Results: Oak Series Round 3 – 29th June 2024

Here are the results from the Oak Series 3, held on the 29th June 2024.

200m backstroke, 25/50m butterfly, 100m breaststroke

Summary

The Barracudas are on a roll! The third round of the Beau Sejour Barracudas Club Championships – The Oak Series 2024 saw no less than 4 significant records being broken. 

The first in the 12/13 age group – 200m backstroke, by Zach Maiden, Zach touched in a superb time of 2.24.22 to take the record 2.28.02 which had stood since 1998 from the inimitable former backstroke star – Ian Powell.  

Zach Maiden

The second record to fall was in the same age group 12/13 and set back in 2008 by another Island swimming legend – Miles Munro.  This time it was the young Barracuda butterfly specialist Cooper Robinson – who set a new mark of 30.69, almost a full second off the previous time.

Next came Conor Osborough, with his butterfly technical wizardry, as he took the 16 and over fly record set over 20 years ago by another Island star Thomas Hollingsworth, touching in 27.51 In the same age group, it was great to see Oriana Wheeler, home from university and on form as she set a new mark of 29.10 in the 50m butterfly.  For the ladies, Oriana Wheeler was also the fastest overall posting 1.15.60 in the breaststroke and 2.25.48 in the backstroke.   Other top three finishers in this age group were Molly Staples, Erin Watterson, Elodie Riley, Jemima Green and Delphine Riley. 

Cooper Robinson

Perhaps the target of gaining times for the selection for the forthcoming Malta Invitational Games, was the inspiration – but the times just kept coming.     

The fastest times of the day in the male category, came from Joshua Dunning in the 16 years and over age-group, where he excelled and placed first in 200m backstroke and 100m breaststroke recording 2.14.85 and 1.13.03 respectively.  There was a good turnout in this section, with Jonathon Beck, Joshua Crosland and Enzo Crowson all having top three finishes.  

In the youngest age group (9 years) Chelsea Parsons looked strong as she placed first in the backstroke and breaststroke and third in the butterfly.  The 25m butterfly was won by Nigella-Rae Trescothic, who also placed second in the 200m backstroke. Araminta Hern took silver in the fly, as did Amelia Sarre in the breaststroke.   Bronze medals went to Beryl Bousfield in the breaststroke and Maia Holland in the 200m backstroke.  In the same age-group for the boys, Theo Cairns swam out of his skin to post 3.34.97 in the backstroke.   He also took gold in the 100m breaststroke in 1.49.60.  Henry Watson sped home in the fly in 20.25 to top the podium.  Albie Sarre and Alfiie Skinner, the other medallists in this age group.

Beryl and Alex

In the 10-year age group, there were 2 golds for the determined Henry Wilson who was 16 seconds clear of his nearest rival in the backstroke posting a great time of 3.20.35 to take first place as he did in the 50m butterfly in 48.92.  He also took silver in the breaststroke.  Elliott Davies took the breaststroke gold in 1.53.00, silver in the backstroke and bronze in the fly to get a full set of medals. George Hartley swam well for a silver in the butterfly and bronze in the breaststroke  

For the girls 10 years, Phoebe Sebire displayed some promising technique as she won the backstroke in 3.25.06, she also placed second in the breaststroke and third in the fly.  Isabelle Price was the victor in the 50m butterfly, also winning bronze in the breaststroke, while Thea Maiden won the breaststroke gold placing second in the backstroke, with Ava Abreu in third. 

There was triple gold for Charlotte Bolton in the 11-year age group, with some superb times – 3.06.00 in the backstroke, 36.59 in the butterfly and 1.33.76 in the breaststroke.  Penelope Le Noury was second in the backstroke and fly, with a bronze in the breaststroke.   Rosie Ogier had a great breaststroke swim to take silver.  Alena Allison taking bronze in the back and fly.    For the boys the spoils were shared with Freddie Moherndl taking the backstroke title, Caelen Osborough silver and Kobe Robinson bronze.  Not to be outdone by his dad’s record-breaking swim, Caelan Osborough took the butterfly gold, with silvers in the other two. Kobe Robinson the breaststroke winner took bronze in the backstroke and silver in the fly.  The other swimmer in this age group to gain a podium place was Mahidhar. Vallapureddy.  

The 12/13 age group saw Megan Carter sweep the board, just missing the record in the 200m backstroke posting an amazing 2.29.73. Eden Smith coming through to take second and Erin McKenna third. In the butterfly Charlotte Holland came through in second and Caletta Hern in third.  Bot at the bottom of the age group.  Similarly, it was Caletta who took the silver in the breaststroke followed by another 12-year-old Charlotte Miller in third.

Jessica Boyle won the 14/15 backstroke in 2.40.87.  Claudia Bailey taking second and Eve Hartley third. In a close battle with Emily Hyland, Boyle also took the fly in 32.48.  The bronze again going to Eve Hartley.  Niamh Polson producing the goods in the breaststroke with a super swim of 1.24.39, ahead of Boyle and Hyland.

Bayley Crosland swam well to secure gold in the 200 backstroke ahead of Garret Dixon and Raef Newton.  Garratt found his winning ways scoring maximum points in the butterfly and breaststroke posting a solid time of 1.19.77 in the latter.  Joey Langford taking two third places.

Throughout the event the swimmers were also scoring points for their Club teams – the Fins or the Flippers, which made for some exciting races, with just one more round to go before the final presentations.