Personal bests galore for the Berkhamsted youngsters in Watford

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With close to 250 swims over the weekend from 43 swimmers, the Watford County Qualifier meet was a highly successful one for Berkhamsted Swimming Club. A 70 per cent PB hit rate amazed everybody at the club, and the swimmers collected another 30 new county qualifying times to top things off.

The result of the weekend was 13-year-old Jamie Hoyes claiming his first ever regional qualifying time when he took bronze in the 100m freestyle in a time of 1m, 02.40s.

Jamie Hoyes claimed his first ever regional qualifying time when he took bronze in the 100m freestyle at the Watford County Qualifier meet

Jamie Hoyes claimed his first ever regional qualifying time when he took bronze in the 100m freestyle at the Watford County Qualifier meet

Some of the other highlights included a clean sweep of medals in the 12-year-old girls’ 200m breaststroke – with Charlotte Shaw, Harriet Collinge and Abi Hurst dominating their heat.

Earlier in the meet, both Hurst and Shaw had produced outstanding swims in the 100m breaststroke, beating their own PBs to come within two seconds of achieving their own regional qualifying times.

Amelie Baker took the first new CQT in the 400m freestyle, improving nine seconds and setting the tone for the whole meet.

She followed it up with further PBs in each of her seven races, even setting a new club record in the 11-year-old girls’ 200m freestyle.

Charlotte Watson smashed her 200m freestyle PB by three seconds as she came away with six golds and a bronze from her seven swims, all in PB times.

Ish Rahim helped himself to six PBs and three new CQTs, while some of the older swimmers including Jack Filer and JonLuke Summerfield also got in on the act with CQTs and PBs.

Harriett Horwood-Jones had a meet to remember as she captured CQTs for the first time in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke.

The likes of Chris Nel, Jordan Northwood, Ellen Northwood, Ollie Hurst and Tom Weston also all closed in on their own personal goals for the season.

Newcomers to competitive swimming, including Josh Phelps, Jessica Stace, Daniel Stace, Ellie Matthews, Annabel Nangle, Cam MacDonald, Izzie Painter, Jess Page and Evie Watson showed there is new talent coming through the ranks with PBs and medals galore.

The rest of the Berko squad was made up of Louis Armitage, Jenny Atwill, Abbie Brown, Katie Brown, Alec Clarke, Sam Gray, Emily Kiernan, Peter Lever, Tom Lyons, Sam Newman, Zach Patel, Jess Potts, Izzie Soulsby, Abbie Stier, Katie Stier, Amy Stoker, Owen Strakosch and Tom Strakosch.

Elsewhere, Mason Brand was competing on his own at the Maxwell Level 2 Open Meet and had a hugely successful weekend.

He won five golds and two silver medals in his seven events, coming within one second of his and the club’s first ever national qualifying times in the 100m butterfly, 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke.