NO FEWER than 56 Stratford Sharks met the qualification standard for the British Gas Warwickshire County Swimming Championships which are held over three consecutive Saturdays at the 50 metre Olympic pool in Coventry.
With 83 pb’s, six club records on top of two gold, three silver and two bronze medals the Sharks swimmers established a strong foundation on which to build even more success in the coming two weekends.
Sharks quickly made their mark with the Stratford Blue team of Isabelle Callaghan, Hannah Lythgo, Mai Castle and Madeleine Hoare winning the 9/10 years 200m freestyle relay by more than two seconds.
Ailsa Gavan-McHarg swam a new long course PB to take an outstanding fifth place overall in the 10/14 age group of the 400m individual medley. Behind her, Kathryn Lythgo, Seren Mahon, Chloe Hale, Isabelle Callaghan and Mai Castle all swam new personal best performances.
Nine year old Tom Beamer, swimming in his first County Championship, set a new pb in finishing a creditable 11th in the 9/10 years 200m backstroke.
All the boys in the 11/12 group set new pb’s with Will Foster fourth, Robin Hughes tenth and Oliver Quinn 13th.
Joshua Walker and Andrew Morley were fifth and sixth respectively in the 15/over age group.
There were almost 200 entries for the girls’ 50m backstroke and in the 9/10 age group, Madeleine Hoare established a new club record to finish tenth with Isabelle Callaghan 11th in a new pb.
Sophie Wootton’s new pb performance earned fourth place in the 11/12 age group, while Hannah Willis, Kathryn Lythgo, Seren Mahon, Tabitha Groves, Charlotte Cox, Charlotte Clements and Kerena Norris all set new pb’s.
With just half a second covering the top three in the 13/14 age group, Alice Quinn had to settle for third with Lucy Castle sixth.
Sophie Warden also set a new pb in the 15/16 age group.
William Foster set a blistering pace to win the 10/11 years 100m breaststroke by a clear 15 seconds in a new pb and club record time. There was also a pb for fourth placed Robin Hughes.
Fifteen-year-old Aleksander Forysiak was 11th in the 12/over age group in which Josh Newman set a new pb.
All the girls in the 9/10 years 200m freestyle set new pb’s and Madeline Hoare’s second place was in a club record time.
Isabelle Callaghan and Mai Castle were fifth and eighth respectively, while the other pb’s came from Hannah Lythgo, Isobel Foster, Eleanor Vickers, Abigail off and Isabelle Hirst.
There were similar strong performances from Kathryn Lythgo 12th and Seren Mahon 13th in the 11/12 age group, Seren also trimming her pb.
Other pb’s were set by Hannah Willis, Sophie Wootton, Lucy Griffiths, Chloe Hale, Ysabelle Caswell, Charlotte Cox, Charlotte Clements and Kerena Norris.
Ailsa Gavan-McHarg was eighth in the 13/14 age group with Lucy Castle and Alice Quinn separated by just two hundredths of a second in tenth and 11th respectively.
Alice Quinn also finished seventh in the 50m backstroke final.
The afternoon session started with a fourth place for Stratford Blue in the 10/over age group of the 400m freestyle relay.
The gruelling 1500m freestyle event saw club stalwart, 16-year-old Josh Walker win a bronze medal, while 13-year-old Chris Clements wiped one minute off his long course pb to finish a creditable sixth.
In the girls’ equivalent race, Seren Mahon established a new pb and club record time in finishing sixth.
More than 150 boys entered the 50m freestyle. Benedict Jones was sixth in a pb in the 9/10 age group, while Nick Evans, Andrew Hall, Tom Beamer, Felix Gallagher and Kieran Speechly improved their pb’s.
Another club record and pb by Will Foster secured fourth place in the 11/12 age group with Lewis Heal and 15-year-old Mathew Newman also trimming their pb’s.
Ten-year-old Mai Castle swam to an excellent second place in the 100m butterfly, while Ailsa Gavan-McHarg’s pb secured fourth place in the 13/14 age group. In the boys’ equivalent race, Josh Martindale, Chris Clements, Gregor Kelling and Jacob Humphreys all clocked new pb’s.
Isabelle Callaghan trimmed ten seconds off her long course pb to take a well-earned second place in the girls 200m breaststroke with Hannah Lythgo eighth.
Nine-year-old Eleanor Vickers finished tenth in setting a new pb and club records for 200m and the 100m split. Pb’s were also set by Isobel Foster, Imogen Caswell, Elinor Bird, Lucy Griffiths, Ysabelle Caswell , Charlotte Cox, Charlotte Clements and Kirsty Barnes.
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