Lizzie lead way as Marlins enjoy a year to remember

Chorley Marlins Swimming Club'Micro League team
Chorley Marlins Swimming Club'Micro League team

Chorley Marlins have been reflecting on an impressive year of many successes.

At the North West Regional Championships, Lizzie Woodcock won bronze in the 100m freestyle to secure a coveted place at the ASA National Championships.

That made her only the second Marlins swimmer to qualify for the nationals.

She is now ranked eighth in the country for her age group, first in the North West and has been selected for the England Talent Programme.

Luka Hyam obtained his first regional qualifying time in the 200 backstroke to become the youngest member of the club’s five swimmers who went to regionals.

There, he competed alongside Lizzie Woodcock, Jack Hardman, Alex Highcock and Chloe Cottam.

At the North West Inter Association, eight Marlins were selected to swim in the North Lancs gala.

Lizzie Woodcock, Georgia Ashton, Isaac Brennand, Jack Hardman, Elodie Smallwood and Alex Highcock were in the main squad, while Chloe Cottam and Luka Hyam were reserves.

Twenty medals were won at the Blackpool Gala to set another club record.

And 10 swimmers represented the Marlins in the City of Leeds Gala.

They were Lizzie Woodcock, Chloe Cottam, Milly Archangelo, Georgia Ashton, Ellie Anwyl, Isaac Brennand, Joe Archangelo, Scott Paynter, Bradley Astles and Jack Hardman.

Bronze medals were won by Joe Archangelo in the 10 years 50m breaststroke and by Jack Hardman in the 13/14 years 100m.

In the Micro League Division A, 29 Marlins travelled to Blackpool to compete in the swim-off .

And the team achieved their goal by finishing in the top two to keep their place in the top division.

Isaac Brennand excelled by taking the Top Boy award in Division A last year.

At the Worksop Gala, Marlins took 25 swimmers who returned with lots of personal bests as the team landed 31 medals – nine gold, 13 silver and nine bronze – to finish a very creditable third place.

At the Wrexham Gala, there were again a host of personal best times swam and a grand total of 39 medals were brought back to Chorley.

The coaching team says a big thank you to all those who supported the club by entering the sprint meet and distance meet.

Every credit goes to the level of commitment and attitude to training that each of the 230 registered swimmers have shown over the last 12 months.