Tough start for Pershore swimmers but Vale stars impress in Sheffield

PERSHORE Swimming Club found the going tough in the Nuneaton League Division One’s first round at Halesowen.

While having to adapt to the 33-metre pool, Pershore achieved 18 podium finishes, including three first places.

They were fifth on 156 points ahead of Northampton ‘B’ (84) but behind City of Coventry (234), Leicester Sharks (216), Bilston (210) and Halesowen (157).

William Gearey won the boys’ 11/u 66m butterfly in 47.93 seconds and added another victory later in the 66m freestyle in 42.19.

The other Pershore success arrived through Lauren Annis in the girls’ nine years 33m freestyle in 24.27.

In the 8x33m mixed age freestyle relay, Pershore could not hang onto fourth position overall after finishing behind Halesowen.

OTHER RESULTS Seconds: Jasmine Franks (girls’ 10/u 66m breaststroke and 33m butterfly), Megan Annis (girls’ 11/u 66m backstroke), Jasmine Hoskins, Lauren Annis, Amelia Gearey and Tamara Marsden (girls’ nine years 4x33 freestyle relay), William Gearey (boys’ 12/u 66m breaststroke), Josh Sharratt, Chris Vizard, William Gearey and Simon Sweatman (boys’ 12/u 4x33m freestyle relay).

Thirds: Macey French (girls’ 10/u 66m freestyle), Sweatman (boys’ 12/u 66m backstroke and freestyle), Georgia Winkley, Amelia Gearey, Lauren Annis and Tamara Marsden (girls’ nine years 4x33 medley), Lauren Annis, Franks, French and Elena Christodolou (girls’ 10/u 4x33 medley relay), Megan Annis (girls’ 11/u 66m butterfly), Sharratt, Vizard, William Gearey and Sweatman (boys’ 12/u 4x33m medley relay), Georgia Winkley (girls’ nine years 33m backstroke), Holly Winkley (girls’ 11/u 66m freestyle) Fourths: Megan Annis, Charlotte Downey, Alexandra Barry and Holly Winkley (girls’ 11/u medley relay), Patrick Heeks, Hamish Cross, William Gearey and Jamie Saunders (boys’ 11/u medley and 4x33m freestyle relay), Naomi Marsden (girls’ 12/u 66m backstroke), Cameron Leach (boys’ 10/u 66m breaststroke), Sharratt (boys’ 12/u 66m butterfly), French (girls’ 10/u 66m backstroke).

Meanwhile, Vale stars impressed for Ellesmere College Titans in Sheffield as they finished second against larger academies in the COSSC level one premier meet behind Plymouth.

Pershore’s Tazmin Pugh won the girls’ 14/u 200m freestyle in two minutes 07.85 seconds and rose to second in the UK rankings.

She also took the 400m individual medley in 5.06.26 but her best display was in the 200m butterfly, which she won in 2.19.87 to rise to second in the UK.

She has nine qualifying times for the summer’s national championships.

Evesham’s Chloe Golding has made the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke and the 200m and 400m individual medley for the British Championships and Trials.

Harry Bamforth clocked a string of personal bests in Sheffield.

OTHER RESULTS Silver medals: Pugh (girls’ 14/u 800m freestyle). Bronzes: Pugh (girls’ 14/u 200m backstroke heats and 100m butterfly), Golding (girls’ open 50m backstroke).

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