Rugby swimmers come up against Great Britain hopefuls in Leicester - The Rugby Observer

Rugby swimmers come up against Great Britain hopefuls in Leicester

Rugby Editorial 25th Nov, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

SEVERAL Rugby swimmers pitted themselves against some of the finest swimmers in the country at the level one meet in Leicester over the weekend.

A host of Great Britain stars took part in the Leicester Open event which was open to all swimmers and the standard proved to be very high.

Jessica MacKenzie showed her potential by finishing a highly creditable third in the 50 metre freestyle and her time of 31.75 was a new personal best (PB).

She also swam a new PB in the 100 metre backstroke event after finishing in a time of 1:21.22.

Matthew Seaton showed his class by finishing runner-up in the 200m backstroke event in a time of 2:19.86.

Ellen Armeson clocked a huge PB in her 50m backstroke with a time of 33.78 to finish a fantastic sixth.

Elsewhere, Rugby chairman Simon Rigg and club president Ross Turner where racing Great Britain internationals of yesteryear at Ponds Forge in Sheffield with both swimmers looking to pick up points for the decathlon series.

Ross entered the 100m backstroke and finished in a respectable time of 1:06.27 which gave him 450 points which pushed him into the top 25.

He also entered and won the 50m breaststroke for swimmers aged 33-39 in a time of 30:03 which was enough to finish second overall and he also finished the 50m freestyle event in 25.27 to claim 57th overall.

Simon went intio the event with ibe clear aim – to clock his first sub 60 time of the year.

He began with the 50m breaststroke race finished runner-up in his age group (45-49) in 33.23, which was a season best time.

Simon followed that up with another season best in the 50m freestyle after finishing in 26.17, which was almost half a second faster than the previous year.

Simon is notorious for going out too fast in 100 metre races and dying down the last length, but equally going out too slowly never works either.

At the 50m stage he was at 28.39 and he did down the back straight to claim fourth place in a time of 59.21, which was his fastest time in over two years.

The next challenge for the Rugby duo is to produce at the European events next year where a little matter of Mark Foster is rumoured to be back in training just for the event in London 2016.


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