EVESHAM Swimming Club celebrated yet another successful Summer Championships at their presentation evening earlier this month.
Swimmers of all age groups, from as young as six all the way up to 40+, participated in nine events held over the months of May and June.
Swimmers were rewarded with a superb 407 personal bests and 30 new Worcestershire County Qualifying times for next year were recorded – a fantastic achievement so early in the season with qualifying times cut off not being until the start of 2015.
Luke Perry led the way with eight new county times, with Chloe Mabbett recording six. There were further county times for Amy Cooper (3), Mollie Cresswell (3), Sophie Pettit (2), Martha Bailey (2), Melissa Humphrey (2) and one apiece for Harry Ward, Kieran Cooper, Heather Castle and Charlie Waites.
In the 100m Open events Chloe Mabbett dominated the female category, winning all four events. Martha Bailey took second in backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle, with Amy Cooper taking second in the fly.
Charlie Waites swam away with all four first places in the men’s events, with Thomas Castle taking second in backstroke, fly and freestyle and Simon Goodall showing he still has ‘it’ by clinching second in the breaststroke.
In the seven and under age group category, Grace Coldicott, aged six, put in some great swims to win both the 25m freestyle and 25m fly. However, Isobel Foster won the girls overall title in this age group with two first and two second placed finishes and Carmen West finished runner-up. Carmen also went on to win the 100m IM in 2:23:35.
Jamie Gilbert won the boys overall title with two firsts and a second placed finish, with Samuel Love runner-up with two second places, both PBs.
In the eight-year-old age group category, Emily Cairns won the 25m freestyle and took two second places to finish first overall. Katie Pettit finished as runner-up overall, winning the 25m breaststroke in the process along with two third placed finishes.
Megan Davies took first in the 25m backstroke, with Ellie Williams taking first in the fly. For the boys, Jaden Matthews won the breaststroke with a new PB and went on to win the overall category, whilst Thomas Davies also set two new PBs in taking first in the 25m backstroke and freestyle and finishing second overall.
Mollie Cresswell was crowned the winner in the nine-year-old category with three out of four wins in her 50m races. Isabelle Hornblow was second overall with three second places and a third.
Amber Cape won the 25m breaststroke with a very impressive 53.79 to stop Mollie taking a clean sweep, although Mollie did go on to win the 100m IM in style.
For the boys, Sam Parker won overall with first in both the 50m backstroke and freestyle, whilst Tristan Evans Cook and Daniel Goodall shared the spoils for second place.
The next age groups were combined with the 10/11-year-old girls’ title being closely contested with both Rosie Denning and Heather Castle winning two races each. However, Rosie’s two second places over Heather’s second and third gave Rosie the overall title, with Heather runner-up.
The roles were reversed in the 100m IM as Heather was first and Rosie second. For the boys, Toby Vale took first by winning all four races and he also went on to win the 100m IM.
Harry Ward, one of the ten-year-olds in the category, finished an impressive second overall, whilst Kieran Cooper, also ten, took second in the 100 IM.
The 12/13-year-old category was dominated by Martha Bailey who took first in all four 50m races, which included setting two new PBs. Martha also won the 100m IM.
Amy Cooper took second overall with three second places and a third in the 50m events. She also finished second to Martha in the 100m IM.
Luke Perry was denied wins in all four of his 50m races by Benjamin McKenna, who won the 50m fly with a new PB. However, Luke did win his remaining three 50m races to take the overall age group category, with Benjamin coming second. Luke and Benjamin finished in the same order in the 100m IM.
Chloe Mabbett would have had a clean sweep in the 14/15-year-old girls category but for Melissa Humphreys setting a new PB in the 50m fly to take a well deserved first. Chloe had to settle for first in the 50m freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke, as well as the 100m IM.
Hannah Dufty finished second overall, with two thirds and a second place, whilst Melissa Humphreys took second in the 100m IM.
Charlie Waites comfortably won the three 50m boys races that he entered, but Ben Harris took the overall title with a win in the 50m freestyle to go with his two seconds and a third. Charlie took second overall and went on to win the 100m IM, with Ben finishing second.
The 16 and over category (in some cases several years over!) was won by Hayley West for the ladies and Simon Goodall for the men, with Andy Mabbett taking second. The 16+ 100m IM was won by Thomas Castle.
The evening finished with the coaches awards for swimmers that ‘continually demonstrate a positive attitude toward the sport, someone who works hard, listens and tries to put into practice the suggestions made by the coaches, and the award does not always go to the best or the fastest swimmer’.
The awards went to Sian Sims (Seals), Aimee Tipping-Lane and Ben Jones (Dolphins), Zia Larment (Young Achievers), Elysia Henly (Juniors), Eleanor Hamby (Performance) and Amy Cooper (County Performance).
This rounded off a very good summer, as the club also maintained its status in Nuneaton League Division Two. The club is now looking forward to the Autumn/Winter Opens and its debut in the Winter League.