Swimmers secure bronze in nationals

swimmers bronzeSWIMMERS from Priestley College returned from a national championship with bronze medals this week.

Andrew McLay, Adam Ravenscroft, Bradley Harrison and Aaron Hill helped the North West secure third place in the British Colleges National Swimming Championships.

“We’re really proud of their achievements,” said Priestley Tutor Katie Radford, who accompanied the students to the competition in Millfield.

“They train hard so finishing third in the country is just reward for their efforts.”

Students from Priestley made up half of the North West team and each contributed to the final result.

Points are allocated for the position each swimmer finishes in their races and added to their region’s total with double the score for final placings.

McLay swam the 200-metre medley in 2:26.14 to qualify for the final where he finished fifth.

In the 50-metre breaststroke Ravenscroft swam the heat in 30.85 to finish third and was also third in the final of the 100-metre breaststroke in 1:09.50.

Harrison finished fourth in the 50-metre backstroke heat and sixth in the final in 31:95.

All three – together with Hill – swam in the 50-metre freestyle relay winning the heat in 1:44.90 and qualified first for the medley relay final with a time of 1:57.60.

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