Regional medals for Hemel Hempstead swimmers at Open Water Championships

Hemel swimmers won plenty of medals at the ASA East Region 2016 Open Water Championships

Hemel swimmers won plenty of medals at the ASA East Region 2016 Open Water Championships

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A group of 21 Hemel swimmers attended the ASA East Region 2016 Open Water Championships at the Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre near Norwich.

This was the first time the club has supported the event, and was the first open water swim for most of the Hemel entrants.

The meet was a huge success, with Hemel swimmers returning with two regional gold medals, three regional silvers and three regional bronzes.

The event was combined with the Hertfordshire County Open Water Championship, with two Hemel swimmers becoming county champions and Hemel swimmers winning nine county gold medals and six county silvers.

Aimee Abrey (17) was the second fastest woman in the region over 800m and is the Hertfordshire Open county champion, while Alice Fender (14) was the second fastest junior swimmer in the region over 800m and took the Herts junior county title.

Also in the 800m race – in the 13/14 age group – Sam Gaines won regional bronze and county gold, Georgia Purkis won regional bronze and county silver, and Jonny Farrow won county silver.

In the 15/16 age group, Shaminah Sherwani-Keeling won regional bronze and county gold, and Chloe Purkis won county silver.

In the 1.5k, Max Jelfs won county silver in the 12/16 age group and Jack Spence won regional and county golds in the 20/24 age group.

Tom Sherriff won regional and county silver in the 25/29 age group, while head coach Justin Langford won regional and county gold. In the 50/59 age group, coach Alan Coldwell won county gold in his first competitive outing for the club.

In the 3km 13-16 age group, Harrison Newbury Kemp won a county silver, while Tony Gaines won county gold in the 40/49 age group.

Other Hemel swimmers who participated at the championships were Eleanor Bevan, Joe Coldwell, Chris Cox, Ben Davies, Elliott Davies, Lois Goad and Millie Herbert.