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SWIMMING: Hogg rises to his latest challenge
HE missed out on a medal, but Ashley Hogg has reason to be happy after competing in half a dozen disciplines at a national championships.
Dave Pettengell, head coach at Winsford Amateur Swimming Club, praised the teenager’s tenacity after a testing week at the British Gas ASA National Youth Championships.
“Physically and emotionally Ashley was put through the wringer,” he told the Guardian.
“It was a new experience for both of us, but he should be proud of what he achieved.”
Hogg, a student at Grange School in Hartford, narrowly missed out on a medal in the under 16s boys’ 2km open water swim at Rother Valley Country Park in Sheffield.
One of the youngest swimmers in the 20-strong field, he placed fourth in 23:27.60.
He switched straight to the pool to compete in the 100m butterfly the following day, clocking a personal best 58.58s.
Pettengell said: “To go from open water to a sprint in the pool is an enormous test, particularly as Ashley was drained after putting so much into the previous race. Usually an athlete would have longer to recover than that.”
Hogg was just short of a personal best in the 200m IM when he returned to the pool again, timing 2:14.86.
The outcome in the 200m breaststroke was a similar one, this time clocking 2:33.44, to give nothing away about what was to follow.
Back in action for the 1,500m freestyle, he stormed to victory in heat three of eight.
The 15-year-old’s time – 16:28.21 – was more than 20 seconds faster than his previous best performance.
Pettengell said: “Given what he had been through earlier in the week, it was one of the best swims I have ever seen him do.”
Another lifetime marker in the 400m IM, this time a 4:45.27, completed a fine week.
Clubmate Oliver Rose competed for the first time at a national championship in the under 16s boys’ 100m breaststroke, lowering his lifetime best to 1:09.43.
Rose and Hogg joined friends Alex Law and Callum Chapple to represent Winsford in the 4x100m medley team relay.
Together they timed 4:04.76, beating their result in qualifying by more than two seconds to place just outside the top 35.
Law, swimming backstroke on the race’s first leg, clocked a new personal best of 1:02.18.
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