Great Britain’s Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) saw its 2016 Northeast Region Youth and Senior Championships meet take place this weekend, spanning April 30th to May 1st. After acquiring the meet’s qualifying standards, the region’s fastest young talent aged 15 and older gathered at the Sunderland Aquatics Center attempting to take home individual event and team titles at the ASANER competition.
One swimmer who stole the show was Leeds’ Georgia Coates who, at 17, snatched up 5 individual event titles over the 2-day meet. Coates made a name for herself at the British Championships last month, where she earned a bronze in the women’s 200m freestyle. Her performance was enough to secure a spot on her nation’s Olympic roster, where Coates represents the youngest swimmer of the entire GBR squad.
At the ASANER meet, Coates kicked off her 5-win campaign with a first place 200m IM time of 2:15.27, followed by a 1:02.00 gold medal-garnering 100m butterfly. She wrangled in a trio of freestyle victories before the meet was done and dusted, claiming the 50m race in 25.96, the 100m distance in 56.22 and the 200m freestyle 1:59.50 to wrap up a dominating performance.
On the men’s side, Newcastle Swim Team’s Nicholas Pyle raced his way to a new British age group national record in the backstroke sprint race. After solidifying himself as the top seed in the 50m backstroke with his morning outing of 26.83, 15-year old Pyle followed up with an even swifter performance at night, scoring a time of 26.21 to register as the new national age group record holder in the event.
Catch all of the meet’s results here.