Pershore Swimmers celebrate their best ever County Champs.
Now this year's Herefordshire and Worcestershire County Swimming Championships are over, the small but highly competitive Pershore club can take stock of their club record collection of over 30 medals, 19 of them gold and can be truly proud of their swimmers.
Even though the Pershore camp had been hit by a virus they managed to muster 11 swimmers in various stages of recovery with their youngsters setting the ball rolling with Maisy Robertson (9) recording a 4 sec personal best (pb) with 1:36.26 in the 100m Individual Medley (IM) later in the afternoon collecting a well deserved silver in the 50m fly with a 4 sec pb with 41.77. Amy Weston (10) followed in the same event with a 5 sec pb on 1:30.33. Makenzie Christys (11) was another 4 sec pb girl with 1:23.65. Tazmin Pugh suffering put in a below par performance in the 100m IM but still a pb with 1:16 .03, but did succeed in putting in two gold winning performances in the 100m back with 1:11.49 and again in the 50m fly with 32.71, bringing her medal tally to 6 gold and five silver .
For the boys Simon Sweatman (9) set off winning gold in the 200m breaststroke with a 19 sec pb with 3:35.15 following 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 with 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 wasn't far behind on 36.77 having recorded 3:14.75 in the 200m breast and 1:21.12 in the 100m back earlier in the day. Meanwhile Harry Sykes won gold in the 200m breast with 2:55.82 and set a pb and 4th place in the 100m back 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 Hereford and Worcestershire. Pugh's relay team was one of only two outright wins which her team recorded and in which Cheshire went on to win from Leicestershire with Hereford and Worcester coming 4th.
Pictured are 9 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 it the 3rd of Pershore's swimmers who are ranked No 1 in the UK at the present time.