Gardner races to county glory

TEENAGER Olivia Gardner was in brilliant form as she stormed to 17 medals at the Shropshire County Championships in Wolverhampton.

The 15-year-old trains with and races for the swimming academy at Ellesmere College Titans.

Gardner and her Titans team-mates broke 53 Shropshire County and 62 club records during a weekend of stunning performances.

The former Wyre Forest Swimming Club won five golds, ten silver, two bronze, setting two Shropshire and five club records in the process.

She took gold in her very first swim at the start of the four day Championships in the 200m freestyle in a time of two minutes and 07.09 seconds.

Olivia was back to the top of the podium again in the 800m freestyle in a new county record of 8:57.21.

In the 400m freestyle, she once again took first with her second county time and was also the fastest girl in the pool of any age with another personal best recording 4:22.15.

Ellesmere College Titans brought home a staggering total 347 medals including 161 golds from the 727 qualifying swims, finishing top of the team standings with a 500 point margin.

Meanwhile, Gardner got her first international call-up for the West Midlands squad which attended the European Swimming Meet, were teams from across the Continent were competing for medals.

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