By Liam Moakes 30/04 Updated: 01/05 10:39
IN THIS year's first round of the Nuneaton & District Junior League - in which 63 teams from around the whole of the Midlands compete - Pershore Swimming Club set about their task of making the Division Two Finals in September in fine style.
The club recorded 11 individual wins as well as seven relay victories on their way to sealing a famous win in their first leg against Orion (Birmingham), Walsall, Cheadle, Blythe Barracudas (Birmingham) and Fox Hollies (Birmingham).
A quarter of the way through proceedings Pershore were lying equal first with Cheadle, but only one point ahead of Blythe Barracudas, who improved by the halfway stage to displace Cheadle and move level in first place with host club Pershore.
From then on Pershore slowly edged away and consolidated in an exciting finish as they won eight out of the last ten races to finish with 227 points, ahead of Blythe (199), Cheadle (178), Walsall (144), Orion (141) and Fox Hollies (136).
Recording individual first places were Simon Sweatman - still aged nine - in the ten-year and under (ten/u) 50m freestyle with a personal best of 32.09, before going even better when swimming up an age group in the 11/u by recording 31.76.
This time is easily within the league finals best performance, so Sweatman will be hoping the club make the finals and he can repeat or even better this performance.
Staying with the boys, Chris Vizard (ten) set a fine 43.97 in the ten/u 50m backstroke, whilst 11-year-old Josh Sharratt in the ten/u 25m fly came home in first position in 17.52.
Sam Doyle won the nine-year one-length backstroke in 20.57 and all four boys were joined by Luke Betteridge, Owen Leeks, Tom Bailey, Drew Jones, Joseph Doyle and Sam Whitehill in the five medley and freestyle relay victories they were involved in.
For the girls, Tazmin Pugh clinched two individual first places in the 12/u 50m fly with 31.61 and 12/u backstroke with 29.39 and again both of Pugh's times are within the league finals records for a 12-year-old.
Among the nine-year-olds Kate Sanderson recorded 20.00 in the nine-year 25m fly, whilst Naomi Marsden swam in the ten/u backstroke and won with 43.00 and Rebecca Phillips swam 23.06 in the nine-year 25m backstroke.
Pershore's sixth victor in the girls' individual races was Maisy Robertson in the ten/u fly as she recorded 18.84.
Again, all five girls were involved in the two relay victories in the nine-year medley relay and girls' ten/u freestyle relay in addition to the victory in the final event, the mixed boys/girls relay.
The club are looking forward to their next two legs in May and June, having climbed out of Division Three at the first time of asking two years ago.
To arrange a free trial at the club please visit pershoresc.co.uk or ring 07968 429112.
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