Swimmers from Bishop’s Stortford produced a determined display in the second round of the Herts Peanuts League competition to take third place and secure their spot in the finals. Competing in the top division, and up against the overall winners and runners up from last year, personal best times went tumbling as every age group in the team rose to the challenge.
For the U12s, Thomas Ogden continued his impressive run by breaking two current club records: second in 50 breaststroke (42.57); and third in 50 fly (35.19) to beat his own record, set in round 1. Returning to competition, Michael Botha smashed his PB in 50m freestyle (38.50). U12 girls Charlotte Anderson, Millie Fields, Eleanor Mason and Isabella Renwick were third in the 50m-medley relay (2:31.69). Isabella was second in 50m free (31.56) and Charlotte took more than three seconds off her PB in the 50m freestyle relay (44.44).
Once again the u11s performed consistently well, with eight top-three places. Georgina Barlow, Martha Broderick, Grace Massingham-Lamprell, Ella Penkul and Minnie Savage swam for the girls: Georgina took third in 25m breaststroke (22.56); Martha was third in 25m freestyle (17.12, PB); Grace was third in 25m backstroke (21.12); and Minnie secured third in 25m fly (19.88). The team also won second place in a hard-fought medley relay (1:21.44). For the boys, Beau Anten, Charles Evans, James Gisborne, Thomas Howes and Luke Townsend also put in some excellent swims. Thomas took second in 25m free (16.38), taking more than two seconds off his PB, and third in 25m fly (19.12, PB). Not to be outdone, James Gisborne was second in 25m breaststroke (22.00), also taking over two seconds off his PB, and Charlie Evans was third in 25m backstroke (20.75). Thomas, Charlie and James also swam up an age group for the U12s in several events.
With the experience of round 1 under their belts, the U9s Millie Andrews, Sorcha Brickell, Freya Reilly and Evelyn Scott notched up six PBs, with the team storming to second in the medley relay (1:31.94). Sorcha took third in 25m backstroke (21.57, PB) and Evelyn was third in 25m breaststroke (24.62, PB). David Badcock, Harry Eagle, Luke Griffin and Thomas Harris Gee also swam an impressive nine PBs, including a 2.5second improvement for Thomas in 25m fly (19.94).
U13s Nicholas Botha, Alex Catton and Callum Harold were joined in the relays by Thomas Ogden swimming up an age group to take third in the 50m freestyle relay (2:12.25) and 50m medley relay (2:31.12). Alex was third in 50m backstroke (36.75). Girls Anya Fletcher, Kaitlin Owen and Nellie Eastland were joined in the relays by Isabella Renwick swimming up an age group to secure third in the 50m freestyle (2:10.15) and the 50m medley (2:26.13). Anya took second in 50m backstroke (36.63) while Nellie was second in 50m freestyle (32.00) and 50m fly (33.63, PB).
Team manager Lisa Collins commented, “How lucky we are to have such a lovely group of children swimming for us. Lots of fantastic swims, tremendous effort and a great finish.“