There were sensational results this week-end for West Wight swimmers at both national and local levels.
Paige Critchley, 17, and Luke Herbert, 13, were both selected to represent Hampshire in the annual National Inter Counties championships which brings the top swimmers of the Nations 40 counties together for a team Gala in Sheffield. Paige produced an all time personal best performance in the 100m breaststroke in a time of 1.15.27 and also swum her fastest split time in the 4 x 50m medley relay in 34. 53. Luke achieved an impressive PB time of 1.05.13 in the 100m Back which ranks him within the top 5 fastest 1992 born boys in the nation. Luke also Pbed in his relay split going 31.41 on 50m. The very high profile event was aired live on the web for the world to see.
While Luke and Paige were competing in Sheffield 11 other West Wight Swimmers raced in Southampton for the annual James Moreno open meet which saw by far the most numerous entries and the highest standard ever seen.
Twelve year old Lottie James managed to win medals in all 8 events she competed in with PBs in all and gold in three. In her first event the 200 Individual Medley Lottie time of 2.38.59 was the second fastest time of all girl competitors. In the same 11/12 year age group Molly Fennimore, 11, had a sensational meet, producing PBs in all her events and with 40 other swimmers in that same age group, Molly was still very close to medal contention.
The youngest swimmers included Millie Shannon, Grace Poynter and Benji Curliss, all ten, and they all swum well under their Pb times. Benji achieved a Hampshire time in the 200m and 50m Free and 50m back and Grace in the 50m breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley.
Thirteen year old Sid McLaren competed in a very competitive 13 /14 years age group and won Gold in the 50m free and bronze in the 50m fly. Sid has recently been accepted at the elite Plymouth College to continue her studies and train in one of the best swimming programmes in the world with Plymouth Leander.
Also in the 13/14 years age group was 13 years old Charlie Fennimore who competed in two morning events and Pbed in the 50m free.
In the open 15 years and age category Ella Hillier, 16, had the longest day of all West Wight competitors, Starting in the early morning 400m free event and finishing with the last event of the day, Ella clocked over 12 hours poolside!! Ella won bronze in the 100m Fly in a PB time and was very close to her lifetime PBs in all the other events.
Bethany Jerram who has made a huge come back in the pool gained two more Island Games training times in the 50m and 100m Fly. In the 100m Fly Bethany PB time of 1.11.35 won her a silver medal. Bethany also PBed in all her other events.
Senior swimmers Beth Dyer and Matthew Barber, both 18, competed well beyond their expectations considering they were out of training during the week due to colds. Both Beth and Matthew produced times very close to their best and showed their years of experience in the pool with the fastest starts and turns. Matthew won bronze in the 50 breaststroke.