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Lifetime bests for Sarah in Scotland

THORP ACADEMY swimmer Sarah March achieved lifetime best times when she competed on the national stage in Edinburgh last weekend.

THORP ACADEMY swimmer Sarah March achieved lifetime best times when she competed on the national stage in Edinburgh last weekend.

March was mixing it with some of the best around in her age group at the Scottish National Short Course Championships.

The Elite Performer Programme swimmer impressed her coach and family by shining at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

She qualified for the 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke and was up against swimmers such as GB swimmer Hannah Miley.

March said "I am really pleased with all my swims and didn't expect to do as well as I have. I was especially happy with my 50 breaststroke and I couldn't quite believe it when I had finished in first place in my session."

March started by recording a new PB time of 1:17.46 in the 100m and was placed 16th out of 68 competitors. She finished 50th out of 108 overall.

In the 50m breaststroke she achieved a PB of 34.48. She was first from 95 competitors in her session and that placed her 22nd out of 134 overall.

In the 200m breaststroke she achieved a new time of 2:44.82. She was fifth of 51 competitors and finished 35th out of 91 overall.

March's coach, Ken Nesworthy, also commented that her performances were exemplary, not just on achieving great times but in her overall attitude and work ethic.

The Thorp student has also been working with Olympic medalist Nick Gillingham MBE and he Tweeted: “Congratulations. Great PBs, especially on the 200m. Well done.”