By Liam Moakes 24/04 Updated: 24/04 14:20
NOW this year's Herefordshire and Worcestershire County Swimming Championships are over, the small but highly competitive Pershore Swimming Club squad can proudly look back at their best ever performance at the event.
Members amassed a record collection of over 30 medals - 19 of them gold - and can be truly proud of their swims.
Even though the Pershore camp had been hit by a virus ahead of the final weekend of races they managed to muster 11 swimmers in various stages of recovery and their youngsters set the ball rolling with Maisy Robertson (9) recording a 4-sec personal best with 1:36.26 in the 100m individual medley and later in the afternoon she collected a well deserved silver in the 50m fly with a 4-sec PB of 41.77.
Amy Weston (10) followed in the same event with a 5-sec PB of 1:30.33. Makenzie Christys (11) was another 4-sec PB girl with 1:23.65.
The suffering Tazmin Pugh put in a below-par performance in the 100m IM but still recorded a PB of 1:16.03 and then succeeded in putting in two gold-winning performances in the 100m backstroke with 1:11.49 and again in the 50m fly with 32.71, bringing her medal tally to six gold and five silver.
For the boys, Simon Sweatman (9) set off by winning gold in the 200m breaststroke with a 19-sec PB of 3:35.15 and followed this with a fine gold medal-winning performance of 36.00 in the 50m fly, bringing his personal tally to nine gold medals from his first County Championships.
Taking silver behind Sweatman in the 50m fly was team-mate Christopher Vizard (9) with 47.58. Josh Sharratt (10) achieved a 3-sec PB of 39.51 and 6th place in his age division.
Owen Leeks (12) just missed out on a medal again with 4th place with 36.35 whilst Drew Jones was not far behind in 36.77, having recorded 3:14.75 in the 200m breaststroke and 1:21.12 in the 100m backstroke earlier in the day.
Meanwhile Harry Sykes won gold in the 200m breaststroke with 2:55.82 and set a PB as he finished 4th in the 100m backstroke with 1:11.29.
On the following day Sykes and Pugh distinguished themselves with excellent performances in a Junior Inter-County match between Leicestershire, Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
Pugh's relay team was one of only two outright wins which her team recorded as Cheshire went on to win, with Leicestershire second and Herefordshire and Worcestershire fourth.
Pictured are nine-year-old Isobella Woodcock with her gold and silver County Championship medals and younger sister Hannah with the club's Monthly Achievement Trophy.
With her 50m breaststroke time of 46.11, Isobella is now ranked No 1 in the UK end of year rankings, making her the third of Pershore's swimmers who are ranked No 1 in the UK at the present time.
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