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.

Two further records went to the Masters contingent, where Ian Hubert and Peter Frankland recorded 56.70 and 1.00.97 respectively to set new marks in their age groups. Winning their individual age groups were also Richard Nash and Jennifer Roussel.

Fastest times of the day were recorded by Thomas Hollingsworth and Courtney Butcher – 54.45 and 58.62 respectively. An encouraging return to competition for Hollingsworth following knee surgery.

Taking first place honours for the 9 year old girls was Abigail Boyle who just got the touch from Breeshy Platt-Ramsome in 1.33.71, while the 10 year olds saw Oliver Graham set a personal best touching in an impressive time of 1.26.76. The 10 year old girl’s title went to Gabrielle Wilcox in another personal best time of 1.20 67.

Hannah Jones and Jemima Green had a close battle for first in the 11 year age group, with Hannah just getting the touch in 1.14.67 ahead of Jemima in 1.14.70.

Xander Graham was a clear winner for the boys in 1.16.45. Elliott Lock in the 12/13 age group took the title in 1.08.70. Louis Tostevin had a great personal best to secure maximum points in the 14/15 age group along with Orla Rabey.

There were some enormous improvements in times throughout the age groups with Sze Lam Chung in the 10 year age group showing the greatest improvement in time by over 11 seconds recording 1.25.75

In the 100m backstroke event, Courtney Butcher broke her own championship record in the 16 and over age group to set a new mark of 1.05.42 which was the fastest time from the girls. Fastest time of the day from the men coming from Thomas Hollingsworth in 1.00.53.

The 14/15 boy’s title went to a great swim from Louis Tostevin, who posting 1.12.28. Sophie de la Mare taking the girls event in 1.09.58 – another brilliant personal best. Elliott Lock and Tatiana Tostevin took first place honours in the 12/13 age group.

Jemima Green and Rory McKenna swimming for the 11 year olds both finished in first place recording 1.23.98 and 1.30.68

A good technical performance, resulting in an excellent time of 1.36.56 saw Gabrielle Wilcox win for the 10 year old girls. Oliver Graham – a clear winner for the boys in 1.40.19

The nine year old titles went to Leanna Guille and Conor McKenna, competing in this event for the very first time, who posted great times of 1.46.63 and 1.34.02 respectively.

The backstroke winners in the various Masters age groups were; Ian Hubert, Peter Frankland, Richard Nash and Jennifer Roussel.