Rutland swimmers star at Penguins meeting

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Rutland swimmers were among the winners at the Leicester Penguins open meeting last weekend.

A young contingent who live, train and go to school in Rutland were representing Melton Mowbray swimming club at the event.

Jasmine Burton, swimming in the ten-year-olds’ group, opened proceedings for the club by taking more than 20 seconds off her personal best in the 400m freestyle with a time of 6m11s25.

Jasmine also set a personal best in the 200m backstroke, 50m and 200m freestyle, 200m breaststroke and the 200m IM, taking third place in the 200m freestyle.

Georgina Hallgath, not only managed personal best times in all but one of her events - 50m and 200m backstroke, 50m and 200m freestyle and 200m IM - she also took first place for her age group in 200m backstroke with a time of 2.59.27, 50m backstroke 38.29, 50m freestyle 34.63 and second in 50m butterfly.

Sophie Wisher took seven seconds off her personal best to complete the 200m freestyle in 2.45.53 for the 11-year-old girls while Charlotte Christie gained five personal bests in the 12 years category swimming 50m and 100m backstroke, 50m and 100m freestyle and 100m IM. Charlotte’s freestyle time in the 50m race won her a sliver medal place. Fleur Ellingworth gained a personal best time in her one event of 50m breaststroke.

Isabelle Graham had a very successful weekend, swimming seven races in all.

Her first race was the 100m IM where she clocked a time of 1.16.57, and her time of 35.15 for 50m breaststroke was not only a personal best but also secured third place in the 13-year-old category.

Isabelle took 20 seconds of her personal best for the 400m freestyle race and another personal best bagged her third place for 100m freestyle. A time of 1.14.60 was good enough to win a second place medal for 100m backstroke and 30.40 rounded of the weekend for Isabelle with her sixth personal best and another well deserved second place.

Emma Foers competed in the girls 15-year-old category, swimming in the 100m freestyle and 100m back stroke. In the 50m freestyle Emma gained a well-earned third place.

The club had two swimmers in the 16 and over female category. Lauren Boland competed in the 50m and 100m IM and the 100m breaststroke while Sharon Lock swam exceptionally well for two personal bests, the 50m and 100m breaststroke, and a club record for over 25s.

The boys’ youngest competitor was Will Brighty, swimming in the 10-year-old age group.

Will got off to a great start with a second place and personal best in the 50m backstroke with a time of 41.99, a fourth place for 50m fly and a pb for 50m freestyle.

Will Graham had a busy and successful weekend in the 11-year-old boys category. He bagged three second place trophies for 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke and 200m IM. In the latter race he improved his personal best by 12 seconds. He took a further fourth and fifth position for 400m freestyle and 200m freestyle respectively.

Callum Brook took part in five races over the weekend, competing in the 12-year-old category. Callum gained a solid personal best time of 1.24.39 for 100m IM. He also gained a pb for 100m freestyle and 50m fly.

The club fielded two male 15-year-old swimmers over the weekend. Guy Mousley achieved three personal best times for 100m freestyle and backstroke, and 400m freestyle for which he achieved first place.

But the club’s star performer would have to be Sam Kirkland, who had a phenomenal weekend with a personal best time of 30.75 for 50m backstroke and a first place in the 15-year-old age group.

Sam took home four second place trophies (100m fly, freestyle and backstroke and 50m freestyle) and a third place for 50m fly. His 100m freestyle time of 5.42 was 1.5 seconds under his previous personal best and he also broke four club records during the weekend, one of which has been in place for 12 years.

It was a superb end to a very successful weekend where the swimmers achieved 43 personal best times.