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.

Courtney Butcher then went on to break her own record of in the 16 and over age group, setting a new time of 30.09.  This was also the fastest time of the day overall from the girls.  Oliver Nightingale recorded the fastest time of the day for the men – 29.45.

The youngest age group (9 years) saw Raif Carre break Jeremy Osborne’s record set back in 1999 to set a new mark of 42.48, which places him in second in the National rankings in his age group.  The girls title in this age group going to Leanna Guille in 48.87.

Peter Frankland set a new record for the Masters of 34.38, as did Jo Winberg as she knocked one hundredth of a second off her own record setting a new time of 39.44.

The 10 year old girls had some great times with Gabrielle Wilcox emerging as the winner with a super time of 44.31.   Oliver Graham continues on his winning streak in backstroke for the boys touching in 44.42.

The 11 year olds titles went to Jemima Green and Xander Graham, whilst Elliott Lock was the victor in the 12/13 age group with a time of 36.44.

Sophie de la Mare in the 14/15 age group posted the fastest time – 31.84 a lifetime best by over a second. The boy’s title went to Oliver Ephgrave in another lifetime best of 33.20.

The sprint butterfly events of the Series saw Courtney Butcher yet again in record breaking form as she set a new time of 30.37 which was also the fastest time of the day from the girls.  Rory Chamberlain looked very strong as he recorded fastest time of the day for the men in 28.43.

Again in the Masters section, Peter Frankland and Jo Winberg were record breakers in their age groups recording 31.62 and 38.73 respectively.  Second placed Tim Lowe also finished inside the existing mark with his time of 32.84.  David Aslett and Richard Nash also both finished inside the record in their age group with great times of 34.37 and 38.16.

With the very youngest swimmers competing over just 25m, Leanna Guille was a clear winner in the 9 years age group in 24.10, with Theo Turton, the boy’s winner in 22.19 – both technically very proficient for such young swimmers.

Gabrielle Wilcox and Oliver Graham emerged as winners in the 10 year age group, with Gabrielle finishing nearly 10 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.   Jemima Green and Xander Graham were the 11 year old winners in 38.86 and 43.95.

Tatiana Tostevin and Rollo Tiffin won the 12/13 year age group whilst Orla Rabey and Louis Tostevin won the 14/15 age group.  There was an especially close race between Orla and second placed Sophie de la Mare with Orla just getting the touch in 31.43.