Young Berkhamsted swimmers bag 13 medals at the County Championships

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The second week of the County Swimming Championships saw BSC swimmers continue their recent good form with five new regional qualifying times, 39 club records and 13 medals.

The regional qualifying times were clocked by Mason Brand, Charlotte Watson (2), Ollie Hurst and JonLuke Summerfield, while Harry Ormerod improved two previous RQTs.

Brand teamed up with Zach Patel, Ish Rahim and Jack Rees in the U13 boys’ medley relay and the speedy foursome won bronze for the club’s first ever county relay medal.

Hurst set his first regional time in the 200m breaststroke when he reversed the 100m breaststroke placings with Jordan Northwood as the pair took silver and bronze.

Louis Armitage claimed silver in the 200m breaststroke, while Ormerod made the club’s only senior final of the series in the 50m backstroke, taking fifth and dropping the club record.

Brand took gold in the 12 years’ 200m butterfly, silver in the 100m backstroke and bronze in the 100m freestyle and 100m IM.

Northwood won bronze in the IM and silver in the 100 back, while Watson’s surge towards the top of the county rankings included silver in the 50m backstroke alongside Charley Stevens’ silver.

Watson also won bronze with a 12-second improvement in the 400 IM.

Arthur Giles took more than 13 seconds from his PB to take fourth place in the nine-year-olds’ 200m breaststroke, and Summerfield saved his best performance for his final event, the 100m freestyle.

There were also PBs for Tom Weston, Tom Strakosch, Amy Stoker, Stevens, Izzie Soulsby, Charlotte Shaw, Ish Rahim, Jack Pemberton, Patel, Izzie Painter, Ellen Northwood, Chris Nel, Sam Murcott, Ellie Matthews, Eli MacDonald, Hamish MacCaig, Tom Lyons, Jamie Hoyes, Harriet Collinge, Jess Potts, Roisin Clarke, Jack Filer, Abbie Brown and Amelie Baker.

The squad was completed by Jenny Atwill, Alice Hewson, Harriet Horwood-Jones, Abbie Hurst, Emily Kiernan and Amy Pemberton.

Meanwhile, in the Overall BAGCATS competitions the club had four top-eight finishers and won bronze in the U13 relay. Armitage, Brand, Watson and Jordan Northwood impressed for the club.

As planning and training starts towards Regional Championships in May and June, the club held its Peanuts trials on Sunday night.

Nearly 70 swimmers made over 270 swims in two hours and most stayed to watch 12-year-old Amy Stoker finish the last 30 lengths of her 1,360 lengths in her Channel Challenge, raising funds for Riding for the Disabled.