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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
Annalise Munro recorded the fastest time of the day in the 400m event of the Specsavers Series staged by the Beau Sejour Barracudas Swimming Club, posting 4.36.71. Fastest time of the day from the boys was from Will Russell who touched in a great personal best by over 17 seconds – 4.29.02.
7.13.22 earned Gabrielle Wilcox, 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 Sze Lam Chung also in an excellent time of 7.16.50. The boys 9 years title went to a brilliant effort from Jack Dowinton who touched in 7.30.55.
In the 10 year age group, the victors were Oriana Rabey and Rory McKenna who recorded 6.12.13 and 6.19.72 respectively, with both improving on their personal bests by over 59 seconds!
Ailish Rabey – 11 years, pulled out all the stops and took the title from Pip Gallagher in 5.31.46. The boys in this age group had a good race with Jake Williams holding on to the lead from Peter Birch, to finish well clear in 5.49.79 – over 24 seconds better than his entered time.
Sophie Wilcox and Tom Stapley were the victors in the 12/13 age group and touched in 5.05.46 and 5.03.92 respectively.
Orla Rabey secured the 14/15 title with 4.53.19, with top time in the 16+ age group going to Tom Hollingsworth.
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 Ian Hubert, Jacqueline Hunt,
William Ferguson, Jennifer Roussel and Nick Moss winning their age groups. The age group swimmer showing the greatest improvement was Jemima Green in the 10 year age group who improved by over 85 seconds!
Courtney Butcher and Will Russell continued to look strong in the 200m breaststroke event of the Beau Sejour Barracudas Specsavers Series recording the fastest times of the day – 2.56.61 and 2.40.20 respectively.
In the youngest age group – 9 years, Oliver Graham held on to his stroke to touch in 4.11.70 well clear of his nearest rival. The girls’ title went to a great swim from Gabrielle Wilcox who just got the touch in 4.07.68. She remained just ahead of Georgia Pollock who placed second in a super time of 4.08.00
In the 10 year age group Oriana Wheeler excelled winning her section by recording 3.37.32 – a personal best time by over 7 seconds and a Hampshire qualifying base time. The boys in this age group also produced some good personal bests Xander Graham emerging as the victor in 3.56.97. Rory McKenna took the silver medal, whilst William Frankland improved by over 36 seconds to take the bronze.