Guernsey Swimming Club came home from another great weekend in Jersey at the Channel Island Championships over the weekend of 23-25 November. Sporting a smaller group of 14 swimmers this time, the team returned with an impressive collection of 62 medals between them, 26 of them Gold, 20 Silver and 16 Bronze.
With a number of the older swimmers seeing the event as final opportunity to gain valuable places in the Island Games teams, the competition was fierce.
In the 16 and over age group, Charlie-Joe Hallett took Gold in the 50m and 200m Breaststroke and the 200m Individual Medley, Silver in the 100m Individual Medley, 100m Breaststroke and 50m and 200m Backstroke and achieved personal best times in both his Individual Medley swims whilst Ben Lowndes brought home Golds in the 100m and 200m Butterfly, 100 Breaststroke and 100m Individual Medley and Bronze in the 50m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke. Isabelle Gaudion meanwhile took Silver in the 200m Backstroke and Bronze in the 50m and 100m Backstroke and the 50m Butterfly whilst Sophie Wilcox took Bronze medal in the 200m Freestyle and 200m Backstroke.
Sarah Whitchurch, swimming in the S5 disability category, took home 5 Gold medals in the 50m Freestyle in a personal best time of 51.08, 100m and 200m Freestyle, the 50m Backstroke and the 100m Breaststroke and is going on to compete at the National Para-Swimming Championships in Manchester the following weekend.
In the 15 year old girls Laura Le Cras secured 7 Gold medals knocking 6 seconds off her 200m Breaststroke time to achieve a 2.44.33 and swimming a new Championship record time in the 50m Breaststroke of 34.81 whilst also taking Gold in the 100m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Individual Medley, and the 50m and 100m Freestyle.
Samuel Lowe, competing in the 14 year old boys, came home meanwhile with personal best times in virtually all his swims and taking Golds in the 100m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle and 200m Backstroke, Silver in the 50m and 200m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle and 800m Freestyle which he swam in a 6 second Personal Best time of 8.39.68 and Bronze in the 1500m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle and the 200m Individual Medley. Ronnie Hallett meanwhile also swam a number of Personal Best times and achieved Silver medals in the 200m Breaststroke and 100m Freestyle and Bronze in the 200m Breaststroke and 100m Freestyle. Swimming in the girls 14 year olds, Kiia Walker won Gold in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke and Silver in the 50m Butterfly, 50m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle and 100m Individual Medley.
In the younger age groups, Luke Le Cras, swimming in the 13 year old boys, took Gold in the 400m Individual Medley with a Personal Best time of 5.39.00 and the 200m Breaststroke which he swam in an 11 second Personal Best time of 2.50.29 and took Bronze in the 50m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke whilst Abigail Stephens swam in the 13 year old girls achieving Silver medals in both the 100m Individual Medley and the 100m Backstroke.
The three youngest members of the team, swimming in the 12 year old girls performed excellently as well, with Gabby Wilcox taking Silver in the 100m Individual Medley, Bronze in the 50m Breaststroke and swimming a 6 second PB in her 200m Breaststroke with a 3.26.86. Ebony Lowndes meanwhile swam personal best times in all of her 7 swims including a 10 second PB in her 200m Individual Medley with a 3.05.19 whilst Morgan Hamon likewise achieved 7 personal best times knocking 7 seconds off both her 400m Freestyle with a 5.34.29 and her 400m Individual Medley with a 6.33.06.