Specsavers Series – 50 Backstroke and Butterfly

One of the oldest age group records in the Swim School Specsavers Series dating back to the year 2000 was broken this week in the 50m backstroke.   10 year old Conor McKenna touched the wall in 40.18 to take the record from former GB and Commonwealth Games swimmer Jeremy Osborne whose record had stood for the last 17 years at 40.41.

Fastest time overall in the backstroke came from Thomas Teasdale, who finished in 29.36, just hundredths ahead of Henry Cliff in 29.40.  Courtney Butcher was fastest for the girls finishing just outside her own record in 30.59.

The youngest age group (9 years) saw Oliver Russell secure maximum points with a time of 48.07 and Katherine Bolton winning the girl’s title in 43.97.

The 10 year old girls had some great times with Frankie Savident emerging as the winner with a super time of 44.70.

The 11 year olds titles went to Gabrielle Wilcox and Oliver Graham, whilst Sze Ching Chung was the victor in the 12/13 girls age group with a time of 34.98 and Jake Williams for the boys in 35.54. .

Susie Russell in the 14/15 age group posted the fastest time – 36.04.  The boy’s title went to Tom Stapley just outside of his best in 33.86.

In the masters section Julia Aylmer, Peter Frankland, Wendy Hocart and Tim Lowe won their respective age groups.

The 50m sprint butterfly events of the Series saw Courtney Butcher again record the fastest time of the day from the girls with a time of 30.82, whilst Henry Cliff took the boys title in an impressive time of 28.15.

Frankie Savident and Conor McKenna emerged as winners in the 10 year age group, with a really tight finish in the boys as Conor just took the touch from a great swim by Theo Turton.   Gabrielle Wilcox and Oliver Graham were the 11 year old winners n 41.85 and 47.21.

Molly Staples and Xander Graham won the 12/13 year age group whilst Ingrid Morley and Tom Stapley won the 14/15 age group.

The Masters event saw a delighted Jean Paul Duquemin dip under the 30 second barrier to record 29.99 with Sacha Jones, John Tomlin, Wendy Hocart and Tim Lowe each winning their age group.  John Tomlin and Tim Lowe each setting a new record of 30.74 and 32.77 respectively.

With the very youngest swimmers competing over just 25m, Amelie Torode was a clear winner in the 9 years age group in 20.43, with Oliver Russell, the boy’s winner in 23.70 – both technically very proficient for such young swimmers.