Lauren shows few nerves at national event

PUBLISHED: 11:19 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:31 06 May 2010

Lauren Steadman with her coaches Nick Metcalf (left) and Ashley Morris

Lauren Steadman with her coaches Nick Metcalf (left) and Ashley Morris

Lauren Steadman came away with a silver medal and five finals from her first open age nationals. The Disability Sports Events (DSE) nationals were held in the 50m Ponds Forge pool in Sheffield and attracted national teams from 32 different countries as we

Lauren Steadman came away with a silver medal and five finals from her first open age nationals.

The Disability Sports Events (DSE) nationals were held in the 50m Ponds Forge pool in Sheffield and attracted national teams from 32 different countries as well as the best from Britain.

The Biggleswade swimmer first did the 400m freestyle and set a long course personal best (50m time) finishing in 6:17.04 and claiming seventh place in her category.

Then in her next swim, the 100m butterfly, she staked a place in the B final. Her final swim was two seconds better than her heat swim.

On the second day, she reached the finals of the 50m freestyle and the 100m breaststroke.

In the breaststroke, she swam the race of her life to claim a silver medal in the category.

Turning in third, she hauled back one of her older rivals to touch her out in the final metre and claim a stunning personal best.

On day three, she set about claiming a B final place in the 100m freestyle and an A final place in the 100m backstroke.

Lauren, having reached two qualifying times, has been asked to apply for the World Class Potential Squad for next season.

* Biggleswade Swimming Club and elite partners Mid Beds Swim Squad went to the City of Milton Keynes Open Meet.

Their swimmers recorded best times in over half their events and in the 100m fly all the girls achieved personal bests.

The weekend saw 10 Biggleswade club records fall between Helen Baldrance, Emily McConnell and Shauna Lee.

An outstanding 28 medals were brought home with Charlotte McConnell and Shauna Lee winning almost half the medal haul between them - Charlotte won three golds, two silvers and two bronzes and Shauna won four golds and two silvers.

Other medal winners were Abigail Lavallin, Emma Jones, Danielle Lee, Robert Baldrance, Rachel Hollington, Christian Stokes, Carmen Mallet, Helen Baldrance, Katie Tavener and Emily McConnell.

* Biggleswade swimmers starred as Bedfordshire hosted the inaugural East Region Inter-County gala at the Saxon Pool.

Harriet Brettle claimed victory for Beds in the 13/14 100m free in a time of 1:01.90, followed immediately by Adam Ingledew who won the 100m free in 55.96 and earned first place in the national rankings.

Sue Morris took second place in the 17/O women's breaststroke, while Brettle was third in the 13/14 backstroke.

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