GSC 50m Sprint Gala Report
The Guernsey Swimming Club finished the summer season off with their 50m sprint gala held at St Sampsons High School. Laura Le Cras continued to excel by setting 4 new records in the 12-13 year age group. Laura broke the 50m butterfly record by 2.07 seconds finishing in a time of 30.79, she also took 1.28 off the backstroke, 1.61 off the breaststroke and 1.59 off the freestyle an outstanding performance and good start leading up to the nationals in the first week of August. 12 year old Kiia Walker placed second in all the strokes with some great swims and new personal best times.
Charlie-Joe Hallett (15) broke three records in the boys 14-15 age group setting new times for the butterfly, 30.13, backstroke, 30.73 and the breaststroke, 34.27 and just outside the freestyle record finishing in a new personal best time of 26.80. In the same age group Isabelle Gaudion won three of the girls’ events with Eileen Chapman claiming the breaststroke.
In the 12-13 year olds’ 50m butterfly Samuel Lowe broke the 31 year old record which had previously been held by Michael Veillard in a time of 33.65, Samuel also set a new record in the backstroke in a time of 35.38 and won the freestyle in a close finish with Ronny Hallett just getting the touch finishing 0.89 in front. Ronny got the better of Samuel in the breaststroke finishing first with a new personal best just missing out on his brother’s record.
Finishing top in their age groups Abigail Stephens and Luke Le Cras (both 11) won all of their races well ahead of their competitors. Ella Richards placed second in the freestyle, backstroke and butterfly with Flo Wenlock finishing second in the breaststroke. Lennon Williams finished second in the freestyle, backstroke and butterfly with Joshua Dunning finishing second in the breaststroke.
Also on top form, 9 year old Hannah Kennedy finished first in all her races with a 5.21 second PB in the butterfly, 2.78 second PB in the backstroke, and 1.7 second PB in the breaststroke with Scarlett Gallagher placing second in all but the breaststroke which Charlotte Hamon claimed second place in – some very closely fought races with both girls producing some excellent PB’s. Harry Heaume also swam some outstanding races producing a 2.57second PB in the backstroke to finish first; he also won the backstroke. In the breaststroke, Thomas Stewart just got the touch beating Harry by 0.25 seconds in a time of 1.01.63 with both boys achieving good PB’s.
For the 16+ Ben Lowndes took the honours finishing first in all his races, with Amy Ryan winning three of her events with Aimee Bran fighting to the end just beating Amy to the pad to take the gold by a mere 0.12 seconds.
Report by Eileen Chapman