BURTON Swimming Club’s rising stars continued to raise their standard with 26 personal bests over 49 races in the opening round of the Leicester Winter League.
In the home event, held at Meadowside Centre, Burton finished third, just six points behind Ilkeston SC.
Swadlincote SC were the clear winners in the Division Two meet, with Coalville B and Knighton Fields fourth and fifth respectively.
Racing began with the freestyle relay events. The girls’ 11 yrs/under team, featuring debutant Kate Reily, secured a promising second.
Emma Preston and Imeh Tyas both recorded new personal best (PB) times, while Burton’s boys were fourth in the 4x25m event in the same age group.
It was the same again in the 15yrs/under team events, with the girls second and boys fourth in their 4x50m event. Mitch Lees and Will Hubert both secured new PB times.
A pair of the second place finishes for the 13yrs/under teams followed. Burton’s girls were involved a thrilling finish that saw second to fourth separated by a second.
The boys just about held off Ilkeston to touch in second. For the girls Hayley Brightman, Josie Stevenson and Annabelle Joseph all set new PB times.
The ladies’ team finished third in their 4x50m freestyle event, with Hannah Berwick recording a new PB.
An awesome display from Burton’s four men saw Johnny Nash set a new PB on his league debut.
Phil Peake completed the second leg. Ben Ward was next off and set a new PB, before Matt Evans brought the men’s team home four seconds clear for Burton’s first victory.
Swadlincote edged out Ilkeston by 0.5 seconds to finish second.
After the opening relays Burton were equal second with Ilkeston on 26 points, with Swadlincote already forging ahead on 39.
The individual events kicked off with the 11yrs/under girls and boys 25m backstroke.
Jack Ward narrowly failed to finish second, scoring a fine third in close competition with Ilkeston.
A superb second and new PB for Charlotte Doughty in the 15yrs/under girls 100m breaststroke followed, with fourth for Will Hubert in the boys’ equivalent.
Hayley Brightman and Matt Gates both finished fourth in the 13yrs/under girls and boys’ 50m butterfly.
Emma Monkhouse was third in the 100m freestyle open ladies.
Johnny Nash, who led off the men’s freestyle relay, had the chance to show what he could do in the individuals – and did not disappoint.
Nash touched first in a time of 55.55 in the 100m, four seconds clear of his Swadlincote rival.
Jacques Agnew was third in the boys’ 25m breaststroke, before Imogen Hardwick replicated that finish while recording a new PB in the girls’ 15yrs/under 50m butterfly. Travis Day was fourth for the boys in the same event.
Josie Stevenson delivered the next victory for Burton, touching first with a new PB in the girl’s 13yrs/under 50m freestyle. Theo Hamilton was second in the boys’ event.
After 22 races Burton were still third, four points behind Ilkeston on 71. Swadlincote had taken their tally to 104.
Emily Eccleshall swam into fourth spot in the ladies’ open 100m backstroke before Ben Ward scored Burton’s next win in the men’s event – seeing off his IIkeston opponent by almost two seconds.
Emma Preston then set a new PB on her way to winning the 11yrs/under 25m butterfly. Jack Ward took fourth in the boys’ event.
The 15yrs/under freestyle 100m races Lucy Eccleshall was third with Travis Day posting a new PB for fifth,
Alice Preston was fourth in the girls’ 13yrs/under 50m backstroke. The boys’ event provided Harry Thomsen with a comfortable three second win and new PB.
Captains Kelly Gates and Ben Ward were next up in the open 100m breaststroke, with fifth for Gates before Ward’s second individual win and another PB.
Sophie Fowkes and Noah O‘Brien were both fifth in the 11yrs/under freestyle events. Lucy Eccleshall and Harry Thomsen finished third and second respectively in the 15yrs/under 100m backstroke.
Josie Stevenson and Adam Doughty (new PB) repeated those placings in the 13yrs/under 50m breaststroke.
In the ladies’ open 100m butterfly Lucy Eccleshall was fifth.
With just the medley relays and cannon event to come Burton trailed second-placed Ilkeston by 13 points.
Burton’s girls were second in the 11yrs/under medley with the boys fourth. The 15yrs/under teams repeated those placings.
The 13yrs/under girl’s medley quartet were third. The boys delivered a superb victory before the ladies’ open team were fourth. And the men’s open team then posted another Burton victory – beating Ilkeston by three seconds.
A closely contested 8x25m mixed cannon – the final event – saw five seconds separate the entire field, with Burton fourth.
Overall winners Swadlincote were first, with Ilkeston second.