Sharks are big fishes

Letchworth Sharks won the latest round of swimming galas on Saturday to stay top of the Herts League Division Three with a 100 per cent record. Sharks beat St Albans, Fifolits, Borehamwood, Tring and Royston and now only need to finish in the top two in t

Letchworth Sharks won the latest round of swimming galas on Saturday to stay top of the Herts League Division Three with a 100 per cent record.

Sharks beat St Albans, Fifolits, Borehamwood, Tring and Royston and now only need to finish in the top two in the last round to be assured of promotion.

Amber Brough was swimmer of the gala for breaking her freestyle record, narrowly finishing second, and winning the open girls' backstroke.

Georgina Quayle won her freestyle race in a new personal best, Paul Foster and Rachel Brown also won the freestyle, while James Thomson and James Willoughby set new best times.


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In backstroke, Imogen DeTrafford won emphatically and lowered her time. Ben Taylor and Alex Hawkins swam well, getting new personal times and top three places.

Breaststroke saw Eleanor Hardy, Hayley Smith and Graham Birch all swim faster than they have before, and in butterfly Rachel Murray and Mike Hardy came first, Rachel Brown set a new time and Georgina Quayle destroyed the field, winning in a new personal time.

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The boys' under-16 team of Tom Plater, Paul Foster, Ben Taylor, Mike Hardy, Ricky Cortis and Sebastian DeTrafford won the freestyle and medley relays.

Their girls' under-12 team of Rachel Brown, Megan Levet, Imogen DeTrafford and Sarah Plater won their freestyle relay and the girls' under-16 team of Ashleigh Godfrey, Leah Mealing, Eloise Skinner and Lucy Keen won the medley relay.

With many second and third places in all the other events, Sharks continued their amazing 2007, remaining unbeaten in all leagues. But spare a thought for the head coach Alan Tomlin who has to get thrown in the pool fully clothed every time the Sharks finish first!

P Stevenage swimmers attended two open meets at the weekend in preparation for the ASA county championships in March.

On Saturday, 10 swimmers entered the Hatfield UK Challenge at the Herts Sports Village.

This was a level two meet and the youngsters were up against top-class clubs but came away with 16 medals.

Liam Doonan picked up seven golds in the nine to 10-years-old age group - 50m backstroke, 50m and 100m butterfly, 50m and 100m freestyle, plus 100m and 200m individual medley.

Jake Robinson (11 to 12-years-old) won three golds in the 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle and three silvers in the 100m breaststroke, 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle.

Joseph Mileusnic (nine to 10-years-old) also picked up two golds in the 50m breaststroke and 100m backstroke.

Georgia Hazell (nine to 10-years-old) picked up a bronze in the 100m freestyle as well as three personal bests out of four events.

Lily West, Isobel Dunnicliffe, Shaun Dempsey, Thomas Worbey, David Spicer and Jack Jarrett all achieved personal bests.

On Sunday, five swimmers travelled to Barnet Copthall for the 200s meet and collected 10 medals between them.

Liam Doonan (10-years-old) picked up three more golds in the 200m backstroke, freestyle and butterfly and a bronze in the breaststroke.

Thomas Worbey (11-years-old) won two silvers in the backstroke and butterfly and bronzes in the freestyle and breaststroke.

David Spicer (10-years-old) clinched a silver medal in the butterfly and brother Paul (13-years-old) also won silver in the butterfly.

Danny Buckley achieved personal bests in his events - backstroke and freestyle.

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