A 15-STRONG Pershore Swimming Club team secured an impressive haul of 33 medals including 13 gold at the highly-competitive Bristol Open.
Medals are a boost to swimmers but it is the time which counted even more as the swimmers pushed themselves hard to deliver all-important personal bests.
The Pershore youngsters produced 66 new PBs, many of them achieving County Qualifying Times.
Whilst some of the usual suspects were hauling in medals, including the Barry girls (Alex, 15, Bella, 13, and Frankie, ten), Caitlin Yates, 14, and Millie Thomas, 11, the real weekend success belonged to Ethan Stanley, 13, and George Howard, 13.
Stanley bagged three medals – one silver and two bronze – showing tenacity and graft and earning reward for months of dedicated training time.
Howard was the recipient of his first ever county qualifying time. This was a fantastic achievement and very well deserved in the 50m breaststroke (43.7secs). He also scooped the bronze medal in the process.
Other great weekend performances came from Tally Brown, 11, Isobel Cumming, 16, Pippa Fairchild, 11, Isabel Fairchild, 13, Emily Pask, ten, and Alfie Brown, 14.
PSC head coach Tom Naughton said: “I am delighted with the success of the squad and very much looking forward to welcoming even more Pershore swimmers to the County Championships in January and February.”