Best times in the pool

PUBLISHED: 12:05 12 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010

Finalists, l-r: Kirsten Farthing, Nick Metcalf, Doug Kerr, Paul Titley and Nikki Newell

Finalists, l-r: Kirsten Farthing, Nick Metcalf, Doug Kerr, Paul Titley and Nikki Newell

ELITE youngsters from the Mid Beds Swim Squad competed at a level one meet at the Ponds Forge pool in Sheffield over the weekend. The 18 swimmers had an amazing 90 long course (50m) personal best times, which converted into 35 short course (25m) personal

ELITE youngsters from the Mid Beds Swim Squad competed at a level one meet at the Ponds Forge pool in Sheffield over the weekend.

The 18 swimmers had an amazing 90 long course (50m) personal best times, which converted into 35 short course (25m) personal bests at the City of Derby 2006 open meet.

Five of the swimmers swam in finals over the course of the meet.

They were Doug Kerr, Nick Metcalf, Paul Titley, Kirsten Farthing and Nikki Newell.

Adam Ingledew claimed the top 12-year-old boys' prize (£30) by setting long course personal bests in all of his swims.

There were also 31 East Anglian regional qualifying times set during the course of the weekend.

Danielle Lee set her first ever regional qualifying time in the 100m freestyle, posting a time of 1:08.05.

Emma Jones improved on her 100m and 200m freestyle bests, recording regional times in both events.

Adam Ingledew narrowly missed four of his national qualifying times, while Josh Farrell was at his best in the 200m breaststroke.

Kane Farrell posted an outstanding time of 3:18.98 in his 200m breaststroke to leave him ranked first in the country for his age.

Harriet Brettle stormed to two massive personal bests in the 200m freestyle (2:17.56) and the 400m freestyle (4:49.56).

Siblings George and Abbie Lavallin set four new regional qualifying times, and every event they swam was a long course personal best performance.

Paul Titley and Doug Kerr both qualified for the 100m backstroke final, where Paul bettered his mark to gain his first regional time of the season.

Nikki Newell also achieved the same feat in the corresponding female event.

Doug Kerr and Myles Gibson then went on to claim their 50m and 100m freestyle regional times, as did Nick Metcalf who also claimed his 100m butterfly.

Louise King and Carmen Mallet both recorded regional times in the 400m freestyle and 200m breaststroke.

Katie Tavener and Rachel Hollington really got into the swing of long course competition, narrowly missing their regional times but still posting some outstanding times.

Emily Aust and Kirsten Farthing both swam close to their best despite suffering from post-Christmas illness.

Head coach Vix Metcalf was pleasantly surprised at the performances.

She said: "The small squad did themselves proud as they were swimming against some of the country's elite performers. The vast amount of personal bests and regional qualifying times is a credit to their effort since the beginning of the season."

P Alex Hill won gold in the 12-15 years under-70kgs category at the British IBF Judo Championships.

She was representing the Bedford High School Hellcats at the national championships in Sittingbourne, Kent.

Alex, who is also a member of Biggleswade Swimming Club, won all her fights, the semi-final by 'ippon' and the final by a 'hold down'.

She has now been selected to compete in this year's IBF European Championships in Poland.

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