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Bishop’s Stortford Swimming Club members on fine form over second weekend of Swim England Hertfordshire County Championships in Borehamwood

Bishop’s Stortford Swimming Club members were on fine form over the second weekend of the Swim England Hertfordshire County Championships.

They returned home from Borehamwood with 28 age-group medals – seven golds, eight silvers and 13 bronzes – as well as six junior championship awards and nine championship awards.

Dylan Davenport led the way with two golds and two bronzes, sisters Ella and Molly Greatbatch won three golds and a silver between them in breaststroke while Jake Lloyd, Niamh James, Brandon MacDonald-Williams and club captains Freya Hadnutt and Jakey Hayes also won two medals each.

The five 10-year-olds swimming in the 10/11 age group were competing at their first county championships and all performed superbly, with Harrison Dodwell, Kenny Millsom and Yana Patel reaching age-group finals while Olivia Hawker and Ellyse Harvey registered personal bests in their events.

Dodwell took five seconds off his entry time in the heats of the 100m breaststroke and then secured bronze in the final by taking another three seconds off his time.

There were Stortford finalists in all of the younger age groups in the male 100m breast, with Guy Spearman-Baines (12yrs), Eddy Cheng (13yrs) and Elliot Hall (14yrs) swimming PBs to secure their places. Having taken two seconds off his PB in the heat, Cheng shaved a further 1.3 seconds off in the final to finish fourth.

Bishop’s Stortford’s qualifiers from the youngest two squads, the Poussins and the Benjamins
Bishop’s Stortford’s qualifiers from the youngest two squads, the Poussins and the Benjamins

In the 200m breast, all five males finished in the top eight and all six females were in the top nine in their age groups as six medals were won. There were golds for Molly Greatbatch (14yrs) and Ella Greatbatch (15yrs), silvers were achieved by Robert Gor (16yrs) and James (17/over) and bronzes went to Spearman-Baines (12yrs) and Lauren Gore (17/over).

Another notable event was the 100m butterfly, in which all five males reached finals, four of them got PBs and four medals were won. Davenport (15yrs) got gold while silver went to Noah Conroy (12yrs), Hall and Lloyd (17/over).

Captains Hadnutt and Hayes both won two bronze age-group medals – the former in the 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle and the latter in the 100m and 200m back – and gave their colleagues tremendous support.

Age-group medals: Gold - Molly Greatbatch (14yrs) 200m breast, Dylan Davenport (15yrs) 100m fly and 100m free, Ella Greatbatch (16yrs) 100m/200m breast, Emma Fields (17/Over) 100m fly, Lucy Wheeler (17/Over) 100m free; Silver - Noah Conroy (12yrs) 100m fly, Lois Fields (13yrs) 200m back, Elliot Hall (14yrs) 100m fly, Molly Greatbatch (14yrs) 100m breast; Robert Gor (16yrs) 200m breast, Niamh James (17/Over) 200m breast, Jake Lloyd (17/Over) 100m/200m fly; Bronze - Harrison Dodwell (10/11yrs) 100m breast, Guy Spearman-Baines (12yrs) 200m breast, Dylan Davenport (15yrs) 100m IM and 100m back, Brandon MacDonald-Williams (16yrs) 100m IM and 200m back, Freya Hadnutt (16yrs) 100m free and 100m back, Jacob Hayes (17/Over) 100m/200m back, Laura Burgess (17/Over) 100m free, Lauren Gore (17/Over) 200m breast, Niamh James (17/Over) 100m IM.

Junior championship awards(15/Under): Dylan Davenport (gold 100m fly and 100m free, bronze 100m IM and 100m back, 4th 200m fly), Molly Greatbatch (silver 100m/200m breaststroke).

Championship awards (all age groups): Ella Greatbatch (gold 100m/200m breast), Emma Fields (gold 100m fly), Lucy Wheeler (gold 100m free), Jake Lloyd (silver 100m fly, bronze 200m fly), Jakey Hayes (bronze 200m back, 4th 100m back), Niamh James (bronze 200m breast and 100m IM), David Badcock (5th 200m breast), Lauren Gore (5th 100m breast, 7th 200m breast), Laura Burgess (7th 100m fly), Dylan Davenport (8th 100m fly and 100m free).

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