It all goes swimmingly for the champions

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BERKHAMSTED Sports Centre Swimming Club clinched promotion back into Division One of the Peanuts League at the first time of asking after a nail-biting climax to the season.

The club’s winning run in the league came to an end at the Hemel Hempstead meet – with Hoddesdon Swimming Club claiming first place – but Berko’s results in previous galas was enough to clinch top spot in the division and earn promotion.

Berkhamsted coach Geoff Wood said: “As usual it was their team spirit that shone through and made them such a tough proposition for the other clubs to come up against.

“Friends and rivals Hoddesdon proved just too good on the night but it was a nail biting affair throughout the night and great sporting entertainment.”

Jess Potts again got the team off to a flying start as she came through the season unbeaten in the 10-year-olds’ 25m freestyle by taking first place once again.

She also blitzed the rest of the field in her butterfly race, winning in emphatic fashion.

12-year-old Abbie Brown, meanwhile, has developed into a real force in the breaststroke and, like Potts, rose to the occasion keep her unbeaten record in the 50m event.

She added to this with a personal best in the 50m freestyle.

Christian Nel, however, went one better by winning all six of his individual swims across the three galas, taking both the 11-year-olds’ butterfly and the freestyle once more.

Other wins on the night came went to Amy Stoker and Mason Brand, who both lowered their PBs and the club bests in the Under 10s freestyle. Once again it was a full house of wins across the season for both swimmers.

The final complete set of wins came from Katie Brown as she took the 12-year-olds’ 50m butterfly.

Aside from the individual wins, there were fine efforts from all the Berkhamsted swimmers, with each competitor doing their bit to help the squad.

After the night’s showpiece event, the 8 x 25m squadron relay, the Berkhamsted squad waited nervously for the results of the gala, before finding out they had done enough to take the title.

Wood said: “They know the task will be even harder next year.

“But for the moment they can reflect on a superb season and plan on how to tackle the work needed to scale next year’s mountain in Division One.”