Swimming girls make waves

NDET 31-7-12 MC 3'Swimmers Jessie Westnidge and Imogen Morris
NDET 31-7-12 MC 3'Swimmers Jessie Westnidge and Imogen Morris
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Two members of Chesterfield Swimming Club have been making waves at the National Age Group finals.

Jessie Westnidge and Imogen Morris have come on in leaps and bounds over the last year and the pair both did really well to post great times and qualify for the finals which are held at Ponds Forge.

They were in excellent form at the Sheffield venue and exceeded all expectations by reaching the finals of their individal events.

Jessie, aged 14, hails from Marsh Lane and her speciality is the 800m freestyle.

She performed out of her skin in the 50m pool and came home in third place to claim the bronze medal.

Her finishing time was 9:14:14, an incredible improvement from the times of around 9:30 she was posting just a few months ago.

In addition, Jessie also reached the semi-finals of the 200m freestyle and the 200m butterfly events.

Imogen, 12, from Heath, also did really well to reach the final of the 200m breaststroke.

She came eighth, but demonstrated her class, and provided hope for next season, by reaching the final.

Performances at Chesterfield Swimming Club have been on an upward curve since Mark Tanner took over as head coach last November. Mark’s enthusiasm and dedication has provided the club, which is based at Queen’s Park Sports Centre, with a massive boost.

He said: “Jessie made an incredible step-up. I hope her achievement inspires other club members. Imogen also did really well to reach the final at Sheffield. She now has to take heart from this and see if she can continue to progress and win a medal next year.’’