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Club is fourth at Shield gala
7:50am Sunday 13th October 2013 in Sport
PERSHORE Swimming Club finished fourth at the Profab Shield Gala at Wolverhampton.
Despite missing a couple of key personnel, the team held off the challenge of fifthplaced Redditch in the seventeam event and were 26 points behind third-placed Oldbury.
Stourbridge won the competition and Kingsbury were second, while Haden Hill were sixth and Bromsgrove last.
Megan Annis, aged 10, got Pershore off to a flying start by coming second in the girls’ 50-metre freestyle in 34.01 seconds and securing a new county qualifying time (CQT).
This was followed with maximum points for the club with William Gearey, 10, easily winning the boys’ 50m freestyle in 31.25.
There were third places for Jack Betteridge in the 13- year-old 50m breaststroke and Owen Leeks in the 14- year-old 100m backstroke, as well as the boys’ and girls’ 11-year-old 4x25m medley teams.
Pershore were second after the first 10 events but struggled to grab a top-three finish in the next 10, slipping down to fourth.
Jasmine Taite, 12, got Pershore back on track with third place in the 13-year-old 50m butterfly, while Isobel Cumming, 11, finished second in the 11-year-old 50m butterfly.
Gearey made it two wins from two, taking first in the 11-year-old 50m butterfly in 38.25 and securing a CQT.
Hannah Simister, 12, put in one of the best performances in winning the 12-year-old 50m breaststroke in 43.94.
Two more podium places were secured by the 13-yearold girls’ and boys’ 4x50m medley relay teams, both taking third.
Jake Spencer was third in the 14-year-old 50m butterfly and Ellen Cope third in the 11-year-old 50m backstroke, before 10-year-old Patrick Heeks finished second in the 11-year-old 50m backstroke with a new CQT of 42.90.
Still trailing Oldbury, Gearey grabbed second in the 12-year-old 50m freestyle and Josh Lane was runnerup in the 13-year-old 50m backstroke in 42.90, his first CQT of the year.
With only 10 events left, Pershore found themselves being edged out into fourth and fifth spots, meaning they were struggling to catch Oldbury in third.
The final podium finishes were left to the 14-year-old 4x50m medley relay team’s with both the boys and girls claiming third.
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