Amy and Joe impress at regional finals

Top Swimmers Joe Kelly and Amy Corcoran . Pic Richard Ponter 152508a
Top Swimmers Joe Kelly and Amy Corcoran . Pic Richard Ponter 152508a

Two of the younger generation of Scarborough Swimming Club members Amy Corcoran, 13, and Joe Kelly, 12, are showing their potential.

The duo took part in the prestigious North Eastern Region Long Course Swimming Championships, held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.

Qualifying for nine events between them and spread across two full weekends at the beginning of June, the standard of competition was extremely high.

Rule changes to competitive swimming now mean that qualification to the ASA summer national level competitions, is via the 24 fastest, 12 to 13-year-olds in the English rankings across a six-week window of competitions.

Both swam strongly, earning personal best times in all their events, Kelly making the finals for his 200 IM, 50m,100m and 200m breaststroke races, finishing in the top 10 of his events and narrowly missing a podium place in his 200m breaststroke.

Corcoran was focused and determined, making the finals in all her events and finishing in fifth place, for her 50m breaststroke in a time of 36.93seconds, clinching her first summer national place.

She narrowly missed her national time in the 100m breaststroke but went on to storm the heats of her 200m breaststroke with a six-second PB, taking the silver medal in the finals and securing her second summer national time.

Amy now joins Scarborough teammate Jace Cappleman, 17, in the English Championships in August.

She finished in the top 10 with a great PB swim, in her 800 freestyle at the senior NERs in May and earned her invitation in this event.

Sam Greetham, club president and head coach at Scarborough Swimming Club said:“These young swimmers are a credit to the club.

“The club is very proud to be supporting all these athletes to develop to such high levels.”