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Thursday 14 February 2013 Updated: 14/02 16:09
DEMONSTRATING the growth of competitive swimming, Stratford Sharks fielded 19, four-strong teams in the Coventry and District Team Races at the 50 metre Coventry Olympic pool.
Competing against teams from seven other clubs, the recent long course training obviously paid dividends with the teams securing six first, five second and 11 third places.
The nine-year-old girls A team of Laura Griffiths, Nadia Rogers, Sofia Hodges and Kathryne Hughes secured the first trophy by winning the 4 x 50m freestyle relay by over four seconds.
Then, in a very closely contested race, the B team of Alicia Benjamin, Kiera Kennedy, Isabelle Hopper and Amelie Ristov missed out on their win by just three tenths of a second.
In the ten-year-old age group both girls teams were outstanding. The A team of Madeline Hoare, Ella Vickers, Caitlin Craddock and Isobel Foster won their 4 x 50m freestyle relay by a clear 12 seconds.
They followed up with another win, this time with a margin of ten seconds, in the 4 x 50m medley relay.
Not to be outdone, the B team of Abbie Wootton, Grace Hale, Isabelle Hirst and Abigail Boff won their 4 x 50m freestyle race by 14 seconds and added a medley relay victory by 17 seconds.
The nine-year-old boys A team of Daniel Cox, Morgan Evans, Joel Watson and Cole Lyson were third in the freestyle relay then went one better in the medley relay.
The B team of Christopher Hildreth, Cameron Black plus brothers James and Matthew Bexson emulated those results.
The ten-year-old boys A team of Thomas Beamer, Nick Evans, Alex Goodfellow and Kieran Speechly were beaten into second place by just over one second in the freestyle relay. They slipped to third place in the medley relay.
William Foster, Robin Hughes, Michael Allen and Owen Lawton added to the meal haul by securing two third places in the 11/12 years A team races.
The boys B team in the 15/over age group also took two bronze medals with Alex Callaghan returning to competitive swimming alongside Andrew Morley, James Wimbury and Ed Caswell.
More medals came in the girls B team races. In the 11/12 years age group, Charlotte Cox, Hannah Lythgo, Lydia Clarke and Charlotte Clements took silver in the freestyle then, with Lauren Penny replacing Cox, took bronze in the medley.
Seren Mahon, Ysabelle Caswell, Chloe Hale and Hannah Willis took bronze in both their 13/14 years races. Willis produced a particularly strong last leg in the medley to overhaul the third place swimmer by six hundredths of a second.
Competition in the older age groups produced much closer finishes with the Sharks teams finishing just off the pace with several fourth places.
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