Medal spree at the open meet

Stevenage swimmers were at the eighth Biggleswade open meet short course at the Saxon Pool. This meet is aimed at swimmers who already have county qualifying times. The swimmers were Christie and Carina Bays, Georgia Hazel, Rebecca Neil, Martyn Walton, Li

Stevenage swimmers were at the eighth Biggleswade open meet short course at the Saxon Pool.

This meet is aimed at swimmers who already have county qualifying times.

The swimmers were Christie and Carina Bays, Georgia Hazel, Rebecca Neil, Martyn Walton, Liam Doonan, David Spicer, Joseph Milesunic, Matthew Pallett, Jake Robinson, Danny Buckley and Shaun Dempsey and they won 22 medals between them.

Christie Bays picked up five medals in the 10-year-old group, winning golds in the 50m/200m breaststroke and three silvers in the 50m/100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke.


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Carina Bays collected a silver medal in the 12-year-old age group 50m breaststroke.

Rebecca Neil picked up a bronze in the over age group in the 50m freestyle. Georgia Hazel achieved personal best times.

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Martyn Walton, swimming his first open meet for Stevenage, achieved many personal bests including winning a silver medal in the nine-year-old group in the 50m backstroke.

In the 10-year-old age group, Liam Doonan picked up five medals winning a gold in the 50m butterfly, two silvers in the 50m backstroke and 200m butterfly, plus two bronzes in the 50m/100m freestyle.

Joseph Milesunic won a silver in the 50m breaststroke and two bronzes in the 50m/100m backstroke, and David Spicer achieved personal best times.

In the 11-year-old group, Matthew Pallett won a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke. And in the 12-year-old age group, Danny Buckley won gold in the 1500m with a time of 21.04.

Jake Robinson picked up a bronze in the 200m freestyle.

In the 14-year-old age group, Shaun Dempsey won gold in the 50m breaststroke, silver in the 200m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m breaststroke.

P Letchworth Sharks' youngest team went to Ware on Saturday and finished fifth.

They were behind winners Bishop's Stortford, hosts Ware, Broxbourne and Edmonton.

Ashleigh Godfrey continued her incredible run of form with a new club record in her backstroke event - making it her third record this year - and was rightly their swimmer of the gala.

Ashleigh's younger sister, Robyn, won her breaststroke event, as did Eleanor Hardy with a new personal best time.

The other swimmers setting new personal times were Graham Birch and Ben R Taylor in freestyle, with Hannah Ledwold, Tom Plater and brother and sister Hayley and James Smith in breaststroke.

Another brother/sister combination of Tom and Sarah Plater achieved new times in backstroke as did Nicola Sissons, Richard Thomson and Fiona Thornton.

Rachel Brown and Michael and Megan Levet set new butterfly times.

The girls' under-11 free team of Rachel Brown, Emma Whinray-Edwards, Imogen DeTrafford and Sarah Plater were fingertips away from winning their relay, having to settle for second place after a long deliberation by the officials.

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