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Youth sport - swimming: Max and Megan on song with six golds
MAX Norris and Megan Leaper topped the honours list as Swim Bournemouth age group swimmers collected medals by the bucketful at the Fareham Open Meet.
The pair won six golds and three other medals between them, contributing to a club tally of 56.
Norris’s winnings including gold in the 50m freestyle and backstroke and 100m individual medley plus two silver medals.
Leaper’s personal tally included gold in the 100m freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke plus one bronze.
Six swimmers won two golds apiece – Abby Manns in the 100 and 200m breaststroke, Fran Gallimore in the 50 and 100m backstroke, Aiden Bell in the 50m backstroke and breaststroke, Isabelle Hepburn in the 100 and 200m breaststroke and Ollie Fairman and Ethan Bell in the 200m backstorke and 200m medley.
Ethan Bell also won two silver medals, Gallimore and Aiden Bell one silver each and Hepburn a silver and a bronze.
Head coach Emma Richards said: “This was a fantastic meet for our age group swimmers. Headed up by our age group coaching team of Anne-Marie Taylor and Sam Alderton, the swimmers recorded regional qualifying times and lots of early season PBs.”
Other winners: Rosie Holland (100m breaststroke gold plus two silvers), Harley Kenny (50m breaststroke gold plus one silver and one bronze), Edward Whittit (50m breaststroke gold plus two bronzes), Bryony Downs (100m backstroke gold plus one bronze), Trevin Michelo (200m freestyle gold plus two silvers and one bronze) and Ellie Burrage (50m backstroke gold).
Other Bournemouth medallists: Morgan Long (three silvers), Freddie Pryce (one bronze), Bradley Head (one silver, one bronze), Izzy Pryce (two silvers, one bronze), Tierney Long (two silvers), Holly Earley (one silver, one bronze), Gray Omosevwerha (one bronze), Callum McGregor (one bronze), Megan King (one bronze).
- Records fell like skittles in the Christchurch Schools years 5 and 6 swimming gala at Two Riversmeet – and it was Highcliffe St Mark’s who took the top honours.
The Highcliffe school provided seven different winners of individual events as they successfully defended the overall title they won last year.
A total of 12 wins earned them 83 points, 20 more than runners-up St Joseph’s with nine wins and 63 points. Christchurch Junior were third with 55 points and The Priory fourth on 52.
Highcliffe and St Joseph’s each contributed seven competition best times (CBTs) to the 17 that fell on the day – a tall that left only nine previous records intact.
Highcliffe’s winners included 50m breaststrokers Barnaby Smith (Year 6) and Daniel Jupp and Zoe Upton (Year 5) and fellow Year 5 swimmers Anabelle Donaldson and Finley Dickenson (50m backstroke), Alfie Ottewill (25m butterfly) and Charlie Finn (50m freestyle).
The school also won all four Year 5 relays in CBTs and the Year 6 boys’ freestyle.
St Joseph’s Alice Webb made the record books four times, winning the Year 6 50m breast-stroke and freestyle and sharing relay wins with Danielle Olliffe, Yasmin Bridet and Ria Hartigan.
Bridet also earned double wins in 25m butterfly and 100m freestyle while Olliffe completed her school’s clean sweep of the girls’ Year 6 events with a win in the 50m backstroke in a CBT.
In Year 5 Nyasha Chisadza won the 50m freestyle and 25m butterfly for St Joseph’s, both in CBTs, Nathan Gerrard was involved in all three of the Priory School’s CBTs.
He won the year 6 100m freestyle and 25m butterfly and, with team-mates Sam De la Feuillade, Charlie Smith and Daniel Dwyer, the medley relay.
Smith also registered two individual wins – in the 50m freestyle and backstroke.
Christchurch Junior School enjoyed their highest place in recent years, with Joshua Wickens taking double silver in the year 6 25m butterfly and 50m freestyle.
Jack Seddon and Molly Mae Clarke were also runners-up in the 100m freestyle.
All individual winners will now represent Christchurch in the Dorset Schools finals on June 28.
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