Wisbech Swimming Club contested the 2015 County Championships throughout March, beginning at Peterborough’s Regional Pool.
The Wisbech competitors achieved 39 new personal best times in 54 swims, while Sam Smith won four events in the 10-years age group (50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, and 200m butterfly) and Harrison Smith won his event in the 9-years 200m individual medley.
Carl Purvey set new club records in the 13-years 50m and 200m backstroke, and Leona Ryan in the 9-years 50m butterfly. Ben Knowles reached the 9/10-years 50m backstroke final alongside Sam Smith, taking fourth to Smith’s second, while Megan Kierman swam in the 10/12-years 100m butterfly final for sixth.
Back in Peterborough for day two, Wisbech’s 66 swims resulted in 47 PBs, and a first place and new club record for Leona Ryan in the 9-years 50m backstroke. Sam Smith swam to victory in the 9/10-years 50m butterfly final, while Charlie Bourne was sixth in the 10/12-years breaststroke.
Five swimmers competed in the 400m freestyle events held at the Peterborough pool on March 20, all achieving PBs. Lucy O’Neil won her event in the 9-years age group with a new club record.
On March 28, club members travelled to the Parkside Pool in Cambridge, setting 28 PBs in their 34 swims. Harrison Smith (9-years 50m freestyle), Leona Ryan (9-years 200m free) and Sam Smith (10-years 100m fly) were all victorious in their events, Ryan setting a new club record.
Ben Knowles (third) and Sam Smith (fifth) both reached the 9/10-years 50m freestyle final, Smith also taking fourth in the 10/12-years 100m butterfly final.
Parkside Pool hosted the last day of competition, WSC entering relay teams into 19 events and achieving its best result with third in the 4×50m 11/U boys’ medley. Wisbech placed fifth overall.
After a month’s fine competition, Wisbech brought home a haul of ten gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze medals, while Harrison Smith was ranked first overall in the British Age Group Category awards for 9-year boys. Ryan took second place in the British Age Group Category awards for 9-year girls and Sam Smith 3rd place in the British Age Group Category awards for 10-year boys.
Head coach Greg Marsters said: “I’m very pleased with our results, from a very young collection of swimmers, some competing at this level for the first time. We delivered 119 personal best swims from 159 swims overall. It’s testament to the work the swimmers put in during their preparation.”