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Salford swimmers clean up at North West championships

A talented group of students from Salford City College’s Eccles and Walkden Sixth Form Centres have excelled in the North West heats of the Association of College’s (AoC) swimming championships.

Three of the seven who took part in the event at Lancaster University will now go on to compete in the AoC Sport National Championships on 15-17th April 2016.

The college sport National Championships is one of the largest annual sporting events in England, involving over 1,800 college students and 200 staff.

The 2016 National Championships will be held across Newcastle, Sunderland and Gateshead. The swimming finals that the three Salford City College students will compete in will be held at Sunderland Aquatics Centre.

Former Fred Longworth High School pupil Jodie Alder, 17, who studies on the Health & Social Care Cadets course at Walkden Sixth Form Centre, came 1st in the Women’s 50M and 100M Backstroke rounds. She will now go on to represent the College in the national championships next year.

Another student going through to the national finals is Laura Boardman, 16, who studies A-Levels at Eccles Sixth Form Centre and is also former Fred Longworth High School pupil. Laura came 1st in the Women’s 100M and 200M Freestyle.

The final Salford student heading to the finals in April is fellow Eccles A-Level student and former Fred Longworth High School pupil Lewis Clough. The 17-year-old bagged gold in the Men’s 100M and 50M Freestyle.

Photo: Hayley Price, Jess Sloan, Matt Walker, Jodie Alder, Laura Boardman, Lewis Clough and Scott Cummings

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