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Swimmers set sights on more records in 2018
Monday 12th February 2018 @ 14:39 by Mark Phillip

Ashton swimmer Ben Haughton has been making a splash over the past 12 months.

As well as representing Ashton in the pool, Ben also competed for Comast throughout 2017.

The 13-year-old progressed from the County Squad to the Regional Squad and started to transition to the National Squad at the end of December 2017.

Through his development, Ben has now set official ranking times in 11 long course events and 13 short course, covering all four swimming disciplines and ranges up to 1,500m. He has lowered his personal bests throughout the year in every event.

Ben enjoyed a memorable 2017 and wants more success this year

Ben joined an exclusive group of Ashton swimmers as COMAST record holders – alongside Callum Quigley and Daniel Briggs – in 2016 and added two more COMAST records for boys aged 12 and under in 50m freestyle (long and short course) in 2017.

Due to his performances in 2016, Ben achieved three Lancashire County Times – 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle – making the final in both the 50m events.

In 2017 Ben obtained 10 County Times across all four strokes, ranging from 50m to 400m. Ben also achieved two ASA North West Regional times in 50m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly in 2016.

By the end of 2017 Ben achieved six Regional consideration times and has a further four months to work towards more.

At the recent Lancashire Champs over the last two weekends he competed at the Manchester Aquatic Centre in a total of 13 long course (50m pool) races, obtaining 13 personal bests at a cumulative reduction of 62.35 seconds.

Ben won his first county medal, a bronze for coming third in the 100m freestyle and whilst narrowing missing out on another medal in the 50m freestyle, with the top four separated by just 0.18 seconds, his time of 28.13 seconds ranks him 9th in the country for his age group.

Callum has qualified for the Births Swimming Championships, which are taking place in March

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Callum Quigley ,who is at university full time, has also been competing over the last year and has qualified for the British Swimming Championships in Edinburgh in March, swimming in the 50Freestyle and 50 Butterfly.