Boston Swimming Club win the Gerry Gibbons Memorial

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It was a winning return to the Gerry Gibbons Memorial Gala for the team of 25 swimmers from Boston Amateur Swimming Club.

Competing in the Spalding gala for the first time in four years, Boston had never previously fielded a team that had not come away from this memorial gala without a trophy and was not intending to change this.

The B grade gala meant Coach Ian Wells had the task of picking a strong team while considering set cut-off times.

Any swimmer quicker than these times would mean that vital points for the team would be lost.

The evening began well with Boston taking maximum points in the opening race, with Georgia Hodgkiss recording a PB in the girls Open 100m Individual Medley.

This was followed soon after with a team win in the Mixed 13 years and Open age group Medley Relay.

Further race wins and PBs were added by Chloe Baldry (girls 13/u 100m Fly) and Millie Prudden (girls 11/u 100m Breast) which left Boston with four point advantage after 10 races over the strong Lincoln Pentaqua team.

From early on in the competition it became clear that the trophy would be going to one of these two teams.

The following 10 races saw fortunes change slightly – Boston saw a 1st place finish from one of its older swimmers disallowed for being quicker than the cut-off time, some mid-placed finishes and despite wins from Libby Dean-Allen (girls 11/u Fly) and Myles Beagles (boys 11/u Fly), the top two teams were now neck-and-neck. This set-up a tense second-half to the competition and provided an exciting finish for all the spectators present.

Boston stepped up their game and the team took maximum points in seven of the next 11 races.

As well as two relay wins in the Mixed 9/11 years 4x25 Medley and the Mixed 13/Open 4x50 Front Crawl, maximum points came from Millie Prudden (girls 11/u 100m free), William Pettitt (boys 11/u 100m Free), Charlize Arundell (girls 13/u 100m Back), Toni Keal (girls Open 100m Breast) and Grace Roberts (girls 9/u 50m Free).

The final seven races of the evening saw Boston finish no lower than second place in each event, with Jessica Pettitt and James Hurley adding two more wins (girls and boys 13/u 100m breast).

The swimmers of Boston ASC were delighted to have won the Gerry Gibbons Gala Trophy for the fifth time since the competition had started, with a 10-point advantage over Lincoln Pentaqua and 43 points ahead of South Lincs Black.

Personal Bests: Rosanna Abbott, Charlize Arundell, Chloe Baldry, Myles Beagles, Libby Dean-Allen, Pasquale Fiore, Georgia Hodgkiss, James Hurley, Michael Keal, Jessica Pettitt, William Pettitt, Alfie Prudden (two), Millie Prudden (two), Grace Roberts, Jessica Sauntson, Kieran Warrant (two).