Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club members excel in Level X Racing as quartet prepare for British Swimming Championships
Five Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club members have been named among the fastest in the country in a lockdown competition.
Swim England's Level X Racing was launched in October to enable club swimmers to pit themselves against fellow athletes in a virtual national tournament.
More than 16,200 swimmers from 430 clubs clocked up 94,000 swims before tightening of coronavirus restrictions forced the event to be hastily put on hold.
Stortford members managed to squeeze in two months of pool-based training in the early autumn before holding one Level X race night just prior to the second lockdown.
Kirsty Neill (13yrs) and Millie Fields (16yrs) secured top 10 finishes in England in their age groups, with the former achieving fourth spot in the 100m breaststroke and fifth in the 50m breaststroke while the latter was eighth in the 100m freestyle.
And top 20 finishes were achieved by Meisha Trend-Evans (14yrs) in the 50m and 100m freestyle, Jessie Fields (14yrs) in the 100m butterfly and Alex Catton (17yrs) in the 100m backstroke.
Meanwhile, Millie Fields, Catton, Niamh James and Bryn Couser are hoping finally to compete in the British Swimming Championships in April after it was postponed last year.
Organisers plan on holding the event at the London Aquatics Centre on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from April 14 to 18 if restrictions allow.
The competition will form part of the qualification process for the Tokyo Olympics and will also help select teams for the remaining 2021 summer international meets, both senior and junior.
Millie Fields has qualified in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle along with the 200m individual medley; Couser, who is now at Loughborough University, will race in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke; Catton will line up in the 100m backstroke; and James is in the 200m backstroke.