Vikings make promising start

First published in Sport

KNUTSFORD’S Vikings secured second spot behind hosts Trafford Metro at the calendar year’s first Peaks Plains League meeting last weekend.

They sent 37 swimmers to the gala, aged from nine through to 17-years-old, including a host of debutants taking part in a competition for the first time. And they adapted quickly, picking up enough points for Knutsford to finish 36 points clear of third-placed Altrincham.

“We just missed on top spot but not without a fight,” said coach Steve Parry.

Vikings swimmers recorded five wins between them, plus victories in the under 12s boys and under 14s girls’ medley relays.

Their race-winners were; Gemma Petty (under 12s girls’ 50m breaststroke), Valerie Marshall (under 14s girls’ 50m butterfly), Megan Thomas (under 14s girls’ 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle) and Calum Johnson (open boys’ 50m breaststroke).

Hannah Cooney, on her way to second position in the under 14s girls’ 50m breaststroke, swam faster than the lower time limit and picked up a speeding ticket.

Disqualifications in eight races hampered Vikings’ cause too.

Parry said: “The team put in a magnificent performance despite the disqualifications dished out.

“It means we’re in a good position in the league table.”

The Peaks Plains League is primarily an introduction to competitive swimming, with time restrictions so swimmers cannot take part if they have already raced faster than the lower limit for a stroke or age group.

The campaign resumes in April.

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