Long-standing records smashed by town swimmers

BOSTON Swimming Club held their annual summer championships at the Geoff Moulder pool - breaking 17 championship records.

Sam Wright led the successes, winning all five races in the 14-plus age group.

Charlize Arundell (10 and under) and Amber Nuttman (11-13) also took five titles in their respective age groups.

Susannah Yielding (14-plus) and Connor Spinks (11-13) both won four titles.

This competition gave swimmers their main opportunity to gain county qualifying times for next spring’s county championships.

The 50m breaststroke saw the boys’ nine-year-old championship record smashed by 1.2 secs by Archie Bulman in the 10 and under age group.

Sam Macleod (11), broke the longest-standing boys’ record - dating back to 1988 - when finishing third in the 11–13 age group.

This was matched in the girls’ event as Charlize Arundell (10) broke the oldest girls’ record which, has stood since 1986, by more than 1.7 seconds.

Rebecca Craven shaved a 10th off the 14-year-old record, but could not threaten Susannah Yielding’s (15) dominance in this discipline as she easily won the final heat, breaking both club and championship record when taking first place overall.

Records fell at regular intervals in the 50m butterfly.

Again it was the younger boys setting the standard with new records - this time by eight-year-old Isaac Reed, who broke his brother Reuben’s record.

Lewis McGarry (nine) won the 10 and under age group and James Hurley (11) won his category.

For the girls, Susannah Yielding (15) and Hannah Macleod (14) finished first and second respectively in a closely-fought race, both breaking their age group records.

Although plenty of personal best times were set during the event, in the last race on the first night — the 100m individual medley — records proved more elusive with just two being broken.

Both Lewis McGarry and Charlize Arundell claimed their second records of the night.

The 50m backstroke was the first event on the evening of day two, and it was the girls’ turn to break the records.

In a role reversal of the previous night, Hannah Macleod (14) edged out Susannah Yielding (15) to be club champion, with both girls setting age group records.

Isaac Reed (eight) again broke his older brother Reuben’s record when claiming his second record of the weekend, and 13-year-old Connor Spinks lowered his age group record by half a second when beating all the older boys to be club champion.

The last event of the competition, the 50m freestyle, proved to be the most difficult, with only James Hurley (11) being able to achieve a record when setting a time of 31.32 seconds.

The nine-year-old boys again showed their dominance in the 10 and under age group, with Lewis Bontoft being victorious.

Events were also held for the clubs more junior squads.

For many swimmers, this was their first taste of competition action.