PERSHORE Swimming Club’s ladies’ Masters team showed they have lost none of their competitive edge as they came away with two gold medals in the freestyle and medley events at the Worcester County Relay Championships.
As a club, Pershore claimed a total of three gold, three silver and five bronze medals, as the boys’ 11/12-year-old team also snatched victory from Worcester in the freestyle relay.
The ladies’ Masters team of Helen Annis, Buffy Simister, Ceris Styler and Marie Porter grabbed their first gold in the 4x50m medley in 2.26.18, as a powerful fly leg by Styler helped the team to victory.
The same team then powered to victory in the 4x50m freestyle, clocking up another good time of 2.12.43 to hold off the challenge of local rivals Worcester.
The boys’ 11/12 relay team of Kieran Cooper, Patrick Heeks, Hamish Cross and Will Gearey came agonisingly close to winning two gold medals. Victory for the team came in the 4x50m freestyle in 1.59.92 as Pershore beat Worcester on the final leg in an extremely close race.
They could not quite repeat the victory in the 4x50m medley as Worcester snatched gold this time and Pershore had to settle for silver in 2.17.58.
The boys’ 13/14 team looked impressive as they secured silver and bronze medals in their events. The best race for the quartet of Luke Perry, Chris Vizard, Josh Sharratt and Simon Sweatman was the 4x50m freestyle as Sweatman overhauled his Wyre Forest rival on the anchor leg to snatch silver in a dramatic finish in 1.55.69.
The team then added a bronze medal in the 4x50m medley in 2.12.76.
For some of the girls in the 9/10 age group it was their first time at the County Relay Championships but they showed no sign of nerves.
In the 4x50m freestyle, the team of Gabriella Barry, Jasmine Hoskins, Tamara Marsden, Lauren Annis came third in 2.23.61. The same team then snatched a well deserved bronze medal in the 4x50m medley with a time of 2.47.92.
There were two bronze medals for the girls’ 11/12 relay teams as they fought hard against county rivals Stourbridge and Worcester. In the 4x50m freestyle, the team of Jasmine Franks, Hannah Woodcock, Megan Annis and Alexandra Barry clocked 2.02.47 for third place.
In the 4x50m medley, Isabella Woodcock replaced Franks and the team managed another good all-round performance to take third in 2.16.65.
Pershore’s final podium also came courtesy of another Masters team as several swimmers competed for the first time competively in several years. The team of John Sweatman, Mike Leach, Chloe Naughton and Styler all swam heroically to take silver in the 4x50m medley of 2.27.67.
The mixed Masters team could not quite repeat their success in the 4x50m freestyle as they were edged into fourth place in 2.25.47 in another fantastic effort from Simister, Sweatman and Leach, joined by Amanda Cooper.
Other teams who came close to winning medals included the boys’ 9/10 relay team of Lewis Cribben, James Heeks, Oliver Smith and David Annis who came fourth in the 4x50m medley in 3.00.79 and fifth in the 4x50m freestyle in 2.36.38.
The girls’ 13/14 relay team consisting of Amy Weston, Hannah Simister, Amy Cooper and Naomi Marsden managed fifth in the 4x50m medley in 2.16.11 and took fifth in the freestyle event in 2.01.54 as Jasmine Taite replaced Simister.
The boys’ 15/16 team of Owen Leeks, Drew Jones, Jack Betteridge and Callum Sanderson pushed hard for fourth in the 4x50m medley in 2.09.22 and were edged into fifth in the freestyle in 1.57.72 as Will Clarke replaced Jones in the line-up.
Commenting on the overall performance, Pershore’s head coach Tom Naughton said: “Winning so many medals across so many age groups shows the strength in depth at the club.
“I was particularly pleased to see the ladies’ Masters team winning double gold in such dominant style and the mixed Masters were fantastic too.”