Caitlin Morgan, 12. Picture by Robin Crossley.
IT WAS another great night for fast times at Medina Leisure Centre last weekend, as the IW Sprint Championships concluded.
Just like the previous weekend’s successes, two more records tumbled and another 102 new personal bests were registered, as swimmers of all ages tackled the 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly, and the boys took on the 100m medley.
The first record to fall was the girls’ 50m freestyle, in the 11 to 12 years category. Abigail Lacey’s time of 30.82 was almost a second faster than that set by C. Franklin in 1990.
The second, in the same age group, was set by Benjamin Curliss in the 100m medley. His time of 1.21.75 was almost two seconds faster than that set by Sam Sussmes four years ago.
There were some very close battles for supremacy in the boys’ section. Luke Herbert lost out to Jake Williams in the 15 to 16 years’ medley by 0.08 of a second, while Rhys Hunt and Sam Tinson-Wood were fingertips apart in the final heat of the 50m butterfly — Hunt just taking the title in a time of 27.83, Tinson-Wood finishing in 28.00.
Lottie James had another good weekend, backing up her three victories in the first round with two more to complete a clean sweep. She won the 13 to 14 years’ 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly in 29.37 and 33.23 respectively — the fastest times registered by any IW woman on the night.
As well as Lottie enjoying a clean sweep of victories, Ella Hillier (girls’ 17 to 18 years), Bethany Jerram (girls’ 19 years and over), James Morgan (boys’ ten years) and Benjamin Curliss (boys’ 13 to 14 years) also won all five of their events.
• Full results in the Friday, February 7, County Press.
• Pictures on our online gallery www.iwcpgallery.co.uk.