Hemel swimmers blow the competition away

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A superb 14-point win in the third round of the Herts Major League saw Hemel swimmers produce 19 PBs and 20 first places in Potters Bar.

Club captain Tom Sherriff led the way, winning the boys’ open 100m freestyle, and the team followed this with a succession of individual wins swum in conjunction with PBs.

Matt Sherriff and Paige Wilding swam personal best times in the boys’ U16 100m freestyle and girls’ U14 100m butterfly, respectively, to take first places.

Aimee Abrey took top spot in the girls’ U16 50m backstroke, and Freddie Woodcock did the same for the boys.

Peter Kennett also clocked a PB to win the boys’ U14 100m freestyle, while other individual wins came from Max Jelfs, Ben Garratt, Tom Sherriff, Joe Prior, Devon Prior and Aimee Abrey – who won the girls’ U14 50m backstroke to add to her win in the U16 event.

Personal best times went to Megan Pirrie, Sam Pigott, Leanne Abrey, Shamina Sherwani-Keeling and Hannah Bagley.

An exciting evening was rounded off by wins in eight relay races, while the Swimmer of the Gala accolades went to Hannah Bagley and Matt Sherriff.

Elsewhere, a hard-fought Gala at Dunstable Leisure Centre saw HHSC miss out on third place by just one point.

Hemel took first place in three individual events courtesy of Jamie Ayres in the boys’ 12 and under 50m backstroke, Stacey Surridge in the girls’ 12 and under 50m breaststroke, and Nathan Lodge in the boys’ 12 and under 50m freestyle.

The boys’ 14 and under 4x25m freestyle relay team of Joshua Keenan, Tom Bickham, and brothers Samuel and Jacob Hutchings also won their event.

Team members Tarryn Smith, Jacob Hutchings, Jessica Trezona, Alex Wood, Hannah Goates, Chelsea van Gelder, Samuel Hutchings, Tom Bickham, Jonny Farrow, Alice Lowe, Lucy Munro, Ben Davies, Adam Daniell, Leila Marsden, Nathan Lodge and Dave Pirrie all achieved personal best times in their individual events

During the evening several speeding tickets – handed out for exceeding the set time restrictions – were achieved, which ultimately cost Hemel third place.

Swimmers of the Gala were Lucy Munro and Tom Bickham.