One of the oldest records in the Beau Sejour Barracudas Swimming Club’s Specsavers Series the 400m freestyle, was well and truly broken by young Conor McKenna when he recorded an exceptional time of 6.20.70 to break the record of 6.32.45 set by Island star Tom Hollingsworth back in 1997.
Fastest times of the day came from Orla Rabey and Jonathon Beck who recorded 4.47.36 and 4.38.21 respectively.
7.04.27 earned Abigail Boyle, the gold medal in the 9 years age group. This was the first time that she had competed in this distance and looked technically strong. In second place was Breeshey Platt-Ransome also in an excellent time of 7.10.77.
In the 10 year age group, the victors were Gabrielle Wilcox and Oliver Graham who recorded 6.25.71 and 6.21.30 respectively, with both hugely improving on their personal bests.
Oriana Wheeler – 11 years, pulled out all the stops and took the title from Jemima Green 5.42.40. The boys in this age group had a good race with Xander Graham holding on to the lead from Thierry Le Cheminant, to finish well clear in 5.54.86 – over 42 seconds better than his entered time.
Pip Gallagher and Jake Williams were the victors in the 12/13 age group and touched in 5.21.01 and 5.13.52 respectively.
Ellen Morley secured the 16 and over title with 5.20.73, with top time in the 14/15 boys age group going to Louis Tostevin another life time best of 4.41.61.
There were some huge personal best times throughout the age groups with the Barracudas really rising to the 16 length challenge. The Masters were no exception with Jean-Paul Duquemin, Marcus O’Neill, Jo Winberg and Nick Moss winning their age groups.
The age group swimmer showing the greatest improvement was Mia Festivo in the 10 year age group who improved by over 105 seconds!