Melton Swimming Club B in form for Leicester Winter League final

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Melton Mowbray B team had the advantage of a home draw for round two of the Leicester Winter League.

The hosts were confident after a great win in the first round and achieved some stunning wins, but Ilkeston A proved just a little too strong in the younger age groups.

The 13 and under girls took wins in all events across the board, including Brooke England (50m butterfly), Hannah Gillespie (50m freestyle), and Kacey Robson (50m backstroke). Clarice Ellingworth dominated her 50m breaststroke, taking the lead from the off after an amazing dive. For the boys, Charlie Sharpe edged a tight finish to win his 50m freestyle.

In the 15 and under section, Isobel Harrison was a winner in the 100m breaststroke, while Katherine Blackshaw won her 100m freestyle with a gutsy battle to the finish, and in the 100m backstroke Lucy Dilkes had a dominant win. Ben Misiuda cruised to the win in the 100m backstroke for the boys.

Open age group swimmer Sharon Lock easily won her 100m breaststroke as did Hazel Jackson who showed improved technique in the 100m butterfly. Jack Crankshaw won the same event in 1.09.04.

Personal bests were clocked by newcomer William Freckingham in the 25m backstroke (23.81), Marcus Francis (50m Butterfly - 41.15), Billy Drewe (25m butterfly - 22.62), Ben Misiuda (100m breaststroke - 1.23.96), and George Peberdy (50m backstroke - 40.10 and 50m breaststroke - 46.21).

Melton’s 13 and under girls team of Hannah Gillespie, Brooke England, Kacey Robson and Clarice Ellingworth dominated the 4x50 freestyle relay, as did Katherine Blackshaw, Lucy Dilkes, Hannah Smith and Isobel Harrison in the 15 and under race.

The open age group boys team – Sam Gillespie, Kris Zbaraski, Jack Crankshaw and Mark Butcher – beat Ilkeston A to the win in their relay by just half-a-metre.

The 4x50m medley relay also saw some great swims as the above three teams finished with clear water between them and their rivals, as did the open age group girls’ team of Isabelle Graham, Sharon Lock, Hazel Jackson and Sofie Power.

Nine-year-old George Hayward swam up an age group for the 13 and under medley relay in the first backstroke leg and handed over in the lead.

Melton B now look forward to the final in March.