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Personal best times tumble for Burton ASC swimmers

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

SIMPLY THE BEST . . . Charlotte Doughty recorded one of Burton Amateur Swimming Club’s 32 new personal best times at the Braunstone Total Time Trial

SIMPLY THE BEST . . . Charlotte Doughty recorded one of Burton Amateur Swimming Club’s 32 new personal best times at the Braunstone Total Time Trial

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BURTON ASC swimmers reached new heights at the Braunstone Total Time Trial.

A total of 32 individual personal best (PB) times were recorded, while swimmers also gained invaluable competition experience against tough opposition.

Burton were up against clubs from Kingsbury, Lichfield, Oadby and Wigston, Swadlincote and Knighton Fields, as well as two teams from hosts Braunstone SC.

In the second event – the men’s open 100m individual medley – Johnny Nash once again showed once his class by winning in a PB time of 1:06:90.

The 100m freestyle relays resulted in mixed fortunes. Burton’s 11yrs/under girls’ team finished seventh, but saw Katie Reilly (40:97) shave almost four seconds off her previous best, while Daisy Haynes (47:77) slashed her previous best by more than three seconds.

The 13yrs/under girls and boys were sixth and fifth respectively.

The final three relays witnessed competitive swims from Charlotte Doughty (36:85), Mitch Lees (34:43), Cara Wilson (34:36), Zoe McPherson (36:00), Rhian Webb (35:41), Rhys Owen (32:05) and Charles McNeil (33:58).

Nash also smashed his PB after touching in 25:30 to fire the men’s open relay team to a fantastic fourth place.

Sixth overall after the relays, Burton needed some strong swims from the individual events.

George Stevens (52:40) was fifth in the boys 11yrs/under backstroke. Kirsty Lambley posted a new PB of 49:02 in the girl’s event.

A second win of the evening for Burton from Adam Doughty followed. Doughty topped the podium in the boys’ 13/under 50 breaststroke with a new PB of 42:02.

Lucy Eccleshall (40:08), Travis Day (37:26 PB) and Cara Wilson (34:20 PB) all swam strongly against quality opposition.

Nash posted Burton’s third victory with a time of 25:50 in the men’s open 50m freestyle.

Emma Preston (1:42:83) and Jack Ward 1:38:70) came in sixth and fifth respectively in the 100m individual medley to keep Burton in sixth.

Robyn Davis (54:91) and Adam Doughty (42:59) then swam the gruelling 50m butterfly, with the latter coming in fifth.

In the 15yrs/under 50m freestyle events Katie Claxton (35:57) was fifth place with Mitch Lees (35:16) sixth in a new PB.

Rhys Owen (37:50) knocked four seconds off his previous best in a strong men’s 50m backstroke event.

Fifth place from Imeh Tyas (53:24) in the 11yrs/under 50m breaststroke followed, before an excellent PB from Cameron Hardwick (60:83).

Rosie Davis (44:24) and Theo Hamilton (34:74) were in 13yrs/under 50m freestyle action.

Lucy Eccleshall (1:25:67) swam the 15yrs/under 100m individual medley. In the boys’ event Travis Day set a new PB of 1:24:25, only to be disqualified for a split-second false start on the blocks.

Zoe McPherson clocked 46:74 in the ladies’ open 50m breaststroke. Charles McNeil (40:57) posted yet another PB in the boys’ event.

In the 11yrs/under 50m butterfly, both Katie Reilly (49:28) and Jacques Agnew (58:60) set new PBs.

Kirsty Lambley (1:39:67) and Matt Gates (1:30:37) had hard swims in the 13yrs/under 100m individual medley.

Aimee Peake (43:40) followed up with a PB in the 15yrs/under 50m backstroke.

Harry Thomson (37:33) was a tremendous third in the 15yrs/under 50m backstroke to keep Burton in with a shout of fifth overall.

Kelly Gates (38:39) then swam a very strong 50m butterfly.

Phil Peake (30:20) was not to be outdone by his daughter’s earlier swim – recording a brilliant second place in the men’s open 50m butterfly.

Isabelle Sharp (46:52) and Noah O’Brien (48:71 PB) were in 11yrs/under 50m freestyle.

Matt Gates (41.29) swam close to his own PB to finish fourth in the 13yrs/under 50m backstroke, with Charlotte Doughty (43:29) fifth in the girls’ event.

Sam Maddocks (53:58) claimed a PB in the 15yrs/under 50m breaststroke, to complete the individual events.

The remaining three relay events, the girls and boys 50m medley and 8x50m mixed freestyle relay, saw Burton finish in seventh overall – producing five more PBs.

Charlotte Doughty (43:25), Rhian Webb (35:52), Johnny Nash (28:05), George Stevens (45:86) and Mitch Lees (34:68) all produced new personal records,

While finishing seventh could be viewed as a below-par performance, the standard of the opposition teams, the experience gained from swimming against such strong clubs, and the sheer number of new PB times, made the event a very successful outing.

Kingsbury finished first overall from Braunstone A. Lichfield were third, with Swadlincote fourth and Braunstone B fifth. Knighton Fields just about held off Burton to take sixth spot.

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