Teenager Alix makes a splash

TALENTED teenage swimmer Alix Eastham had an outstanding five days of success at the Scottish National Age Group Long Course Competition in Sunderland.

The Alnwick Dolphin and Eyemouth swimmer went to the competition hoping to qualify for the finals in each of her events and continue her progression towards her goal of achieving a place on the Scottish National Senior silver squad.

And the 16-year-old’s aspirations were met in a week of personal best (PB) times in eight of the nine events she swam, including the 200m individual medley, 100m and 200m butterfly, 100m free, 100m back and long course PBs in 100m and 200m breaststroke.

Alix made it to the final in the 100m and 200m breaststroke, 200m IM (individual medley) and 100m and 200m fly – improving on her qualifying times.

She shines in the fly discipline, and she finished fourth in the final of the 200m fly, achieving a massive 3.5second PB, swimming four seconds below the GB national time.

On the last day of the meet, Alix exceeded herself and gained a bronze medal in the 100m fly, swimming another 1.5second PB, 2.5seconds below the GB qualifying time.

This achievement qualifies Alix to swim at the British Age Group Nationals held at the famous Ponds Forge Aquatic Centre in Sheffield in July where she will be competing against the best in Great Britain.

Alix is now ranked as third female in Scotland for her age group in her fly events and on target to achieve her goal.

Her achievements are testament to her determination in training, week-in, week-out.

Alix would like to say a massive thank-you to all who coach her at Alnwick and Eyemouth and a big thank-you to the staff at Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre for their continued support.