Seagull swim success

Three of Hastings Seagull’s top female swimmers have enjoyed major success at the British Gas ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Swimming Championships 2012.

Speedster Hannah Keen travelled to Ponds Forge Aquatic Centre in Sheffield determined to add further honours in what has become a tumultuous year of success and achievement.

Already the 2012 Sussex Open Champion and all-time Sussex County Open record holder in both the 50m and 100m freestyle, and the 2012 UK National aged 19 years and over champion in the 50m freestyle, Keen did not disappoint.

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Not only was she crowned the UK National Masters aged 25 to 29 years champion in both the 50m and 100m freestyle, but in finishing more than two-and-a-half seconds ahead of her nearest rival, set a new all-time UK and European Masters aged 25 to 29 years record in the 50m distance with a fantastic time of 25.61.

Club-mate Megan Alsop became the aged 18 to 24 years champion in probably the most gruelling and challenging indoor swimming endurance event of them all - the 400m individual medley - finishing ahead of her rivals in an impressive time of 5.19.10.

She also finished third in the 200m butterfly and eighth in the 50m butterfly, both in the same age category.

Laura Hoodless, competing at her first major event after recovering from a long term injury, finished a remarkable second in the aged 50 to 54 years 400m freestyle event in a time 5.29.21.

She also came fourth and sixth respectively in the 200m and 100m freestyle, both in the same age category.