EVESHAM Swimming Club participated in the recent 2014 Gloucester Club Open as a squad of 16 swimmers across all age groups performed exceptionally well in a variety of events to come away with 50 medals including six golds, one silver and ten bronze.
Forty-nine new personal bests were set and 29 County Qualifying Times for 2015 attained.
Leading the way for the nine-year-old girls was Mollie Cresswell with a hat-trick of gold medals in the 200m freestyle (3.00.78 PB/County), 200m fly (3:59:72) and 200m IM (3:26:73 County).
She took silver in the 200m breaststroke (3:46:14 PB/County) and bronze in the 50m fly (44:64). With two 4th place finishes in the 200m backstroke (3:24:88 County) and 50m freestyle (37:80) plus a 6th in the 50m backstroke (44:02), Mollie was crowned the nine-year-old girls overall winner.
Joining Mollie was Amber Cape and Isabelle Hornblow who also came away with medals. Amber took 7th in the 50m breaststroke (53:08 PB) and 8th in the 200m breaststroke in which she smashed her previous PB by over 18 seconds (4:22:69 PB).
Isabelle took 8th in both the 50m backstroke (45:42) and the 200m backstroke (3:36:02). Her 200m backstroke time saw an amazing 18 seconds taken off her previous PB. Zara Mckenna made up the nine-year-old girls contingent, swimming well in the 50m freestyle.
For the nine-year-old boys, Sam Parker brought home five medals. He took bronze in the 200m backstroke (3:35.75 PB), 200m IM (3:46:43 PB) and 200m breaststroke (4:05:47). His 200m IM and 200m breaststroke were both fantastic PBs, with 23 and 26 seconds taken off them respectively. He also won medals for 4th in the 50m backstroke and 5th in the 50m breaststroke (54:58 PB).
The ten-year girls category saw Sophie Pettit attain five new County Qualifying times for 2015, bringing home three medals in the process. Her first County time was in the 200m freestyle in which she recorded a time of 3:04:60 – an improvement of over 13 seconds on her previous PB.
This was followed by County times in the 100m backstroke (1.37.97 PB), 100m breaststroke (1:46:06 PB), 100m freestyle (1:23:55 PB) and 200m backstroke (3:20:62 PB). Her medals came in the 100m freestyle, 200m backstroke and 50m breaststroke.
Elysia Henly did herself proud, setting two new PBs in the 50m freestyle (40:23) and 50m backstroke (46:47).
For the ten-year-old boys, Kieran Cooper picked up seven medals overall with bronze in the 100m freestyle (1:19:04), 200m freestyle (2:49:88 PB/County) and 100m backstroke (1:30:74). This was followed by 4th in the 50m backstroke (42:87), 5th in the 200m IM (3:24:48), 7th in the 50m fly (45:08) and 7th in the 50m freestyle (36:31).
Toby Vale picked up the maximum ten medals from ten races in the 11-year-old boys category with two gold medals in the 100 IM (1:25:97 PB) and 50m backstroke (40:09). He also took bronze in the 50m fly (40:57); 4th in the 200m freestyle (2:42:19 County) and the 100m backstroke (1:25:05 PB), 5th in the 100m freestyle (1:15:40), 200m backstroke (3:00:70 PB/County) and 200m IM (3:04:90); 6th in 100m breaststroke (1:41:26) and 7th in 50m freestyle (34:64).
Tom Simms also competing in the 11-year-old boys set new PBs in the 100m freestyle (1:30:67 PB), 50m backstroke (45:23 PB), 100m backstroke (1:42:36) and 200m freestyle (3:17:76 PB). His 200m freestyle saw an improvement of over 17 seconds on his previous PB. Georgie Banton competing for the 11-year-old girls swam the 50m freestyle in a time of 36.90.
In the 12-year-old age group category, Luke Perry came home with nine medals out of his ten races with eight of his times qualifying him for the County Championships next year. Luke’s gold came in the 100m IM (1:22:47 PB/County) with bronze coming in the 50m breaststroke (44:85). His other medals were: 4th place medals came in the 50m backstroke (37:08 County) and 100m backstroke (1:19:28 PB/County); 5th in 50m freestyle (32:16); 6th in the 200m IM (2:58:65 PB/County) and 200m freestyle (2:34:47 PB/County); 7th in the 200m backstroke (2:50:96 PB/County) and 8th in 400m freestyle (5:22:83 PB/County). His 400m time was an improvement of over 24 seconds off his previous PB. Luke also swam a County Qualifying time in the 100m freestyle (1:13:03).
Emily West, swimming in the 12-year-old girls category, had a fabulous weekend, setting five new PBs in the 50m fly (42:97 PB), 50m freestyle (37:98 PB), 100m IM (1:31:91 PB), 100m freestyle (1:25:23 PB) and 200m breaststroke (3:43:44 PB). Her 200m breaststroke saw her take a superb 13 seconds off the previous PB.
In the 13-year-old girls category, Amy Cooper and Martha Bailey found medals harder to come by as they were only awarded to the top three places. Amy Cooper set an astounding seven County Qualifying times whilst Martha, not to be outdone, also set two.
In terms of the medal count, the honours went to Martha who won bronze in both the 100m backstroke (1:17:92) and 100m freestyle (1:07:50 County) whilst Amy took bronze in the 50m breaststroke (44:21 PB). Both narrowly missed out on additional medals with a couple of 4th placed finishes apiece.
Agonisingly for Amy, she swam so well in the 100m IM (1:18:41 PB/County) that she was awarded a speeding ticket. Amy’s other County times came in the 400m IM (6:03:91 PB), 50m fly (35.11 PB), 50m freestyle (31:73 PB), 50m backstroke (37:29 PB), 400m freestyle (5:19:92 PB) and 200 IM (2:53:27), with Martha’s second County time coming in the 50m backstroke (35:94).
Emelia Lambert competing in the girls 14-year-old category narrowly missed out on the medals with 4th in both the 400m freestyle (5:40:04) and 100m IM (1:28:55). However, she did herself proud by setting two new PBs in the 100m freestyle (1:12:20 PB) and 200m IM (3:07:43).
Overall Evesham finished eighth in the team rankings which, with only 16 swimmers competing, was a marvellous achievement and shows the potential in the club and augurs well for the upcoming open season.