Northsea duo end championships on a high in Sheffield

Lauren Steadman is joining Northsea
Lauren Steadman is joining Northsea
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Alexander Edge, nearest camera, begins his backstroke bid. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

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Portsmouth Northsea ended the ASA Youth Championships with a silver salvo in Sheffield.

Northsea brought the curtain down on the event in memorable fashion at Ponds Forge, as both Lloyd Young and Alexander Goodman collected silver medals.

Goodman finished second in the 50m butterfly in the disability F7 section with a time of 37.87sec.

Young, meanwhile, delivered his podium place with a brilliant display in the 50m freestyle, taking 0.2s off his personal best to finish second in a dramatic 17-18 year race.

The talent registered an effort of 23.52 to beat Ealing’s Felix Samuel to second by 0.01s.

His performance was a fitting finale for Northsea at the youth event which followed off the back of the age group championships.

And his effort saw him well inside the time needed to make it to the Olympic Trials next year.

Northsea coach Paul Hogg was delighted to see medals picked up at the end of the meet.

He heaped praise on both swimmers for delivering and also paid tribute to the host of competitors from the club who improved on their best times at national level.

Hogg said: ‘We’ve saved the best to last and managed to get two silvers, one disability and one able-bodied.

‘Alex Goodman did a two second personal best to get his medal and Lloyd Young knocked 0.2 seconds off his best time.

‘That also means he’s got his qualifying time for the Olympic Trials.

‘Lloyd was ranked second in the country this year but you still have to go out and do it – and he nailed it.

‘You don’t know how people can improve and how it will work out.

‘That was seen with the boy who was faster than Lloyd not medalling.

‘The 50m freestyle is such a short event that if one thing goes wrong you’re dead.

‘It’s the same as the 100m in athletics.

‘It was a good, positive week for us. The relay team improved from their qualification and the 4x200m team made the final.

‘We’ve improved on times and rankings, so you can’t really ask for more from the guys than that.

‘It’s about improvements. In some cases that will mean medals and some not not but we have come away feeling positive.

‘They know they deserve to be on that stage now and that gives them confidence.’

Northsea’s army of promising swimmers now have a period of rest before returning to the water.

That will give Hogg and his team a chance to look at the club’s squads and look at any possible movement between them.

Northsea have also been boosted by the news Lauren Steadman will be joining them.

Steadman is focusing on making an impression at the London Paralympics next year and will arrive from Peterborough in September.

She was part of the Great Britain 4x100m freestyle relay side who stormed to record-breaking victory at the European Championships last month.

Hogg said: ‘We have Lauren coming to us in September and that is very exciting.

‘I was at a camp in Cyprus in October and we hit it off.

‘She could have gone to Loughborough but chose to come to Portsmouth.

‘She was part of the relay squad who broke the European record at the European Championships.

‘She swam in Beijing and will be aiming for London next year.’