 13/14 1500m Championship, placing 16th.

    Matthew Henry, Kelly College, Matthew Vyse, Hatfield leading the way with third placed swimmer Lydon Harriman of Borough of Stockton.

    Matthew Henry, Kelly College leaving the water after the 1750m swim


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