The club is celebrating the huge achievement of all its swimmers at Herts Counties this year, which placed the club second overall!
Leading the charge for medals was Mia Carter, who was crowned top in her age group having accumulated a magnificent seven individual golds. She won 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke events decisively and was also dominant in the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle. In the 100m individual Medley final she fought it out with Sarah Carroll, just pipping the fast-finishing Sarah for her seventh gold. To add to her tally, Mia was also part of the gold medal winning medley and freestyle relay teams.
Not to be outdone, Tom Ogden broke a total of eight club records over the course of the championships on the way to winning gold in 100m back, 200IM, 200m fly, 50m breaststroke, 50m backstroke and 100IM. He added silver in 100m fly, 100m breaststroke, 50m free, 50m fly, 400m free, plus bronze in 100m and 200m free. He was second overall in his age group.
It was also a very successful Championships for a clutch of senior swimmers: Cira Fletcher moved up to the open age group and scored double gold in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, plus bronze in the 200m; Amy Young took the overall award for her age group including gold in 800m freestyle, 400IM and 200m free, three silvers and four bronzes, breaking club records in 400IM and 100m fly in the process; Ellie Mitchell won 100m backstroke by more than three seconds in fine style; and Elinah Phillips struck gold in the 50m free and took silver in the 100m free and 50m fly.
Nellie Eastland was the first gold medalist of the weekend with a brilliant win in the 100m butterfly, and then went on to achieve a clean sweep of the fly events by also taking top spot in the 50m (club record) and 200m fly. Chloe Ogden showed great determination in winning the 100m butterfly, 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle and the 400 IM as well as a further two silvers and three bronzes. Niamh James underlined her continuing progress by taking gold in 200m back and silver in the 100m, along with bronze in 400IM.
Daniel Chada dominated backstroke, winning gold in the 50m (club record),100m and 200m for 15 year olds. He also took silver in 50m and 100m freestyle, and was third overall in his age group.
Isabella Renwick also topped the podium twice with two brilliant swims in the 100m (club record) and 200m breaststroke. She also claimed silver and a club record for 50m breaststroke and took bronze in 200IM. In the 12 year-olds, Millie Fields won an impressive gold in the 100m backstroke and added to her tally with a further four silvers (200IM, 100m free, 200m back, 400m free), and two bronzes (50m free, 50m fly).
Alex Catton had a magnificent win the 50m backstroke and then went on to take silver in 100m and bronze in 200m back. Callum Davies swam a club record in the 100m butterfly. Josie Pretious-White took part in an impressive ten events, taking silver in 100m fly, 50m free and bronze in the 50m fly. Bryn Couser pulled out all the stops to finish in the silver medal position in the 200m breaststroke, while Sarah Carroll competed in 11 events and added silver in the 200IM to her 100IM medal.
There were also plenty of medals in the relays: 12/13 girls team Isabella Renwick, Eleanor Mason, Charlotte Anderson and Mille Fields took bronze in the freestye; 14/15 boys Daniel Chada, Will Picton, and Bryn Couser secured bronze in the medley; 14/15 medley Mia, Jose, Chloe and Charlotte Nash grabbed gold; in the senior girls medley and freestyle, Amy Young and Cira Fletcher were joined by Olivia Smith-Lal and Emily Lampon to take silver in both.
Outside of the medals, there were also impressive individual performances across age groups from Charlotte Nash, Olivia Smith-Lal, Emily Lampon, Annabel Hunt, Charlotte Matthews, William Picton, Nick Botha, Callum Harold, Anya Fletcher, Jessica Penkul, Charlotte Anderson, Eleanor Mason, Isabelle Baker, James Gisborne, Georgina Barlow, Sophie Parslow and Grace Massingham-Lamprell.