Records tumble at Melton Mowbray Swimming Club annual championships

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A HUGELY successful weekend for Melton Swimming Club saw 143 personal bests, six championship records and five club records set over the two days of their annual championships.

Elizabeth Hewitt may have been the only eight-year-old girl, but she held her own against the nine-year-olds in the 25m breaststroke and backstroke. Brooke England won the 9yrs breaststroke with a time of 26.62secs, more than a second ahead of runner-up Ianthe Brittain and third-placed Rebecca Lindley both with PBs.

Not to be outdone, Ianthe won the backstroke by more than two seconds in a PB of 24.57 with Rebecca Lindley in second and Holly Kerr third.

* The 10 and 11yr girls shared out first place across the three events.

For the 50m butterfly Ellie Eggleston touched home a second before Sophie Wisher in 41.44secs with Georgina Hallgath in third place. Jasmine Burton won the 50m freestyle with a 36.04 PB with Ellie Egglestone hot on her heels and Sophie Wisher taking third. For the 100m individual medley (IM) Sophie romped home with a PB of 1.31.99, closely followed by Georgina and Jasmine came third.

* The girls’ 12 and 13yr age group saw a hat-trick of victories for Isabelle Graham with a PB of 1.06.98 at 100m freestyle, 2.49.78 for 200m IM and 1.22.31 in the 100m butterfly.

In second and third were Charlotte Hunn and Kirsty Ruddle respectively for 100m butterfly, Charlotte Hunn and Charlotte Christie for 100m freestyle, both with PBs, and Charlotte Hunn and Isobel Harrison for the 200m IM.

* For the 14 and 15yr girls, the same three swimmers achieved the top three places for 100m breaststroke and 100m freestyle albeit in a different order.

Hazel Jackson touched first in the breaststroke followed by Emma Foers and Bethany Baker with first and second places reversed for the freestyle. In the 200m IM, Hazel’s PB of 2.52.25 earned her victory, with Bethany second and Teodora Naneva in a well-deserved third spot.

Lauren Boland, Charlotte Seagrave and Jasmin Timmins came home first, second and third for the 100m butterfly and the 200m IM with Lauren and Jasmin clocking butterfly PBs and Charlotte a new best in the IM.

Somerby Hamdorff was second in the 100m freestyle behind Lauren with Charlotte following in third.

* The boys’ 9yr events saw Tom Hill win the 25m freestyle and finish second in the 25m butterfly, less than a 10th of a second behind Ciaran Boylan. Charlie Sharpe gained a PB and second place in the 25m freestyle and James Bartley was third.

* Will Graham was not to be outdone by his sister as he took a hat-trick of wins in the 10/11 year boys races of 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke and 100m IM.

Matthew Lindley was second in the IM and breaststroke and took third for backstroke, while Charlie Ross came third for breaststroke and the IM, and William Brighty was second in the backstroke.

* Nathan Burton, Callum Brook and Ben Misiuda had a consistent two days, finishing all three races of 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m IM in first, second and third respectively. Callum achieved three PBs and pushed winner Nathan very hard in the backstroke, just 0.08 of a second separating them.

* The 14/15 year boys provided a great spectacle with Sam Kirkland claiming a club and championship record of 1min 07.13secs to win the 100m backstroke title.

He came second in the 200m IM to Tommy Smith who also achieved a championship and club record with a time of 2.26.09. Sam also won the 100m butterfly with a championship record of 1.07.28.

Guy Mousley took second for the butterfly and backstroke and third for the IM, while Tommy came third in butterfly and backstroke.

* The boys’ 16 and over swam 100m breaststroke, 100m freestyle and the 200m IM.

Kris Zbaraski took first place in all three events, taking three championship and club records in the process. Sam Gillespie was second in the IM and freestyle in PB times, Ivo Nanevo took three third places with very strong swims and Mark Butcher was second in the 100m breaststroke.