Young guns have point to prove in final meet

Luke Robins
Luke Robins
Havant & Waterlooville swimming club raised money with their channel challenge. Picture: Jonathan Stock

Havant & Waterlooville stars go to great lengths

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Portsmouth Northsea bring the curtain down on a cracking season at the Mountbatten Centre this weekend.

Swimmers from a host of local clubs will aim to finish with a flourish.

Meanwhile, others will be looking to get some valuable preparation work done for upcoming national competitions.

The event has been hugely popular, with entrants lists having to be closed for many of the races.

It is set to be a fitting end to a superb season.

Northsea head coach Paul Hogg said: ‘There’s a lot of swimmers who just missed out on national times this season.

‘Although this weekend is the last meet of the season and it is too late to qualify now, lots of those swimming will want to prove to themselves that they can make those times.

‘Hopefully those who have qualified for nationals can use this weekend’s meet as a sharpen-up before nationals.’

One individual hoping to set the record straight is Luke Robins.

The young star has had a hugely-successful season this year, with three podium finishes at the Scottish Nationals, including a win in the 200m freestyle.

Despite these achievements, Robins narrowly missed out on a national qualifying time.

He will be using this weekend as a chance to prove to himself that he has what it takes ready for next season.

Along with Robins, there are a host of other swimmers who, despite missing out on individual national qualifying times, will be competing in national relays.

Ryan Young, Sarah Hughes and Brandon Troy are among some of those who will be using the last meet of the season as valuable race practice ahead of nationals.

The action starts tomorrow at 1.10pm with the first race the girls 200m freestyle. On Sunday the first race is at 9.40am.

n Full report in Wednesday’s News.