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Swimming: Henderson sisters shine at swim events

By David Kelly

Published 31/10/2007

Sarah Henderson is celebrating a great start to the swimming season, having bagged six gold medals at the Potential Olympian Series meet at the Grove Centre.

Henderson, who swims for Bangor, won every race she entered in the 15 years category, while sister Rachel continues to shine, winning the 12 years breaststroke at the Age Group Superstars event.

Sarah (pictured left) had the second fastest swim of the day, behind Melanie Nocher, in the 100m free when she won her category in 1:01.55. She then added 50m free gold in 28.47.

The other four gold medals came in the 50m breaststroke (38.84), 50m butterfly (31.11), 200m freestyle (2:12.08) and 50m backstroke (32.06).

Mother Heather, who helped organise the Ulster Minor Schools championships, said: "Sarah has been working very hard, and this shows excellent improvement in her times since moving to Bangor in February."

At the Ulster Minor Schools the junior squad in Ards swimming club enjoyed eight medal winners - three gold, four silver and one bronze.

Sophie Allen claimed gold in the 50m butterfly, and silver in the 100m individual medley.

Mark Rea also claimed gold in the 50m butterfly, as well as bronze in the 50m freestyle, while Craig Bradshaw picked up gold in the in the 50m breaststroke, and silver in the freestyle.

James Brown, one of the youngest members of the squad, took silver in the 50m backstroke, and 100m individual medley.

The club's Dolphin and Porpoise Squads, which incorporates swimmers aged nine to 11, also enjoyed success. Lauren Dickson gained silver in the backstroke, while three swimmers took bronze - Rhys McClenaghan in backstroke, Malcolm Corry in breaststroke and Sam Manley in butterfly.

Speaking about the event, Heather Henderson said: "It was an incredible spectacle and achievement for the Ulster Schools Swimming Association. A gala of this magnitude would not have been possible without the help and support from the Swim Office."

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