Sharks at their best in festive gala

Wednesday 19 December 2012 Updated: 19/12 17:24

SEVENTY-NINE personal best performances made the long day at the Wyre Forest Christmas County Qualifier worthwhile for the 29 Stratford Sharks who travelled to Wolverhampton Central Baths.

Fourteen top three places in a field of over 300 swimmers was a significant result from a long day at Wolverhampton.

All four swimmers in nine-year-old age group made pb improvements. They were led by Abigail Boff who chopped 30 seconds off her time in the 200m individual medley before bettering times in the100m individual medley, 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle.

Daniel Cox made a 20 second improvement in the 100m individual medley to take second place but an almost eight seconds improvement in the 50m freestyle was only good enough for third place.

He sliced almost seven seconds from his 50m backstroke and took a brilliant second place in the 50m breaststroke.

Cole Lyson and Guy Joseph improved their times for the 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke respectively, while Guy’s 11-year-old sister Rachel set a pb in the 50m freestyle.

Ella Vickers made the largest improvement in the ten-year-old age group in smashing her 100m breaststroke time by over 13 seconds on her way to victory.

She followed up with another win the 50m backstroke and third in the 50m butterfly. A pb in the 100m backstroke was required to take another third place and she rounded off a successful day with a pb in the 50m freestyle.

During the morning session, Caitlin Craddock clipped four seconds off her 50m butterfly before securing an outstanding second place in the 100m breaststroke with a six second improvement. In the afternoon session she trimmed her 50m breaststroke time.

Isabella Walters concentrated her effort into the morning session with two good pb’s at 50m backstroke and freestyle.

Hope Lawton and her 12-year-old brother Owen both set pb’s in the 50m freestyle and 100m individual medley with Owen adding another in the 100m backstroke.

Nick Evans joined the fray for the afternoon session and set pb’s in four of his five events.

An outstanding five second improvement secured first place in the 200m individual medley which was followed by second place, in a new pb, in the 100m breaststroke plus third places in the 50m butterfly and 50m freestyle.

The Gallagher brothers, 11-year-old Felix and 13-year-old Kit both improved their 100m individual medley and 100m freestyle pb’s. Kit added further improvements in 50m breaststroke, 200m individual medley and 100m breaststroke to complete a good all round performance.

A quartet of 12-year-old girls enjoyed a highly successful gala.

Charlotte Ledden, Imogen Dauncey and Ellie Ward set pb’s at 50m backstroke and freestyle combined with 100m breaststroke and individual medley where they all made significant improvements.

Charlotte and Imogen added pb’s in the 50m breaststroke to their tally. Charlotte Cox improved in the 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke plus 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle.

In the 13-year-old age group, Alannah McKie was the most successful girl with pb improvements in the 50m and 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke.

Tabitha Groves managed improvements in the 50m butterfly and 100m backstroke, while Olivia Steward set a pb for the 100m breaststroke.

Gregor Kelling’s dedication in training is delivering significant improvements with pb’s at 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 100m individual medley in which he recorded more than a seven second improvement.

Not to be outdone, Austin Plowman set pb’s at 50m and 100m in backstroke and freestyle before adding further improvements in the 100m individual medley and 50m butterfly.

Fourteen-year-old Jack Leeson chiselled a massive 2.6 seconds of his 100m backstroke best before adding pb’s in 50m backstroke and butterfly. He also stripped a further 1.5 seconds of his 200m individual medley time.

Arabella King made a substantial improvement in her 100m breaststroke time, wiping 2.6 seconds of her previous best.

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