Specsavers Series – 200IM


Courtney Butcher produced a lifetime short course best of 2.24.55 in the 200m individual medley event of the Specsavers Series staged by the Beau Sejour Barracudas Swimming Club and in so doing set a new Championship record, the previous set in 2001, by Gail Strobridge.

Also setting a new mark was Xander Graham in the 10 year age group who had a great swim of 3.17.42.  His brother Oliver who won the 9 year age group for the boys, just missed the record in his age group by hundredths, to touch in 3.36.85.

The Masters too were in record breaking form with Peter Frankland first to take just two hundredths of a second off the previous mark in his age group posting 2.43.64.  Jo Winberg then smashed the record in her age group by over 20 seconds to record 2.59.10.  Finally David Aslett took Nick Moss’s record to set a new time of 2.55.69.

Fastest time of the day from the boys came from Will Russell who gained maximum points in the 14/15 age group in a brilliant swim of 2.21.34.

The youngest age group – 9 years, saw Gabrielle Wilcox take the honours 3.30.56 for the girls with Maddy Russell getting the touch from Oriana Wheeler in 3.17.81 for the 10 year olds.

In the 11 year age group, Pip Gallagher improved on her personal best by over 3 seconds to secure a County base time of 3.00.43.  In the same age group John Welbourne also was inside the County time with a great swim of 3.05.87 – a lifetime best by over 4 seconds.

Sophie Wilcox and Max Gill each won the 12/13 age group decisively recording 2.38.93 and 2.51.18 respectively.

Sophie de la Mare topped the 14/15 age group with a strong swim of 2.32.69 with Adam Ashcroft the fastest of the 16 and over age group in a personal best of 2.28.10.

The swimmer who produced the greatest improvement in time over the 8 lengths was 10 year old Amelia Bracegirdle, who improved on her entered time by over 28 seconds.