Emily Longstone
Eleven year old Emily Longstone was the star of the show at the ASA National Age Group Championships 2010. She came away with two Championship titles, in the 100m & 200m Freestyle, and a Silver medal in the 400m Freestyle after five days of competing at Ponds Forge from 28 July – 1 August.

“They were so supportive,” said Emily of her Sheffield fans. “I could hear them all cheering me on and it made me want to go out there and do well. It’s my first year here and I wasn’t expecting a medal, I just wanted to get some good competition experience so I’m really pleased.”

Huge congratulations from everyone at CoSSS – fantastic job!

It was a brilliant five days of swimming for all our swimmers and they have much to be proud about.

Day 1 saw Emily win her first Championship title in the 100m Freestyle in 1.03.05 having qualified for the final in 8th place. Sam Budd (11) made it to the final of the 100m Back and finished 6th (1.12.36) with PBs in both heat and final. Cian Senior (12) and Matthew Smith (11) swam in the 200m Breast. The boys 4x100m Freestyle Team were in action. Luke Smith (13), Alex Lenthall (14), James Dethick (14) & Adam Peel (14) swam a fantastic heat to get to the final finishing 10th overall. Then the girls 1500m Freestyle took place with Mollie Wood (12), Antonia Heseltine (12) and Jenny Knowles (13) competing and all having great swims.

Day 2 in the girls 400m Freestyle Emily Longstone (11) and Mollie Wood (12) both made it through to the finals, Emily winning her Silver medal and Mollie finishing 7th. Lucia Wood Bonelli (11) swam into the final of the 100m Fly and finished 8th. Cian Senior (12) made it through to the final of the 200m IM and finished 9th. Also swimming today were Sam Budd (11) in the 100m Freestyle & 200m IM, Alex Haines (12) 200m Fly, Megan Hudson (13) 200m Breast, Amy Treslove (11) 100m Fly, Jenny Knowles (13) 100m Fly & the girls 4x100m Freestyle Team, Jenny Knowles (13), Emily Longstone (11), Freya Mitchell (13) & Mollie Wood.

Day 3 was a busy day for finalists. Emily won Championship title number two in the 200m Freestyle in a fantastic time of 2.15.35 having qualified in 5th place.

A good day for Sam Budd (11) reaching the final of the 200m Freestyle, finishing 9th, and the 200m Back finishing 5th.  The boys 4x200m Freestyle Team, Luke Smith (13), Alex Lenthall (14), James Dethick (14) & Adam Peel, had another exciting heat and final finishing 8th having started the competition in 21st place.  Amy Treslove (11) finished 9th in the 200m Fly final.  Mollie Wood (12) swam the 200m & 800m Freestyle finishing 7th in the 800m.  Antonia Heseltine (12) also swam in the 200m & 800m Freestyle finishing 10th in the 800m.

Day 4 and it was a great day for Luke Smith (13) who finished a fantastic 4th in the 200m Freestyle (2.03.08) and 6th in the 800m Freestyle (9.03.26) both in massive PB times.  Sam Budd (11) qualified for the 200m Freestyle final and finished 10th.  Also swimming today were Matthew Smith (11) 100m Breast, Cian Senior (12) 100m Breast, Alex Haines (12) 100m Fly, Matthew Olivo (12) and the girls 4x200m Freestyle Team Jenny Knowles (13), Mollie Wood (12), Freya Mitchell (13) & Emily Longstone (11).

Day 5 saw Sam Budd (11) rounding off the Championships in the final of the 400m IM in which he finished 7th having had a really successful first National Championships – well done SamAmy Treslove (11), Jenny Knowles (13), Cian Senior (12) and Alex Haines (12) all swam in the 400m IM today.  And the girls 4 x 100m Medley Relay Team were also in action Freya Mitchell (13), Jenny Knowles (13), Mollie Wood (12) & Emily Longstone (11).