Blue team come home in third for Hemel

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HEMEL Swimming Club’s Blue team put in a gutsy show as they bagged third place at the Herts Peanut League Division One meet in Hitchin.

The Hemel contingent picked up a number of wins and personal best times, but were eventually edged out of the top two places by the teams from Hatfield and Potters Bar.

On the night, there were individual wins for Edward Shaw, Megan Pirrie and the boys’ 11-year-old 4 x 25m freestyle relay team of Ashley Coombes, Edward Shaw, Sam Gaines and Harrison Mills.

Personal best times were achieved by Amber Stratford, Charlotte Hingston, Alice Fender, Alfie Abrey, Jamie Ayres, Keelin McKenna, Alex Wood, Eleanor Bevan and Pirrie, and the evening was rounded off by a second place in the 8 x 25m squadron race.

Swimmers of the gala were Shamina Sherwani-Keeling and Mills.

Elsewhere, the Red team travelled to Potters Bar to compete in Division Two of the Peanut League, and they improved on their first round result by taking third place after a close-fought battle with neighbours Tring.

Rebecca Sewell, Jasmine Coe, Clara-Mae Stidever, Georgia Purkis and Jake Smith all finished first in their individual events, as did the U11 girls’ 4 x 25m medley relay team, the U12 boys’ 4 x 25m freestyle team, the U11 boys’ 4 x 25m freestyle team and the U12 girls’ 4 x 25m medley relay team.

The swimmers who took part in the relays were Purkis, Holly Talland, Jasmine Coe, Jessica Hubbard, Adam Sawyer, Luke Carl, Dylan Cohen, Cameron Lennon-Fakes, Tyler O’Brien, Jonny Farrow, Jake Smith, Ben Hubbard, Leila Marsden, Nell Baughan and Sewell.

It was a clean sheet for the club, with no disqualifications and a total of 40 PBs. Swimmer of the Gala medals were awarded to Chloe Purkis and Luke Carl.

The White team, meanwhile, went to Borehamwood to compete in Division Three of the league.

As has been the case previously this season, they were obliged to declare over-age swimmers in six events and had to lend a swimmer to the Blue Team which left them under-strength and finishing in sixth place.

Despite that, some strong and committed swims saw the team achieve 37 PBs, with the U13 girls’ 4 x 25m medley relay team of Hanna Beckers, Lauren Christie, Maisie Vincent and Jessica Smith all setting new personal records.

Nathan Lodge – who won a Swimmer of the Gala medal – won his U12 boys’ 25m freestyle race with a PB, while Emily Kilbane, Ben Davies, Katie Beck, Alex Eades, Zara Rafiq-Craske, Jessica Trezona, Elliot Hutchings, Amelia Gillespie, Igor Kaspin, Tarryn Smith, Emmy Bier-Allen, Sid Woodcock, Oliver Bell, Jamie Sewell, Tom Cole, Chris Cox, Emily Keenan and Kieren Brevern also set new personal best times of their own.