Bourne Grammar School pupil Alex Wray has rarely been out of the headlines at any swimming event for the past two years.
With each passing gala he has surpassed his previous efforts; there are times when a swimmer will stabilise for a period before further improvement.
Alex’s performances have shown no sign whatsoever of stabilising as he has developed from a good club swimmer to one of the top swimmers in the country.
He had three absolutely scintillating performances over the weekend at the Lincolnshire County Championships at Louth to establish himself as champion in three events.
Swimming for Deepings Swimming Club he took the county champion title in what many would regard as the blue riband event, the 100m freestyle, in a time of 50.15 gaining a new county short course record as an 18 year-old. He also holds the record as a 17 year-old. He also took the 50m Freestyle title where he now holds the short course county record as a 16, 17 and 18 year-old.
In the 100m Breaststroke final Alex took control of the race from the start, he eased his way through the first 50m and picking up the tempo for the final 50m bringing it home in a time of 1.05.09 to take gold.
Alex will therefore start the year as Lincs county champion at 50m and 100m Freestyle and also 100m Breaststroke. This young man has had an absolutely remarkable 12 months of swimming.
One of the outstanding individual performances of the championship was provided by 14-year-old Tom Adams. He is now without doubt one of the top swimmers in the county and he entered the gala with the added pressure of being the swimmer that the others were looking to beat.
Luckily for Tom he appears to thrive under competition pressure and is an incredibly determined swimmer and single minded in his desire to win. This is why he won the finals of the 50m and 100m Breaststroke, the 200m IM and 200m Butterfly. He took silver in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Fly and bronze in the 100m Freestyle.
Bethany Eagle-Brown led the way for Deepings swimming club, when she won the girls 200m IM (as a 13 year old). From her eight events Bethany collected three gold medals, three silvers and a bronze medal and a handful of age group medals.
Meanwhile 14-year-old Emily McCann continued to build on her recent good form with a powerful swim of 28.86 in the freestyle heats to secure a place in the finals and ultimately made top spot with a time of 28.77, setting a new club record and taking the 15 year-old age group title. She had a good swim in the heat of the 50m Breaststroke finishing in 6th place to make the final. In the final she showed good form which brought her a much deserved bronze. She managed to complete the set of medals by finishing 2nd in the 100m Freestyle final.
Bailie Harrison put in a terrific performance in the girls 50m Butterfly posting a time of 30.00 in top spot to make the final. She was quick off the blocks in the final and went even faster posting a time of 29.76. The time not only gave her a silver medal but also a Midland qualifying time and a new club record.
To round off the last weekend of competition for the 2016 County Championships was the boys’ 1,500m and the girls’ 800m events. All the swimmers swam extremely well but the two most notable performances came from Tom Adams and Chloe Jones who were on dazzling form. Tom won his age group and took the junior championship title bring home two gold medals. Chloe smashed her personal best times to finish second in their age group and brought home a junior championship silver medal and an age group silver medal.
Age group medals were won by Joseph Lind, Benjamin Beedell, Bethany Eagle-Brown, Chloe Jones, Alexandra Cooper, Jessie Spooner and Emily McCann who all put in incredible performances.
Midland Qualifying Times were achieved by Tom Adams, Benjamin Beedell, Chloe Jones, Emily McCann and Alexandra Cooper.