Youth sport - swimming: Junior champions are quick off the mark

POOLE WINNER: Robbie Hemmings won three titles

POOLE WINNER: Robbie Hemmings won three titles

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SWIM Bournemouth made a flying start as they began their campaign for a third consecutive Southern Junior League title.

The champions won 35 of the 49 events in their round one gala at Rossmore to build a 53-point victory margin over nearest challengers Christchurch Seagulls.

Bournemouth’s 9yrs and 10yrs girls won all their races while the 11-year-olds won five out of six, as did their 10-year-old boys.

Robbie Hemmings and Guy Selwood provided five of Poole’s six victories between them, Hemmings winning the 9yrs 50m butterfly and backstroke and the 10/u 50m backstroke, Selwood the 11/u 50m freestyle and breaststroke. Will Longhurst was the other winner in the 9yrs 50m freestyle.

Result: 1 Swim Bournemouth A 218, 2 Seagulls 165, 3 Poole 151, 4 Swim Bournemouth B 123, 5 North Dorset Turbos 50.

  •  Ryan Openshaw won medals on all four strokes to lead a 30-medal haul for Poole at the Salisbury Stingrays Open.

The nine-year-old came first in the 9yrs 100m medley, second in the 50m freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly and third in the 50m backstroke.

Jasmin Oliver-House set a regional qualifying time as she added the 14yrs 100m backstroke gold to silver in the 50 and 100m freestyle and bronze in the 50m backstroke.

Max Avery also won four medals – gold in the 11yrs 100m backstroke, silver in the 50 and 100m freestyle and bronze in the 50m backstroke.

Gold also went to Robbie Hemmings in the 9yrs 50m freestyle, Will Longhurst in the 9yrs 50m breaststroke and Finlay Webb in the 11yrs 100m breaststroke.

Other medals: 9yrs Robbie Hemmings 3rd 50m breast; Lucy Steel 3rd 50m back, 3rd 100m medley. 10yrs William Trowbridge 2nd 50m free, 2nd 50m fly, 3rd 100m medley, 3rd 50m back. 11yrs Finlay Webb 2nd 50m breast; Ben Cutbish 2nd 50m fly, 3rd 50m free, 3rd 100m free; Holly Trowbridge 3rd 100m free. 13yrs Lauren Pryor 2nd 13yrs 100m fly, 3rd 100m back

  • Poole’s Jasmine McCrea will have the option to compete in at least 10 events at the regional age group championships in June.

The 12-year-old found gold elusive at the Bournemouth open meet but she won two silver medals and a bronze as well as doubling her tally of regional times and improving times she already had.

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