SWIMMING: Wisbech Swimming Club make waves in Senior Fenland League One Gala

Ben Knowles, Beth Dennis, Mary O'’Neill, Sam Smith and Alex Gallagher. PHOTO: Elisabeth Eden

Ben Knowles, Beth Dennis, Mary O'’Neill, Sam Smith and Alex Gallagher. PHOTO: Elisabeth Eden - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Swimming Club impressed in the latest instalment of the Senior Fenland League One galas.

While the club’s youngsters couldn’t do enough to take first place, they produced some top performances to finish in second behind West Norfolk.

Keeping their cross-county rivals on their toes throughout the evening, Wisbech took victories in the female 10/U & 12/U 100m freestyle relay (Lily Jones, Esme Gilbert, Erin Doherty and Molly Hewitt), male 12/U 50m backstroke (Conner Loughlin), male 10/U 50m breaststroke (Henry Leach), female 10/U 50m freestyle (Erin Doherty), female 10/U 50m backstroke (Esme Gilbert), male 10/U 50m backstroke (Harry Smith), male 12/U 50m freestyle (Mateusz Smialek), male 12/U 10m individual medley (Joe Tierney) and male 10/U and 12/U 100m medley relay (Harry Smith, Joe Tierney, Harrison Smith and Henry Leach).

Their fine form followed another strong display at the 14 and Under Regional Championships earlier in the summer in Norwich.

Alex Gallagher, Mary O’Neill and Ben Knowles joined teammates Beth Dennis and Sam Smith and Dennis, competing in the 100m and 50m breaststroke events, swam faster than her short course personal bests.

Knowles, swimming in the 13 and under age group and the most prolific qualifier, competed in five events – 50m, 100m and 200m back, 200m IM and 200m front crawl.

He swam the equivalent of two short course personal bests in the 100 and 50m back and was delighted with his results.

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Sam Smith’s 100m backstroke time in the 13 and under group converted to be within a second of his best short course performance and although Gallagher and O’Neill were both outside their best times, they learned from the experience and are already working hard towards achieving times for next year.

Wisbech Swimming Club head coach, Greg Marsters, said: “I’m very upbeat about these performances. All five swimmers have worked hard to achieve this competition level and I hope it’ll inspire other squad swimmers to obtain qualifying times for next year.”

For more information on Wisbech Swimming Club, visit www.wisbechsc.co.uk.

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