The Yorkshire Long Course Championships 2020 has come to an end. The event was held over three weekends, at the John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds and Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield.
East Leeds had 11 individual entrants across 34 events. The club managed to achieve a total of 20 finals and 5 medals, from individual performances. Standout efforts came from Ryan Flanagan who demolished the field in the 50m Freestyle, touching the wall in a new open club record. Ryan also won the 50m Butterfly event. Samuel Lawman also managed to snag a bronze in the men’s 100m backstroke. Sam also had a dominant, gold-medal-winning performance in his preferred 50m distance. Rich Ayre, the sprint breakstroke ace, narrowly missed out on the gold medal in the 50m breastroke. On the female side, Emily Jones broke two long standing open club records, in the 50m breastroke and 50m backstroke.
The club also entered the Yorkshire Relay Championships. East Leeds were the reigning, defending 4x50m Freestyle Champions. The men’s Freestyle A team, comprising of Ben Taylor-Walsh, Alistair Crawford, Joseph Sadio and Ryan Flanagan were defeated for the first time in 2 years. It must be noted, City of Sheffield fielded several 2020 Olympic hopefuls in their conquest for victory. The men’s Freestyle B and C teams placed 4th and 10th respectively. In the medley event, the men’s A team, comprising of Samuel Lawman, Rich Ayre, Ryan Flanagan and Joseph Sadio were again, narrowly beaten for gold. The men’s B team also finished on the podium. The team included, East Leeds veteran, Phil Pratt, Ben Taylor-Walsh, Joe Stott and Alistair Crawford.
Full result can be found on the Yorkshire ASA website.
Posted by: Sam Lawman