Runners-up spot for Berkhamsted swimmers at Hartham Bowl team gala


Berkhamsted Swimming Club sent a mixed team of novice and experienced swimmers to Hertford SC’s Hartham Bowl team gala.

As part of Berkhamsted’s overall second place on the night, there were individual wins for Charlotte Watson and Mason Brand in the U13 50m backstroke, Sam Newman in the U15 50m butterfly, Harriet Collinge in the U15 50m breaststroke, Christian Nel in the U15 50m freestyle and Amy Pemberton in the U13 50m butterfly and Yazi Brand in the open butterfly.

Meanwhile, the open female relay squad of Brand, Katie Brown, Abbie Brown and Jenny Atwill won both their medley and freestyle relays, and the U15 boys and girls won one each.

Newman, Nel, Peter Lever and Ish Rahim took the freestyle relay while Abbie Brown, Collinge, Amy Pemberton and Yasmin Strevens-Chen came away with the medley relay.

Nel’s 50m freestyle was a club record and Jack Pemberton managed a time of 18.47s for his 25m free to lower the club record for nine-year-olds.

PBs were also set by Natalia Moren, Stephen Burgess, Strevens-Chen, Lever, Danny Hoyes, Danny Ritchie, Elliss MacNab, Sam Newman, Evie Watson, Nel and Pemberton.

The rest of the successful Berkhamsted squad consisted of Zack Burgess, Jack Rees, Niamh Clarke, Lottie Priestley, Tom & Mark Strakosch, Euan Donald - all of whom contributed to the usual BSC team spirit.