Young swimmers claim the medals

THE second stage of the 61st annual County Swimming Championships saw Boston youngsters improve on their good form of the first session

They achieved six gold medals, 13 silvers and 11 bronzes in addition to three Midland qualifying times, one county record, four championship records, one club record and 58 personal best times.

Event one saw the girls tackle the 50m butterfly with Harley Maddison (nine) winning her first ever county medal by taking silver in a new personal best time.

Hannah Macleod (14) was the only other Boston swimmer to achieve a medal in that event, picking up silver in her age category.

The boys’ 100m breaststroke saw Boston pick up only one medal, James Hurley recording a new PB to take silver in the 12-year age category.

Although 10 of the 14 girls picked up PBs, they struggled to achieve medals in the 100m individual medley.

Charlize Arundell (11) took silver and it was left to Toni Keal (15) to be the only other girl to achieve a medal with bronze – although Susannah Yielding (16) did break the club record by half a second when recording a time of 1 minute 12.26 seconds.

It was in event four (the boys’ 400m freestyle) where medals came thick and fast.

The nine-year-old boys again dominated their age category, with Lewis McGarry taking gold and smashing the championship record by six seconds, also achieving a Midland qualifying time (5 mins 39.66 secs).

Isaac Reed again provided able support by taking silver, and William Pettitt won bronze.

In the 10-years age group, Lewis Bontoft recorded a 17-second PB to take silver, and James Hurley took his second silver of the morning with a four-second PB.

The boys’ 50m butterfly saw Lewis McGarry take his second gold, setting county and championship records in a time of 38.87 secs, with William Pettitt taking silver and Isaac Reed the bronze.

Connor Spinks (14) picked up his first butterfly medal with bronze with a tremendous two-second PB.

Sprint specialist Patrick Ikhena (18) finished in joint second place in his age group and in the boys’ open age category, as well as achieving his Midland qualifying time when setting a new PB of 27.68 seconds.

The girls’ 100m breaststroke saw Boston produce two more county champions, as Charlize Arundell produced another outstanding swim to easily win her age group, but it was a much closer fight for Amber Nuttman (14).

Event eight, the boys’100m individual medley, again saw the nine-year-old boys produce a one-two-three finish, Lewis McGarry kept (1 min 26.55 secs) followed by Isaac Reed and William Pettitt.

Lewis Bontoft took bronze in the 10-year age group and Connor Spinks took silver in his age group and bronze in the junior boys’ category.

Patrick Ikhena added another silver medal in both his age group and the boys’ open age category.

The girls’ 400m freestyle brought some impressive PBs, with Amber Blower and Kieva Clegg (10), Charlize Arundell (11), Bethany Holderness (12), Lauren Hurley and Amber Nuttman (14) all making big strides in this event. But Susannah Yielding to be the only girl to win a medal, a bronze finish.

The boys produced a host of medals in the 200m backstroke.

Lewis McGarry took his fourth gold of the day again in a championship record and a Midland qualifying time of 3 mins 01.73 secs and Isaac Reed again edged out William Pettitt to make it another clean sweep.

Lewis Bontoft took his second bronze medal of the day and James Hurley also finished in the same position for his age group. Connor Spinks finished in the bronze medal position in both his age group and junior boys age category.