A STRONG squad of 15 Pershore Swimming Club members enjoyed success when they travelled to Hengrove in Bristol for a high class Aquae Sulis Performance Swimming Club meet.
Occurring just before the close of the qualification window for the National Short Course Championships, the Open Meet attracted top talent from all over the UK, from London clubs in the South East, St Ives in the far South West and from all across the Midlands.
The swimmers and spectators were not to be disappointed as some fabulous performances were produced, the highlight being James Dawe from City of Bristol who swam the 50m freestyle in 22.83secs – a truly stunning time considering the men’s world record is 20.91secs.
Despite the intense competition, Pershore SC acquitted themselves admirably and secured 21 medals over the weekend including 11 golds.
The Annis family were the stars for Pershore over the weekend as they picked up no fewer than 16 medals – a major haul for such a top class meet.
David Annis (nine) led the way in winning eight golds in as many races. David produced some superb swims to finish first in the 50m backstroke (40.53s), 50m fly (37.53s), 50m freestyle (35.15s), 100m backstroke (1.29.53), 100m IM (1.29.41), 200m IM (3.05.20), 200m backstroke (3.00.62) and 50m breaststroke (50.33).
Lauren Annis (ten) also soared up the medal table with five medals including two gold. Lauren took gold in the 50m freestyle (33.46) and 50m backstroke (36.90).
Lauren also took silver in the 200m backstroke (3.03.02) and bronze in the 50m fly (37.97) and 100m freestyle (1.12.99).
Big sister Megan (12) was not going to be outdone and, swimming against some top opposition, took three medals including silver in the 50m fly (32.28) and 100m IM (1.13.59).
Megan also took bronze In the 100m fly with a very strong 1.13.73, taking her to number six in the rankings for this discipline for the whole of the West Midlands for 2015.
Alex Barry (12) duelled with Megan throughout the weekend and came away with two medals – gold in the 100m IM (1.13.54) and bronze in the 400m IM with a very rapid 5.36.35. This leaves Alex ranked fifth in the West Midlands for 2015.
Her little sister Gabriella Barry (ten) was hot on her sister’s heels and delivered some excellent swims including taking a silver medal in the 50m fly in 37.88s.
Simon Sweatman (13) showed his class in a number of races on the second day of competition as he swam a number of personal bests and managed to secure a gold medal in the 200m backstroke (2.18.08) and bronze in the 100m backstroke (1.05.51).
It was another long weekend but a very satisfying one as other swimmers recorded many PBs including Hannah Woodcock (11), Bella Woodcock (13), Jasmine Franks (11), Naomi Marsden (13), Izzy Cumming (13), Helena Leach (14), Amy Weston (14), Luke Perry (13) and Cameron Leach (11).