County certificates for the speedy Hemel Hempstead young guns


The Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club youngsters brought home a number of medals as well as some coveted Passport to Counties 2014 Certificates after taking to the pool at the Hertfordshire Development Meet in Borehamwood.

The meet gives nine, 10 and 11-year-old swimmers the chance to qualify for the 2014 Hertfordshire County Swimming Championships, and a 25-strong contingent from Hemel certainly gave it their all.

In total, the young swimmers achieved seven county qualification times, as well as bagging four gold medals, four silvers and five bronzes. They also set 47 personal best times.

Nine-year-old Mason Mills clocked county times in the 200m IM, 200m breaststroke and 50m breaststroke, while Reuben Balch set a county time in the 200m freestyle and won gold in the 200m butterfly.

Isabelle Anderton, 11, hit a county time in the 200m IM and won gold in the 200m backstroke, with nine-year-old sister Millie Anderton bagging a county time in the 200m breaststroke.

Elinor Ferguson was a county qualifier in the 200m breaststroke, and medals went to Mattias Morse, Luke Pestaille, Miya McFarlane, Billie Grant, Harrison Mills, Jess Walters, Clara Stancombe and Emily Young.

Other swimmers who competed and produced PB times were Daniel Keates, Niall Marsden, Millie Herbert, Isabelle Warren, Maddie Horwood, Neil Brevern, Seyi Bankole, Lois Goad, Zara Rafiq-Craske, Michael Broner, Freddie Hockin and Joseph Coldwell.