King's Worcester

1 March

Record Breaking King’s Swimmers Compete at Worcestershire County Championships

Hannah Woodcock (Pershore Swimming Club) was simply on fire for the County Championships. Hannah won nine golds, one silver and two bronze medals. In seven of the events she was Junior Champion (fastest swimmer under the age of sixteen) and in the 50m Freestyle she was Senior Ladies’ Champion. Amazing since Hannah is still thirteen! This swim also broke a Junior County record which previously had been held for sixteen years by Amy Smith of Wyre Forest, a GB Olympic swimmer and Commonwealth medallist.

Alex Barry (Pershore Swimming Club) had an exceptional County Championships winning nine golds, three silver and one bronze in her age group. She also achieved overall Ladies’ Champion in the 1500m Freestyle and Junior Champion in the 200m Backstroke. Bella Barry (Pershore Swimming Club) made several finals and won an impressive gold in the 50m Butterfly.

Dan Day (Worcester Swimming Club) started his County Championships brilliantly winning the 800m and 1500m Freestyle in the fourteen year old age group, also winning Junior Champion in both events. Unfortunately shortly after this amazing achievement Dan was struck down with a nasty virus that then prevented him competing from the rest of the competition. Due to other commitments Sam Hawes (Worcester Swimming Club) was only able to compete in one event this year, the 100m Backstroke. Sam swam a great race to win a bronze medal in the final.

Josie Armstrong (Worcester Swimming Club) also had a great championships winning overall championship bronze medals in 800m Freestyle, 400m Individual Medley and 200m Fly, and silver age group medals in 200m Fly, 400m Individual Medley and 800m Freestyle and a bronze age group medal in 100m Fly. Adam Rutter (Worcester Swimming Club) won four silvers and one bronze medal in his age group, secured four regional qualifying times and swam a personal best in eight out of eleven events.

Josie Ross (Redditch Swimming Club) won silver for the 1500m Freestyle in the sixteen years or over category and was third in the overall ladies’ competition in that event. Charlie Dixon won four medals over the championships including a bronze in the 200m Individual Medley.

Henry Halford went 1 – 2 – 3 with 100m and 200m Breaststroke and the 100m Medley. Naomi Marsden secured a great bronze medal in the 50m Butterfly. Sam Hartley also won bronze in his age group for the 50m Breaststroke.

Competing at county level is an achievement in itself as swimmers need to record qualifying times within a specific time frame. Others competing at the championships were Catherine Rendall-Baker, Leo Rendall-Baker Olivia Howard, Isabella Woodcock and Izzy Trow. Big congratulations to Izzy who managed to record her first regional qualifying time at this event. Congratulations to all of the swimmers, we are incredibly proud of you and your achievements!