Medals aplenty for the Hemel Hempstead SC speedsters

First for sport. Pic (c) Mick Young
First for sport. Pic (c) Mick Young

There was a plethora of strong performances from Hemel Hempstead SC swimmers at the Herts County Championships.

Eleanor Bevan won gold in the 50 breast and 200IM, Holly Robinson won gold in the 200 breast, and the open boys’ freestyle relay team of Jack Christie, Matt Sherriff, Tom Sherriff and Jack Spence took gold in the 4 x 50 free relay.

Hemel swimmers also won 12 silvers and 13 bronzes, with 88 other top-eight finishes, 25 new club records and 113 personal best times.

Eleanor Bevan enjoyed an excellent meet, winning silvers in the 100 breast and 400 IM in addition to her two golds in the 50 breast and 200 IM. She also set PBs in eight of her 10 individual swims, with new age group club records in the 50 and 100 breast and the 200 IM.

Holly Robinson won a silver in the 200IM and bagged bronzes in the 100 back and 100IM alongside her gold in the 200 breast. She also set new age group records in the 100 free, 100 back and 100 breast, setting 14 new PBs from her 17 individual swims.

Alice Fender won three silvers in the 50 and 400 free and 400 IM, two bronzes in the 100 free and 200 IM, and set 13 PBs including new club age group records in the all of the freestyle distances (50, 100, 200, 400 and 800) as well as the 100 and 400 IM.

Max Jelfs enjoyed a hugely impressive run of form, setting nine age-group club records in the 100 and 200 free, 50, 100 and 200 back, the 50, 100 & 200 fly, and the 200IM. This was in addition to two silvers in the 200 free and 100 back, and six bronzes in the 100 and 400 free, 100 fly, 200 back, 200 IM and as part of the 14-15 freestyle relay quartet.

Mattias Morse won silver in the 50 and 200 breast – the latter with a massive 14s PB – and he achieved regional qualifying times for the first time in both events.

Georgia Purkis won silver in the 200 breast and bronze in the 800 free where she also set a new club age group record alongside a new record in the 400 free.

Grace Cawley won silver in the 100 breast, coming second behind Holly Robinson; Elizabeth Kelly bagged bronze to complete a clean sweep for Hemel swimmers in the event. Grace also set a new club age group record in the 100 free.

Josh Gaines took silver in the 200 back, there were two bronzes for Tom Sherriff in the 50 and 100 fly, and a bronze for the boys’ 14-15 free relay team of Ashley Coombs, Jonny Farrow, Sam Gaines and Max Jelfs.

There were other excellent swims from Millie Anderton, who set a new age-group record in the 100 back, and Millie Herbert, who set six PBs from six individual swims.