36 year old record falls in the Rothschild 100m Series

36 year old record falls in the Guernsey Swimming Club Rothschild 100m Series.

With the Rothschild’s Island Championship at the end of this month this was a gala to work on their 100m sprints, especially for those swimmers training hard in the hope of being selected for the 2017 Island Games. In total 5 records fell at the Guernsey Swimming Club Rothschild 100m series, a level 4 ASA licenced meet using electronic timing. The competition was spread over three nights at St Sampsons High School and Beau Sejour Leisure Centre.

An outstanding swim saw Samuel Lowe improve his 100m backstroke time by 5 seconds to smash Brent Langs 36 year old record set in 1981 by 1.02 seconds setting the new record at 1.09.79 for the 12-13 boys. Setting new PB’s in all of his swims, Samuel also took golds in the Freestyle (1.01.51), Butterfly (1.09.44), Individual Medley (1.13.32). Ronny Hallett swam a very competitive hard race to win the gold in the breaststroke (1.25.33) with Samuel coming second and Luke Le Cras 3rd. Ronny took silver in the Freestyle, IM and Backstroke with Luke winning silver in the Butterfly and Bronzes in the Freestyle, Breaststroke, backstroke and IM.

Laura Le Cras won all the 14-15 girls events setting two new records in the process. In the breaststroke Laura reduced her time by almost 1 second to set the new record at 1.17.27, just off her PB. She also set a new record in the freestyle (59.25). Laura took golds in Backstroke (1.09.28), Butterfly (1.07.76), IM (1.08.23). Veronica Chapman winning silver in all 5 events and sister Nadine taking all the bronzes.

The other record breaker was Ben Lowndes in the mens 16+ category, winning all 5 races breaking his own records in the IM (59.55) and the breaststroke (1.07.81) recording time for freestyle (53.88), butterfly (58.65), backstroke (1.03.03). Charlie-Joe Hallett pushing ben to the finish every time claimed well deserved silvers in all 5 events, with Kevin Penney gaining bronzes in the backstroke, IM and freestyle, with Callum Penney bronze in the Breaststroke and John Deadman Bronze in the Butterfly.

Meanwhile in the 10-11 year girls some excellent swimming produced mixed results with Ebony Lowndes winning the Freestyle (1.24.83) and Backstroke (1.34.94), Rudie Sturgeon the IM (1.37.48) and Breaststroke (1.50.14) and Morgan Hamon the Butterfly (1.49.81). For the boys Joshua Dunning swam hard improving all his times coming first in the IM (1.33.12), Breaststroke (1.47.17), Freestyle (1.20.44), butterfly (1.46.41) with Lennon Williams winning the Backstroke (1.29.80).

Kiia Walker had a clean sweep in the 12-13 girls claiming producing 4 new PB’s she won the freestyle (1.07.35), Butterfly (1.24.59), backstroke (1.16.24), IM (1.19.82) breaststroke (1.34.42) with the silvers going to Abigail Stephens in the Butterfly, Backstroke, IM. Abigail Bran the freestyle and Georgia Winstanley the breaststroke.

In an exciting backstroke race saw Laura and Isabelle touching the pads together both recording a time of (1.09.28) which earned Isabelle Gaudion the 16+ backstroke title she also placed 1st in the 100 freestyle (1.04.11), IM (1.16.08) and butterfly (1.18.52) with Amy Ryan claiming the Breaststroke (1.30.97).

Improving his swimming with every race 15 year old Etienne Gaudion won the 14-15 years Butterfly (1.20.65), backstroke (1.06.68), Breaststroke (1.23.38)and the IM (1.12.32).

Competing for the first time in the 100m events producing some lovely swims was 9 year old Grace Reid who won the backstroke (1.53.00), IM (1.57.95), Freestyle (1.54.37), Breaststroke (2.16.03) with Jessica Peacegood coming in 2nd. 8 year old Oliver Stephens also had some fantastic swims winning the Backstroke (1.59.31) and the freestyle (1.56.58).