Following their successes at the County Championships earlier in 2016, Berkhamsted’s young swimmers stepped up a level at the Luton Level 1 meet in the 50m pool this weekend and performed with distinction.
Izzie Soulsby’s first long course 400m individual medley saw her post 5:50.61 for sixth place, followed by Ollie Hurst swimming a respectable 100m breast in 1:13.35, just outside his all time best.
Abbie Hurst placed fifth in the 50 breast with 36.05, before Soulsby returned to break the club’s long course 200 IM record with 2:39.91.
In the 200 free, James Corner dropped his personal best by over 15 seconds to clock 2:25.68 and Jordan Northwood went out hard at halfway before fading to record 2:09.74.
Ollie Hurst then showed he has endurance as well as speed in the 200 breast, posting 2:44.63.
In the 50 free, possibly the two best performances on day one came from Corner and Louis Armitage. Armitage lowered his PB by a second, recording 30.47, and then Corner went under 60 seconds for the first time with 29.24.
Day two began with Ish Rahim dropping 18 seconds on his 400 IM time with 5:27.57, while the girls had three representatives in the 100 breast. Tamsin Moren led off, improving 23 seconds to post 1:38.17 for ninth place, Soulsby dropped almost 14 seconds to 1:28.23 and Abbie Hurst cruised to sixth in 1:19.55.
In the men’s 50 breast, Ollie Hurst improved to 33.07 for eighth, Armitage improved by 1.68s to 39.83 for ninth and Rahim hit the pads in 39.92.
They were followed by Moren clocking 42.88 for her 50 back, and the first medal at the meet for Abi Hewson who pinched silver in a rapid 35.17 for her own 50 back.
Rahim’s busy day continued with a 4.60-second lowering of his best time to 1:06.56 for fourth in the 100 fly, and then Soulsby claimed another club best time in the 400 free. Her 5:06.38 improved her PB by over 13 seconds .
Zac Patel has made massive strides in the last nine months and showed this in his 200 IM where he sliced off over 11s to put up a time of 2:34.62. Rahim and Patel went 1:10.41 and 1:13.23, respectively, for their 100 back.
In the 100 free, Rahim was up again with 1:01.22 and then Corner knocked over 13 seconds from his best, recording 1:04.25. Abbie Hurst improved the club record for 200 breast with her own PB of 2:54.12.
In the boys’ 50 fly, both Rahim and Patel went inside 30 seconds for the first time. Rahim went 29.26 for a second silver for the club while Patel came home in 29.47.
In the final event Abi Hewson took sixth place in 31.86 to conclude an excellent meet for the club.