8:40am Sunday 27th October 2013
PERSHORE Swimming Club made a good start in the National Arena League (Division Three South), just being edged out into second place.
Competing in round one at Droitwich against winners Orion, from south Birmingham, Abingdon Vale and the hosts, Pershore fell short by only three points despite some excellent performances.
Pershore delivered 17 first places and 20 personal best times.
The boys’ 11/under 4x50- metre freestyle team were the first to score maximum points with a dominant swim from Chris Vizard, William Gearey, Simon Sweatman and William Clarke in two minutes 11.37 seconds.
This was followed by a second win for Pershore from the boys’ 13/u 4x50m medley team of Josh Lane, Jack Betteridge, Sweatman and Callum Sanderson in a time of 2.23.57.
Naomi Marsden and Sweatman won their respective 11/u 50m backstroke events, while Betteridge and Lane won the boys’ 13/u 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke in respective times of 1.29.21 and 1.19.04.
Sweatman secured maximum points in the boys’ 11/u 50m butterfly in 34.61.
Isabella Woodcock helped Pershore’s cause with victory in the girls’ 50m breaststroke in 41.67.
Betteridge made it two wins from two individual races in winning the boys’ 13/u 100m butterfly in 1.22.52, while Harry Sykes claimed the boys’ 15/u 100m freestyle in 58.60.
Megan Annis secured the girls’ 11/u 50m freestyle in 33.87 and Gearey won the boys’ 11/u 50m freestyle in 31.97. Sweatman made it three wins from three individual races in the boys’ 13/u 100m freestyle and Sykes made it two wins from two in the boys’ 15/u 100m breaststroke.
Pershore ended with three excellent wins in the relays, with the girls 11/u 4x50m medley team of Marsden, Woodcock, Isobel Cumming and Annis taking first place in 2.38.38, followed by the boys’ 11/u 4x50m medley team of Vizard, Gearey, Sweatman and Clarke winning in 2.42.99.
The boys’ 13/u 4x50m freestyle team of Lane, Betteridge, Gearey and Sanderson also triumphed.
The relay performances enabled Pershore to snatch second place, finishing on 107 points and pushing Abingdon Vale into third on 105 and Droitwich fourth on 87.
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