Young swimmers turn out in force for Berko

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BERKHAMSTED Sports Centre Swimming Club sent their highest ever number of entrants to an open meet as they took to the pool at the Maxwell Level 3 event.

34 Berkhamsted swimmers took part in nearly 200 races over the course of the two days of competition, and they enjoyed a successful weekend.

The youngsters picked up four wins, three silver medals, two bronzes and 15 other top-six placings, as well as clocking more than 120 personal best times and eight club bests.

They also recorded 30 county qualifying times.

“The endurance of the athletes, many of whom did nine or more events, was a testament to how hard they are training,” said Berkhamsted head coach Geoff Wood.

“The most impressive thing about the group of swimmers was how they were still improving in the final events on both days, showing how their endurance has come on in the last couple of years.”

The club’s victories came courtesy of 10-year-old Abi Hurst and 12-year-old Abbie Brown, both in the 50m breaststroke, with Tim Warr winning the open 100 freestyle and Jess Potts taking the 10 and under 100m butterfly.

Silver medals went to Julia Niedertubessing-Lopez in the 200m butterfly, Warr in the 200m backstroke and Katie Brown in the 50m butterfly.

Potts added a bronze in the 50m butterfly, and Tom Croker scooped bronze in the 200m breaststroke.

Club records, meanwhile, were set by Warr, Christian Nel, Sam Gray and Tom Strakosch.

Nel, Gray, Strakosch, Warr, Potts, Niedertubessing-Lopez, Tom Weston, Emma Barnes, Amy Stoker, Jandre Nel, Ollie Hurst, Hannah Coulson, Jordan Northwood, Molly Baker, Abbie Brown, Holly Hannaby, Lidia Niedertubessing-Lopez, Abbie Stier, Katie Brown, Sophie Durbridge, Ellen Northwood, Jennifer Atwill, Emily Hannaby, Ellen Price, Jonny Warr, Pixie Woodus, Charlie Gray, Harriet Horwood Jones and Hilary Coulson all bagged PBs.