Success at Portsmouth Northsea Easter Meet

After competing in the Island Championships last weekend six Guernsey Swimming Club swimmers travelled to the Mountbatten Sports Centre to compete in the Portsmouth Northsea Easter Meet. The Level 1 long course competition comprising of seven sessions held over four days attracted 59 clubs, 535 swimmers swimming 2876 individual swims and finals for 14 and under and 15+. A high level competition gaining 50m race experience and a final chance to gain South East Regional qualifying times.

Samuel Lowe’s first race was the 50m butterfly and was hoping to go under the 30 second barrier swimming hard to the finished disappointing for Samuel but still an exceptional swim he finished in a time of 30.00, gaining a place in the final. Where he again just missed his goal finishing in 30.03. Samuel took individual age group gold in the 200 backstroke, silver in 50 backstroke and bronze in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly and has gained a full set of South East Regional qualifying times.

In a exciting 200 breaststroke Charlie-Joe Hallett placed 1st overall a body length in front of the next swimmer and was seeded top for the open final, unfortunately he was unable to swim the final as the team had to leave to catch their flight. Charlie-Joe also swam a great 100m breaststroke improving his long course PB to 1.10.44 enduring his place in the men’s final equalising his time to the heats. Following on from his success at the Island Championships in the backstroke events in very competitive tight swim Charlie-Joe won his heat and finished in silver position in the open final. In the 50m men’s he reduced his long course time to 25.62 in an exciting close race finishing as 2nd reserve for the final. Charlie-Joes medal haul was Gold 200 Breaststroke, Silver 200 IM & 50 breaststroke, bronze 50, 100 freestyle & 50 backstroke.

Sophie Wilcox picked up bronzes in the 200 freestyle and 50 backstroke also had a cracking swim in the 100 freestyle bettering her Hampshire county championship time from February.

Laura Le Cras had some good performances winning Bronzes in the 50 Breaststroke and the 50 Butterfly making qualifying for several finals.

Sibling Luke had a great weekend producing all new long course personal best times, Luke swam a great 50 freestyle with a strong finish knocking a second off his long course time.

Isabelle Gaudion swam a great 200 backstroke in a new personal best time unfortunately her start was just a little too good coming up past the 15m mark infringing the rules and was DQ’d but had an excellent swim in the 50 backstroke.

Guernsey Swimming Club results

Luke Le Cras (12)

50 Butterfly 35.67. (PB)
50 Backstroke 37.35 (PB)
100 Backstroke 1.18.82 (PB)
50 Freestyle 30.97 (PB)
100 Freestyle 1.08.03 (PB)
200 Freestyle 2.26.48 (PB)
400 Freestyle 5.14.53 (PB)
50 Breaststroke 39.45 (PB)
200 Breaststroke 3.13.90 (PB)
200 Individual Medlay 2.45.59 (PB)

Samuel Lowe (13)

50 Butterfly (30.00) PB. Final 30.03
100 Butterfly 1.07.26 (PB) Final 1.06.59 6th
200 Butterfly 2.40.81
50 Backstroke 32.44
100 Backstroke 1.15.67
200 Backstroke 2.35.01 Final 2.32.36 5th
100 Freestyle 1.00.06
200 Freestyle 2.11.98 Final 2.11.79
400 Freestyle 4.45.07
200 Individual Medlay 2.31.42 Final 2.32.36

Laura Le Cras (14)

50 Butterfly 30.03 3rd Final 30.35
50 Breaststroke 35.78 3rd Final
100 Breaststroke 1.23.98
50 Freestyle 28.29
100 Freestyle 1.01.97 Final 1.02.49 6th
50 Backstroke 33.46
200 Individual Medlay 2.34.07

Sophie Wilcox (16)

100 Butterfly 1.15.40
50 Backstroke 35.09 3rd
100 Backstroke 1.16.32
200 Backstroke 2.44.49 3rd
50 Freestyle 29.85
100 Freestyle 1.04.60
200 freestyle 2.22.71

Charlie-Joe Hallett (16)

50 Breaststroke 31.68 (PB) Final 31.89
100 Breaststroke 1.10.44 (PB) Final 1.10.44
200 Breaststroke 2.33.51 Finalist
100 Butterfly 1.01.19 (PB)
50 Backstroke 29.25
100 Backstroke 1.02.98   Final 1.04.01 6th
200 Backstroke 2.16.35 Final 2.15.74
50 Freestyle 25.62
200 Individual Medley 2.18.28 1st Final 2.16.96 Silver

Isabelle Gaudion (17)

50 Freestyle 31.56
100 Freestyle 1.05.65
200 Freestyle 2.25.73
50 Backstroke 33.47
100 Backstroke 1.13.40
200 Backstroke 2.39.13
50 Butterfly 33.73