EIGHTEEN Stratford Sharks travelled to Aylesbury for the two-day Maxwell Swim Club Gala and produced outstanding performances.
From the opening event, the 400m freestyle, Sharks showed their intent by winning three of the age groups.
Madeline Hoare chopped over 30 seconds off her personal best (pb) performance to break through the six minute barrier and win the 9-year-old age group by a clear 17 seconds.
Isabelle Callaghan reduced her pb to follow suit in the 10-year-age group, while Ailsa Gavan McHarg clipped almost four seconds off her pb to win the highly competitive 13-year-old age group.
These three girls led the charge throughout the gala. Madeline Hoare set another four pb’s taking third in the 50m breaststroke, second in the 200m backstroke and winning both the 50m freestyle and 100m individual medley.
Isabelle Callaghan set pb’s in 11 of her 12 events. She gained second places in the 100m and 200m freestyle, 100m and 400m individual medley and 200m breaststroke; third places in the 200m individual medley, 50m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and top six places in the rest.
Ailsa Gavan McHarg was most successful with wins in the 50m and 200m freestyle and the 400m individual medley to add to the earlier success in the 400m freestyle.
She took second places in the 200m individual medley, 100m freestyle, 50m and 100m butterfly and a third place in the 200m butterfly. In all she made improvements in ten out of her 11 events.
Other wins came from 9-year-old Ella Vickers, who also set a new pb, in the 200m breaststroke and Annie Cox in the 50m breaststroke.
Ella also set a new pb in the 50m backstroke as did Annie in the 100m freestyle.
Fourteen-year-old Alice Quinn’s four pb performances gave her second and third places in the 50m and 100m backstroke respectively, then sixth places in the 200m individual medley and 200m freestyle.
Alice also took a place in the top six in the 400m freestyle and 200m backstroke.
Eleven-year-old Charlotte Cox set three new pb’s, two of which gave her top six places in the 50m and 100m breaststroke events.
For the boys, 16-year-old Josh Walker set just one new pb but gained the most medal places. He was second in the 200m backstroke and 400m freestyle, third in the 100m and 200m freestyle and fourth in the 100m backstroke, 200m individual medley and 50m freestyle.
Robin Hughes’ four second improvement in his 100m backstroke pb gave him a well-deserved sixth place in the 11-year-old age group. He also improved his 200m freestyle pb by more than three seconds.
Oliver Quinn (12) and Andrew Morley (15) both set two new pb’s in their specialist events. Oliver in the 50m and 100m freestyle and Andrew in the 50m and 100m backstroke.
Thirteen-year-old Jack Leeson gained sixth places in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and trimmed almost one second off his 50m Freestyle pb.
Lucy Castle (14), Lucy Tame (15) and Seren Mahon (12) all took a single third place from their swims. Castle with a pb in the 50m freestyle, Tame in the 400m freestyle and Seren in the 200m butterfly.
Lauren Penny (11) set new pb’s in all four of her events, the most outstanding an almost 17 second improvement in the 200m individual medley.
Sophie Warden(15) took fourth places in the 50m and 100m backstroke and fifth places in the 50m and 100m freestyle.
Finally, Ellen Price (14) set pb’s in the 100m individual medley, 200m freestyle and 50m butterfly.
Thirty-four top three places and 57pb’s from 106 swims shows the progress the Sharks swimmers are making under the guidance of their coaches Mike Cole and Kim Mortimer with their assistant Tom Tame.
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