Crusaders hold their own against the country’s best

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Linslade Crusaders have been competing against the best swimmers in the East region of the Country this bank holiday weekend and once again have held their own and returned with an impressive medal haul.

Eight swimmers, Cameron Manley, Joe Talbot, Daniel Hill, Tom Pickering, Victoria Sanderson, Annalise Wright, Megan Bunyard and Lauren Avis have all competed at the Youth Regional Championships at Luton Inspire pool.

Crusaders were swimming against clubs from as far a field as Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire as well as the great and good of Bedfordshire.

Cameron Manley took the bronze in the 16yrs boys 50m Breastroke final before bagging another bronze in the boys 16yrs Butterfly final. Annalise Wright took the bronze in the female 15yr 50m Breastroke final.

Other finalists included Joe Talbot battling hard in the boys 200m Breastroke final, Cameron Manley in the 16yrs boys Backstroke final and Daniel Hill in the in the 16yrs 50m Breastroke final.

Megan Bunyard Annalise Wright, Lauren Avis and Victoria Sanderson competed in the girls 14/16yrs 400m Medley Relay and the 14/16yrs 400m Freestyle Relay and achieved new club records in both events.

Not to be out done, Cameron Manley, Daniel Hill, Tom Pickering and Joe Talbot achieved the same feat in the boys 14/16yrs 400m Medley relay and the 14/16yrs 400m Freestyle relay.

Headcoach Adrian Smith said: “I am extremely proud of the swimmers, they have represented Crusaders swimming club in a very positive way, both in and out of the pool. No one should under estimate what they have achieved this weekend.”

The 14yrs and under Regional Championships takes place in Norwich on the weekend of May with Crusaders having four of our younger swimmers qualifying; Finn Bunyard, Walter Hackett, Amber Hill and Ellie Matthews.