Boston swimmers go the distance to break records

Boston swimmers showed their versatility when contesting long distance disciplines to round off their annual club championships.

BOSTON swimmers showed their versatility when contesting long distance disciplines to round off their annual club championships.

They turned their attention to the more daunting challenges of the 800m and 1,500m front crawl categories.

In the 1,500m, five Boston championship records fell.

In the boys’ event, Lewis Bontoft became the first nine-year-old to register a 1,500m time, instantly setting a new club and championship record, when finishing second in the 10/u category that was won by Jordan Clare.

In the 11-13 years, Jordan Ward (13) took first place, with Harry Dean-Allen (13) second and James Hurley (11) third.

In heat one of the girls’ event, 10-year-old Libby Dean-Allen took first place in the 10/us in 3 mins 20 secs, a personal best.

But it was in heat two when the records started to tumble. Jessica Pettitt (11) knocked more than two minutes off her personal best, beating the previous record in the 11-year-olds section, held by Amber Nuttman by 48 seconds.

This did not deter Amber in the third and final heat, as she broke Hannah Macleod’s record for the 13-year-olds by 40 seconds, winning the 11-13s age group.

In return, Hannah recorded a 40-second PB when breaking the 14-year age group’s club and championship record, finishing second in the 14-and-over category, which was won comfortably by Susannah Yielding (15), who recorded a 24-second personal best, breaking a club and championship record.

In the 800m events, Lewis Bontoft set a first nine-year-old club and championship time, finishing second in the 10/u age group, Jordan Clare earning a long-distance double by coming first.

Jordan Ward comfortably won the 11-13s title from Harry Dean-Allen and Michael Keal.

In the girls’ event it was a similar story, with the only difference being Charlize Arundell who took the 10/under honours from Libby Dean-Allen and nine-year-old Amber Blower.

In the 11-13 age group, Jessica Pettitt (11) took 14 seconds off the previous record when finishing second to Amber Nuttman (13) who, in turn, shaved a second off the 13-year-old record.

Amber pushed Susannah Yielding (15) all the way in the final heat, but the latter was crowned the 14-and-over champion, setting a new championship record.