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Club Championships report weekend 2

The only place to start is with the 400IM, the toughest of endurance races. Only 14 girls and 9 boys entered this event, with some heats taking almost 8 minutes of nail-biting racing. Notable swims came from:

  • Jasna Nickells – showing that at 16 you can still obliterate PBs (by 21 seconds in this case)
  • Aidan Loughnane – enjoying a hard-fought win over Henry Bennett
  • Georgie Lloyd – breaking through the 6-minute barrier for the first time

But the star of the night was Brandon Creed (10), roared on by his large fan club at the end of lane 1. Brandon, resplendent in his red jammers, has already earned his first county qualifying time this meet. He picked up a silver medal in his first ever 200 back earlier in the evening before surviving the 16-length IM monster under the watchful eyes of the officials.

Sam Fry continued his good form from Newport on Saturday with a 200 back PB and collected more gold medals across the 10 year old boys’ events. Cody Farrell was also amongst the medals again in this category.

Other young boys swimming well were Jack Boulton (11) and Hugh Benson (12), both surging ahead to win their 50 breaststroke heats in 11 and 7 second PBs respectively.

Our “senior boys” were not to be outdone though, serving as excellent role models to all the watching kids. Paul Williamson (42) showed great technique in the breaststroke, although Neil Holloway (43) won the event and missed out to Peter Gleed (36) by just 0.13 seconds in the 50 fly. Peter looked very powerful in the 400IM, taking Neil’s 19 and over record from 2010 by over 7 seconds, and pulling Jon Lowther through to a new PB as well.

Captain Jon also PB’d the 200 back, giving him a clean sweep of the club’s backstroke events.

For the girls, it was pleasing to see 14 ten-year olds and 5 nine and unders competing in the 50 breaststroke. They would have seen Jess Shaw win the event overall with another two-second club record. Livi Fry is improving rapidly in this event and the 13 year old Locke – Cox battle was intriguing: two-all on the night with Georgie winning the sprints and Beth the longer races.

In the fly, Abigail Butters smashed her PB to take ten-year old gold in a time that would have also won the eleven year old event. Charlotte Sayer at 17 picks her events carefully these days and it was worth the wait as she had nothing left to give at the end, second overall behind only Jess Shaw.

Two other swimmers deserve a mention:

  • Thea Stephens-Tuffee (13) continued her assault on her PBs, securing three more, meaning 11 out of 12 so far this championships. No one else in A-group can come close to this level of improvement.
  • Except perhaps James Webb –another day, another club all-time record for 12 year old boys, this time in the 50 breast. James is becoming something of a fixture on the Records section of Hy-Tek.

Final session of the 2014 Club Championships is in Yate on the evening of 9th November.

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