City swimmers put on record-breaking show at South East Champs

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A GROUP of City of Milton Keynes swimmers attended the South East Regional Age Group Championships over the weekend and returned with their best ever set of results in the competition.

Swimming in the 50-metre pool in Crawley, the youngsters faced the best swimmers from the south east of England, and did their club proud by securing a record-breaking haul of medals and new best times.

The competition started with Miles McAuliffe and Max Murphy reaching the 12 year-old 200m backstroke final, with both setting large personal bests times in finishing in 4th and 6th place respectively. Max also came 8th in the 400m freestyle later in the meet.

Oliver Lines had a very consistent meet by finishing 2nd in three events, including the 100m butterfly in a new club record time. He also came 3rd in the 400m freestyle and finished 2nd in the BAGCAT points competition for his age group.

Jason Ashley, Rhyan Barrett and Matt Murray swam well in personal best times, just finishing outside the top 10 places.

Sydney Wood and Helen Odams, finished in the top seven places in all of their 10 year-old swims. Helen was 2nd overall in the points competition and Sydney picked up a medal in the 200m freestyle.

In the 14 year-old age group, Isobel Jones won gold in the 200m individual medley, and silvers in both the 400m IM and 200m freestyle, setting a new club record in the latter. She was also 3rd in the BAGCAT points competition.

Charlotte Evans claimed gold in the 100m backstroke in a new club record and also won the 400m IM. In fact her excellent level of consistency meant she was the highest points scoring swimmer across all age groups.

Isobel and Charlotte teamed up with Lucy Farmer and Lauren Parker to finish 3rd in the 4x100m freestyle relay and will hope to qualify for the National Championships in July.

Chloe Osili competed in her first Regional Championship with a fine swim and Anya Wooliscroft’s highlight was a personal best in the 200m IM.

And finally Bethany Barby, pictured, rounded off a highly successful meet for City of Milton Keynes by taking a bronze medal in the 200m fly in a massive new personal best time.