Sampher claims silver medal at Regionals

SILVER MEDAL: Beth Sampher
SILVER MEDAL: Beth Sampher
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Newmarket swimmer Beth Sampher took home the silver medal at the Regional Youth Championships in Luton earlier this month.

The 16-year-old was among 19 swimmers representing West Suffolk Swimming Club, with the best competitors from Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire all in action during the three day event.

Sampher took to the water on the final day of the competition, and earned a place in the final of the 100 metre backstroke after finishing seventh in the heats.

A new personal best in her next race saw the Newmarket swimmer qualify for another final in second place, with an eighth place finish in the 100m backstroke final followed by second in the final swim of the day to take home the silver medal.

Early in the competition Sampher finished 10th in the 200m butterfly, while 15-year-old Jake Thomas-Mansfield just missed out on a place in the final of the 100m butterfly after finishing in 11th.

Thomas-Mansfield set a new personal best in the 100m freestyle in another 11th place finish, while Molly Ollington took fourth in the 17+ final with a new personal best.

Ollington also claimed fifth place twice as well as sixth in her next three races to qualify for three finals, with Thomas-Mansfield swimming two more personal bests in the 50m freestyle and 200m backstroke.

In her first final, Ollington swam to seventh in the 50m backstroke, before taking sixth in the 17+ 100m.

Ollington set a new personal best in the 100m freestyle final to finish in fifth, just missing out on breaking the one minute barrier.