Quinn makes a splash in schools' event

PUBLISHED: 12:13 24 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:31 26 October 2009

Swimmer Jonathan Quinn

Swimmer Jonathan Quinn

TEENAGE Hatfield Swimming Club star Jonathan Quinn was recently selected to represent England in the Schools International held at The K2 pool in Crawley. The Dame Alice Owen s School sixth former swam for England against Wales, Ireland and Scotland in

TEENAGE Hatfield Swimming Club star Jonathan Quinn was recently selected to represent England in the Schools' International held at The K2 pool in Crawley.

The Dame Alice Owen's School sixth former swam for England against Wales, Ireland and Scotland in the gala.

Quinn took part in three individual events and was also a member of the 4x100m freestyle relay quartet.

In the first of his races, the 200m individual medley, England finished first and second with Potters Bar schoolboy Jonathan just being touched out into second place by team-mate Daniel Sliwinski.

Quinn came third in the second of his individual races, the 400m freestyle, with a time of 4 minutes 07.69 seconds.

He also performed well in the 100m backstroke, the last of his individual events.

The Hatfield swimmer was this time the first English competitor home, being placed third in a time of 1 minute 00.81 seconds.

As part of the 4x100m freestyle relay squad, 17-year-old Jonathan and fellow team-mates Rob Bale, Daniel Mills and Anthony James swam an outstanding race to clock a championship best of 3 minutes 31.76 seconds to take the gold medal.

England were crowned overall champions at the end of the gala and a disco and presentation evening followed to celebrate.

Quinn is now focusing on gaining a place in the Great Britain team for the European Junior Championships.

This selection process takes place early next month in Sheffield, where other British swimmers will be looking to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The European Juniors take place in Belgrade, Serbia, from July 30 to August 3.

Quinn set British long course records in the 14 years age group for the 800m and 1,500m freestyle and the 200m individual medley three years ago.


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