Golden girls - and boys - make a splash

THE final day of the 61st annual County Swimming Championships saw the Boston contingent continue their fine form.

The club achieved their best results of the competition with 12 gold medals, 11 silvers and 17 bronzes.

There were also six Midland qualifying times, four County records, two championship records, three club records and 57 new personal best times achieved from the 12 events.

In the girls’ 50m freestyle, the only Boston girl to achieve a medal was Charlize Arundell (11), swimming a personal best by 3.5 secs to finish second.

The boys’ 50m breaststroke saw Boston’s nine-year-olds continue their dominance, Lewis McGarry took gold in a new county and club record time of 45.74 secs with Isaac Reed third.

Archie Bulman achieved bronze in the 10-year age group and Patrick Ikhena (18) picked up silver in both his age group and open age group, achieving his Midland qualifying time and breaking the county record (31.98 secs).

The girls’ 100m backstroke saw Charlize Arundell take gold, setting a new PB by more than eight seconds.

The boys’ 200m butterfly saw medals come thick and fast.

The nine-year-olds completed a clean sweep with Lewis McGarry taking gold, breaking the championship record (3 mins 20.53 secs), William Pettitt silver and Isaac Reed bronze.

In the 10-years group, Myles Beagles edged out team-mate William Craven to take bronze and James Hurley (12) retained his county title.

The girls’ 400m individual medley saw Amber Nuttman achieve third place.

The boys’ 200m freestyle saw Lewis McGarry take gold in a championship record time of 2 mins 42.35 secs, followed by Isaac Reed and William Pettitt in third.

Lewis Bontoft (10) earned silver and James Hurley gained bronze.

Lewis McGarry took his fourth gold of the day in the 50m freestyle, with Isaac Reed second and William Pettitt third.

Lewis Bontoft took his second silver of the day and James Hurley his second bronze.

Also taking bronze was Connor Spinks (14) in both his age group and the junior boys age category.

Patrick Ikhena finally achieved the gold medal he was craving by finishing in first place in his age group and the boys open age category, achieving his second Midland time of the day in a new county record (24.51 secs).

Charlize Arundell made it a clean sweep in the breaststroke events, with gold in the 50m.

Amber Nuttman claimed gold and Kieva Clegg (10) and Rebecca Craven (15) both earned gold.

Susannah Yielding (16) gained her Midland qualification time as well as setting a new club record of 36.27 seconds.

James Hurley gained his Midland qualifying time in the 100m backstroke (silver, 1 min 14.33 secs) and Connor Spinks took gold.

Boston enjoyed the 200m butterfly. Kieva Clegg recorded the biggest PB, taking 50 secs of her previous time to achieve silver, with Libby Dean-Allen just off her best in taking the bronze.

Hannah Macleod (14) set a fast pace to record her first Midland time of the season, breaking her own club record in 2 mins 31.95 secs to take silver.

Jessica Pettitt (12) fended off teammate Bethany Holderness’ late burst to take bronze.

Lauren Hurley (14) took bronze, achieving a nine-second PB.

Hannah who controlled the race from the start

Susannah Yielding achieved a bronze medal.

Lewis McGarry took his fifth gold of the day in the 400m individual medley in a Midland qualifying and county record time of 6 mins 24.32 secs.

James Hurley took his second silver and Harry Dean-Allen (13) took.

Charlize Arundell who finished the completion off in style, taking her third gold of the day in the 200m freestyle in the final Midland qualifying time.