Berkhamsted youngsters give it their all at season finale

Berkhamsted Swimming Club battled hard at the final meet of the Herts League
Berkhamsted Swimming Club battled hard at the final meet of the Herts League

The Herts League reached a fitting climax for Berkhamsted Swimming Club at Sportspace in Hemel Hempstead on Saturday night.

With the two squads competing in the Division One bottom-six gala –competing for seventh to 12th places in the county – a seriously depleted B team finished sixth on the night and were relegated to Division Two but can hold their heads high.

The A team had a gala-long battle with Hemel Hempstead for top spot on the night before having to settle for second place by just three points – but their efforts were good enough to finish one place above their rivals in seventh place overall.

With a total of 32 individual race PBs from the two squads, the night began with PBs for both Charley Stevens and Jonluke Summerfield in the open 100m freestyle races.

For the A team there were victories for Alice Hewson, Louis Armitage, Jordan Northwood, Christian Nel, Izzie Soulsby, Jamie Hoyes, Ollie Hurst and Charlotte Watson, while the B team win came from Roisin Clarke.

As always, it was the relays where the squads came into their own with six victories for the A team.

For the B team, stand-out swims came from Amy Stoker, Jess Stace, Adam Hawkswood and Kiran Gray.

Further PBs across the squads came from Euan Donald, Olivia Boylan, Tom Lyons, Eli MacDonald, Harriet Collinge, Jack Rees, Amelie Baker, Evie Watson, Charlie Woodmansee, Annabel Nangle, Ish Rahim, Jenny Atwill, Amy Pemberton, Abbie Brown, Ollie Hurst, Harry Ormerod, Tom Rees, Cam MacDonald, Ben Rochford, Luke Woodmansee and Sam Newman.

The remaining swimmers who competed were Hayley Digby, Charlotte Simmons, Jack Filer, Tommy Sheldrick, Emily Kiernan, Charlotte Shaw, Owen Payne, Emily Simmons, Tom Strakosch, Hamish MacCaig, Jason Wells, Jess Page, Jack Pemberton, Owen Strakosch, Harriet Horwood-Jones, Emily Hannaby, Niamh Clarke, Ellie Matthews and Jack Bowers.

With all still to play for, the final squadron relay was an exciting showdown and BSC did not disappoint.

They steamrollered their way to an impressive 10-second victory to end the league season in winning style.