Guernsey Swimming Club returns golden

Thirteen swimmers from the Guernsey Swimming Club travelled to Jersey for the 8th Annual Dominion Jersey Masters Meet hosted by the Jersey Swimming Club. The club was the largest team to compete in the three-day meet and in the pool the swimmers hauled a total of 80 medals, forty-six of them being gold.

The first medal of the meet came from 43-year-old Jo Middleton, who scooped gold in the 50m backstroke in a time of 46.35. Middleton also claimed silver in the 100m IM and bronze in the 200m and 50m freestyle events.

Pauline Hogg, 59, claimed gold in all six of her races including the 800m freestyle where she knocked over 50 seconds off her entered time, finishing in 12:37.98.

Eighteen-year-old Callum Penney was the youngest swimmer competing over the weekend at Les Quennevais Sports Centre, and took home three gold medals in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke events. Along with his gold medals Penney also claimed four silvers and four bronzes in the 18-24 year old category.

His older brother Kevin, 22, also competing in the same category, medalled in all of his races, claiming four gold and four silver. Ben Lowndes, 30, was on top form as he took home 12 gold medals that he will no doubt add to his gleaming collection back at home.

The oldest swimmer travelling from Guernsey was 61 year old Mike De Laune who returned to the island with eight gold medals and one silver. As well as racing in the pool, De Laune also competed in the 1k open water event at Ouaisne Bay where he placed 1st in the 60-64 year old category, finishing in a time of 24:28.52. Katie Norris, 36, competed in the 3k event, placing 2nd in a time of 1 hour 4 minutes and 38 seconds. Fifty-three year old Naomi Wakeford claimed 1st place in the 5k event, in a time of 1 hour 56 minutes and 28 seconds.

Some of the Guernsey Swimming Club swimmers were competing in this open meet for the first time and was a hugely successful competition by all who attended.