Stevenage trio help Herts to schools' success

Three Stevenage swimmers helped Hertfordshire to a crushing victory at the 2008 Inter-County Schools Gala. The annual gala contested between Herts, Beds, Bucks and Oxfordshire is for swimmers in school Years Five to Eight. Three Stevenage swimmers – Dani

Three Stevenage swimmers helped Hertfordshire to a crushing victory at the 2008 Inter-County Schools' Gala.

The annual gala contested between Herts, Beds, Bucks and Oxfordshire is for swimmers in school Years Five to Eight.

Three Stevenage swimmers - Danielle Murphy, Carina Bays and Christie Bays - helped Herts to retain its regional title for the third consecutive year.

A strong Herts team dominated the gala winning all but six events.


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Carina won the Year Eight girls' breaststroke and Christie won the Year Six breaststroke breaking the previous county record by almost four seconds.

And Danielle finished in a creditable fourth place in the Year Six girls' fly.

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All three won gold medals as Herts set two new inter-county records in the relays.

Stevenage Swimming Club had a good showing at the recent middle distance Kate Lack Trophy Meet at Barnet's Copthall pool.

Local swimmers won a dozen medals and set some new personal best times at the gala.

Top performer Danny Buckley won two golds in the 400m freestyle and 200m backstroke and a third place in the 200m freestyle.

Jake Robinson also won two gold medals in the 200m and 400m individual medley events.

Joe Mahon and Matthew Costello achieved a series of personal bests with Joe winning a silver in the 200m individual medley and Matthew coming third in the 400m freestyle.

In the girls' events, Jessica Jackson won the 400m freestyle.

Fiona Thornton completed a successful day for the team with the top medal haul of three silvers in the 200m freestyle, 200m individual medley and the 200m breaststroke and a third in the 200m backstroke.

A report and pictures from the recent Stevenage Open Meet will appear in next week's Comet.

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