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Golding tipped for Euro joy as Vale trio hit form
8:30am Friday 23rd August 2013 in Sport
THREE talented Vale prospects shone at the National Age Group Championships in Sheffield.
Chloe Golding and Tyler McLean, both competing for Ellesmere Titans academy, and Tazmin Pugh all made up the top five per cent in Great Britain with new personal bests and a final each at least.
Former Evesham club ace Golding, who impressed at the districts, tackled her first national championships after qualifying for seven events. She saved her best performance for the 14-yearold 100-metre backstroke, setting the fastest heats time with a new pb of one minute 3.51 seconds.
Matching the performance in the final, she stretched the favourite, Birmingham’s Brittany Horton, to her best time as Golding returned with silver.
Due to heavy scheduling, she missed some qualifying events but still finished 20th out of 147 in her age group and fourth out of the nine regional swimmers in the FINA points overall rankings.
Her head coach Alan Bircher said: “Chloe showed real character. I believe she will be challenging for the European juniors team next year.”
McLean, 12, from Charlton qualified for six individual events and set a 200m breaststroke pb in the heats, coming eighth.
Recording a three-second pb with 2.44.98 in the finals helped him to fourth GB swimmer and third in the United Kingdom end-of-year rankings.
A 1,500m pb was followed by another in the 100m breaststroke with final places and another fourth-place finish from the GB swimmers with his 1.15.57 ranked second in the UK.
McLean qualified for his third final in the 400m individual medley, finishing ninth and securing 10th place in the overall points in his 100-strong age group.
It has virtually guaranteed him an invite to join England’s talent development programme.
Then, in his first National Open Water Championships, McLean swam superbly in the 1,500m, clocking 19.53.50 to claim a 12-year-old boys’ bronze medal.
Pershore’s Pugh, representing the Worcester club, starts at Ellesmere College in September and qualified for five events in the 13-yearold age group, setting long course pbs in every event.
She qualified for the 100m butterfly final and recorded 1.05.60 to finish eighth, rising to second in the UK rankings from nearly a 3,000-strong group.
Pbs in the 400m freestyle (4.37.15), 200m butterfly (2.28.54), 100m backstroke (1.09.08) and 200m backstroke (2.27.57) meant Pugh finished 30th overall and fourth out of the 17 regional swimmers.
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