Northsea talents back in the pool

13587_SWIMMING_2/3/13''Portsmouth Northsea Swimming Club, Kelly Small. '''Hampshire Swimming Championships at Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (13587-090)
13587_SWIMMING_2/3/13''Portsmouth Northsea Swimming Club, Kelly Small. '''Hampshire Swimming Championships at Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (13587-090)

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Paul Hogg has challenged his swimmers to show their class in Portsmouth Northsea’s biggest meet of the year.

The club launch their Easter Open at the Mountbatten Centre tomorrow.

The four-day meet will see teams from across England, such as City of Coventry and Northampton, arrive on the south coast.

National qualification times are the order of the day and Hogg is keen to see his swimmers on top form.

The Portsmouth Northsea head coach said: ‘We need our top swimmers to be swimming fast. These are big clubs and we need to show we can compete.’

With eight sessions over the four days, there will be plenty of chances to impress.

Swimmers such as Oliver Kincart and Kelly Small have already qualified for the National Championships in Sheffield at the end of July but will hope to add further strings to their Ponds Forge bow this weekend.

Kincart, who has already met the 400m medley mark, will look to add individual qualifying times in a variety of other events.

Similarly, Small, who has already booked her place in the 800m freestyle and 200m backstroke, will be out to include the 400m freestyle and individual medley times to her repertoire.