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Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club members get to meet Team GB Olympics ace Adam Peaty


By Michael Vaughton


Bishop’s Stortford Swimming Club members rubbed shoulders with Team GB star Adam Peaty at the Edinburgh International.

The 11 swimmers were thrilled to meet the 2016 Olympic champion, five-time world champion, 12-time European champion and three-time Commonwealth champion.

The junior members in action were Nick Botha, Sarah Carroll, Alex Catton, Dan Chada, Bryn Couser, Mehdi El Mansar, Millie Fields, Callum Harold and Jess Penkul, with Niamh James and Elinah Phillip were the seniors.

Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club. The squad at the Edinburgh International. (8429845)
Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club. The squad at the Edinburgh International. (8429845)

Most smashed personal bests, but three juniors produced outstanding displays.

Chada reached the 100m back and 50m free finals and Couser made the 50m and 200m finals, with both achieving British Championship qualifying times. Fields was third in the 200m free final and missed out on a British qualifying time by 0.3sec.

Stortford secured their place in the top division of the Hertfordshire Major League.

Some amazing individual and relay performances ensured a win on the night as they preserved their status.

There were 16 medals and 41 PBs for Stortford members when they took on top clubs at Luton’s Inspire 50m pool.

Squad: Alice Longman (12 years), Kaia Phillips, Lilian Opiyo (both 13), James Gisborne, Laura Hull (both 14), Adam Hazlewood, Millie Fields, Tom Ogden (all 15), Alex Catton, Bradley Veitch, Bryn Couser, Callum Harold, Eleanor Mason, Isabella Renwick, Jess Penkul, Nellie Eastland, Niamh James, Nick Botha, Sarah Carroll (all 16 and over). Medals: Phillips - bronze (50m back); Fields - gold (50m, 100m, 200m and 400m free); Ogden - gold (100m fly, 200m IM, 200m back), silver (50m and 100m back); James - bronze (200m back); Couser - gold (100m and 200m breast); Renwick - gold (200m IM), bronze (50m and 100m fly).

Four other swimmers went to Harlow for the Regional Qualifier Meet. In 16 swims, they achieved nine medals and ten PBs.

Medals: Grace Mason - gold (100m fly); Freya Reilly - gold (100m back), silver (50m back); Issy Good - gold (50m free), silver (50m fly), bronze (50m and 100m back); Adam Hazlewood - silver (100m and 200m breast).

Meanwhile, 19 Stortford swimmers and intrepid family members raised more than £4,500 for Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK when they swam more than 60km – 2,426 lengths – in a swimathon at Grange Paddocks.

Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club. Kirsty Neill, Lauren Gore and Elizabeth Clune with two of the 'non-swimming' mums (8429842)
Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club. Kirsty Neill, Lauren Gore and Elizabeth Clune with two of the 'non-swimming' mums (8429842)

Various distances were swum, ranging from 26 lengths by seven-year-old India to the 5k managed by multiple swimmers from 11-year-old Kirsty to 50-year-old Joe.

Participants: Kat and Lauren Gore, the Clune family, Sarah and Kirsty Neill, Philippa and Seb Clark, Max Williams, Samuel Carter, Wardell sisters Jaymee, Tia and India, the Roddams (Scarlett, Lewis and Karen).

Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club. Tia Wardell (8429835)
Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club. Tia Wardell (8429835)


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