Duo set for nationals challenge

PUBLISHED: 13:44 12 July 2007 | UPDATED: 15:10 12 May 2010

Alex Raine and Ellie Mason – Pic: 2463DW2

Alex Raine and Ellie Mason - Pic: 2463DW2

TWO Bassingbourn Village College pupils will take on the best swimmers in England in the National Championships. After producing some sparkling displays in the county and regional championships, 13-year-old Alex Raine will compete in the individual 400m f

TWO Bassingbourn Village College pupils will take on the best swimmers in England in the National Championships.

After producing some sparkling displays in the county and regional championships, 13-year-old Alex Raine will compete in the individual 400m freestyle, the 1,500m freestyle, and in the 800m relay.

Fellow Bassingbourn student and Biggleswade Swimming Club teammate Ellie Mason, also 13, will compete in the 400m freestyle and 400m medley relay.

The championships take place in Sheffield on Monday, July 23.

Alex said: "The competition will be very high, but I'm confident I can do well."

Ellie said: "I'm really looking forward to getting in the water. I'm sure it will be a good competition and I'm just going to do my best."

She was joined by another Bassingbourn Village College student, 12-year-old Millie Farmer at the Cambridgeshire Secondary Schools Championships in St Ives last week.

Ellie was ranked fourth in the 100m butterfly, fifth in the 100m backstroke and seventh in the 100m freestyle.

Millie, who like the other two is also part of the Mid Beds team, was fourth in the 100m backstroke, and 10th in the 100m freestyle.

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