Specsavers Series

Specsavers Series – 400IM

There was an excellent win in the 14/15 age group for Sophie de la Mare in the 400m individual medley event of the Specsavers Series staged by the Beau Sejour Barracudas Swimming Club.  Looking strong throughout, and taking advantage of her skills in all four strokes, she touched in 5. 26.15. The fastest swim of the day from the men coming from Oliver Nightingale who recorded 5.14.20.

Jack Le Tissier improved on his personal best by over 30 seconds, but this wasn’t enough to take the title from Louis Tostevin who touched first in 5.27.98.

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Specsavers Series – 800/1500m Freestyle

Kristina Neves was back in record breaking form, finishing inside the Championship record of the 800m freestyle Championships staged by the Beau Sejour Barracudas swimming club.  Despite being outside of her all-time best Kristina was pleased with her time of 9.07.70.

In the youngest age group – 11 years, Oriana Wheeler competing in this event for the very first time finished in great time 11.59.18, the only swimmer in this age group to break the 12 minute barrier.   Not far behind was Jemima Green who finished in 12.03.19.  Jemima had set the pace and taken the lead from the start only to be over taken by Oriana in the last 75m.

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Specsavers Series – 400m Freestyle

 

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.

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Specsavers Series – 200m Backstroke

Island swimming stalwarts Courtney Butcher and Tom Hollingsworth recorded the fastest times of the day in the 200m backstroke event of the Specsavers Series staged by the Beau Sejour Barracudas Swimming club.

In the first event of the season following the long summer break, Courtney recorded 2.28.15 and Tom 2.10.96.

In the youngest age group (9 years) there were some great swims with Conor McKenna taking gold for the boys in an excellent time 3.23.42 and Breeshey Platt-Ransome for the girls in 3.43.53.

In the 10 year age group Gabrielle Wilcox had a fantastic swim recording 3.24.48 improving on her personal best by over 4 seconds, whilst Oliver Graham was a clear winner for the boys with his time of 3.25.49 also a life time best by nearly 2 seconds.

It is not always easy to pace the 200m backstroke, but there were some good times in the 11 year age group with the titles going to Xander Graham and Hannah Jones who recorded 3.02.81 and 3.01.26 respectively.

Jake Williams placed first in the 12/13 age group recording 2.50.38, with Pip Gallagher winning the girls age group in 2.52.94. Sophie de la Mare was the fastest of the 14/15 year old girls with a time of 2.33.96. Louis Tostevin touching first for the boys in 2.31.83

Julia Aylmer, Tim Lowe and David Aslett won their individual age groups in the Masters section.

The swimmer showing the greatest improvement on their entered time was Erin Watterson in the 10 year age group where she recorded 3.42.22 improving by over 31 seconds!

Specsavers Series – 100m Backstroke & Freestyle

No less than 4 championship records were broken in the 100m freestyle event of the Specsavers Series staged by the Beau Sejour Barracudas Swimming Club.

First record to fall was in the very youngest age group, where 9 year old Conor McKenna had a great swim, smashing the record previously set by Island swimmer Joshua Lewis back in 2002. Conor touched in 1.21.45 with the previous record standing at 1.23.50.

Swimming in the 12/13 age group, Tatiana Tostevin set a brilliant new mark of 1.02.63 which was also a lifetime best for her.

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Specsavers Series – 200m Freestyle

There was an exciting battle for first place honours and fastest time of the day between Orla Rabey and Sophie de la Mare in the 200m freestyle event of the Specsavers Series staged by the Beau Sejour Barracudas Swimming Club.  With a time of 2.11.74 the title went to Orla, with Sophie placing second in 2.13.48.

Fastest time of the day from the boys came from Will Mansell who touched in 2.02.36 in the 16 and over section.

In the youngest age group and competing in this event for the very first time were the 9 year olds.   Conor McKenna looked strong as he took first place honours in a great time of 3.13 90 not far off Miles Munro’s record set in 2005.   Breeshy Platt-Ransome took the girls title in a super time 3.27.63.

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25/50m Butterfly and 50m Backstroke Specsavers Series

Five Championship records were broken this week in the 50m backstroke event of the Beau Sejour Barracudas’ Specsavers Series.

First record to fall was the 12/13 years age group mark, where Tatiana Tostevin swam a brilliant time of 30.93 knocking over 3 seconds off the existing mark and placing her 3rd in her age group in the National rankings.

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50m Freestyle & Breast Specsavers Series

Amazingly 7 new records were broken in the first event of the 2016 Specsavers Series – the 50m freestyle, staged by the Beau Sejour Barracudas Swimming Club.

First record to fall was in the youngest age group – 9 years, where Raif Carre obliterated the record set way back in 2002 by Joshua Lewis.  For fourteen years, the record had stood at 38.09, but now stands at 36.40.  Also swimming inside of this old record was second placed swimmer Conor McKenna who touched in a great time of 37.82.

Another long standing record was broken in the 12/13 years age group by Tatiana Tostevin who recorded a brilliant time of 29.47.

Swimming the fastest time of the day and breaking her own record was Courtney Butcher who placed first in the 16 and over age group in 26.98.

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400IM Specsavers Series

There was an excellent win in the 16 and over age group for Courtney Butcher in the 400m individual medley event of the Specsavers Series staged by the Beau Sejour Barracudas Swimming Club. Looking strong throughout, and taking advantage of her technical skills in all four strokes, she touched in 5.12.18. The fastest swim of the day from the men coming from Oliver Nightingale who recorded 5.13.68.

It was left to the Barracuda Masters to produce record breaking times, with David Aslett and Richard Nash, both finishing inside the previous mark in their age group, touching in 6.04.69 and 6.51.93 respectively. Peter Frankland gained maximum points in his age group posting a great time 6.03.80,

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800 & 1500m Specsavers Series

Tatiana Tostevin (12 years) Orla Rabey and Sophie de la Mare both 14 years and Annalise Munro were all in record breaking form as they finished inside the championship age group records in the 800m Championships staged by the Beau Sejour Barracudas Swimming Club.

Improving on her personal best by over 51 seconds and breaking the record by 2 seconds, Tatiana posted a great time of 11.03.54. Orla also obliterated the record in the 14 year age group to set a new mark of 9.42.20. Also finishing inside the record and having to settle for second place was Sophie de la Mare with a great time of 9.43.75.

Fastest time of the day overall went to Annalise Munro in 9.28.29 which was also a new record. Ailish Rabey won the youngest age group for the 11 year olds in 11.40.52 which was a Hampshire County base qualifying time.

The victor in the Masters section was Jacqui Hunt in another record time of 11.18.76 1500m

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