The five Northgate swimmers qualified for finals in every event they competed in and achieved seven club records and six medals between them.
Cameron Minifie proved to be a real golden girl as Northgate swimmers celebrated a fantastic weekend at the West Midlands youth championships. Cameron, 15, was untouchable in the butterfly events at the championships at Coventry, taking gold in 50m, 100m, and 200m – despite her November birthday making her one of the youngest and smallest swimmers in the 16 years age group. She also added a silver medal in the 50m freestyle and claimed club records in 200m butterfly and 200m backstroke, in which she finished fourth, as well as two PBs in what is a notoriously “slow” pool.
Cameron had a very busy weekend, with nine events and seven finals – she qualified for two further finals but withdrew to avoid her programme becoming too congested.
Jenna Edmunds and Jack Darley each added silver medals to Cameron’s tally, with Jacob Shinton and Jennie Ballinger chipping in with club records. Jenna took 50m breaststroke silver in a club record and personal best time, as well as finishing fourth in both the 100m (PB) and 200m breaststroke finals.
Jack, in his first long course competition for three years, took silver with a determined 400m freestyle and finished fourth in the 200m backstroke final. Jack has a further championship event to come when he races the West Midlands 1,500m freestyle at the end of this month.
Jacob, in his first regional competition, claimed a club record in the 50m butterfly final and a further PB as he finished fourth in the 200m butterfly. He also reached the finals of the 100m butterfly (sixth) and 200m individual medley (fifth).
Jennie broke club records with PB times in all three of her breaststroke events, including fifth place in the 200m final in the tough 17 and over age group.
There will be lots more chances for regional glory when eight of the club’s younger swimmers contest the West Midlands age group championships, also at Coventry, at the end of May.