Stratford Sharks trio end season in spectacular style

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Stratford Sharks’ trio of Seren Mahon, Elinor Bird and Tom Beamer with coach Dirk Cox.

STRATFORD Sharks swimmers Elinor Bird, Seren Mahon and Tom Beamer ended their season in style at the ASA National Championships.

Bird and Mahon qualified for the Welsh ASAs, while Beamer was involved in the English ASAs, in what is the pinnacle of many young swimmers’ careers.

Seren swan in nine events, posting five personal best times. In the 800m freestyle, she smashed 13 seconds off her previous best to snatch a bronze medal.

“I’ve got to be pleased with that,” said Mahon.

“I’ve finished the swim season with all these PBs and a medal. The hard work is paying off and I can’t wait for next season to begin.”

Bird competed in eight events over six days, with the requirement to qualify for the finals it saw her have to race on 13 separate occasions.

Despite the heavy workload, Bird soared to gold in the 200m breaststroke, while she also bagged silvers in the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

Beamer’s challenge took him to the English ASAs in Sheffield. He had qualified in one of the toughest events — the 200m butterfly.

Beamer won his heat, smashing the club record in the process. Making the final was his target for 2016 and he finished ninth with an intention to return and claim a medal next year.