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Sweet 16 as Burton Amateur Swimming Club make a splash in Gala

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

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BURTON Amateur Swimming Club picked up 16 individual and relay wins as they claimed third place overall from their long trip to Wellingborough for the second round of the Leicester Winter League Gala.

The under-11 25-metre freestyle relays got the gala started, with Sophie Fowkes (18.55 PB) bringing the girls home in second place.

The boys did likewise with George Stevens (18.96 PB), Cameron Hardwick (22.00 PB), and Tom Mitchell (19.93 PB) finishing as runners-up.

In the under-15 50m freestyle relays, Charlotte Doughty (36.34 PB) helped the girls to come in third, while Harry Thomson (34.20 PB) swam a strong third leg to see the boys to fourth.

This was followed by another second place for the under-13 50m freestyle relay girls team, and the first victory of the event by the boys in the same discipline, with Thomson (34.19 PB) once again in fine form.

The seniors events saw the men’s 50m freestyle relay team gain Burton a second win of the gala, with a strong swim from Phil Peake, Ben Ward, Matt Evans and a superb final leg from Rhys Owen (32.05 PB).

Emma Preston (21.02 PB) and George Stevens (23.14 PB) gained another first place for the girls in the under-11 25m backstroke.

There was a second PB for Charlotte Doughty (1.33.80) for third in the under-15 100m breaststroke.

In the under-13 butterfly, Hayley Brightman swam a fantastic second for the girls, with Matt Gates (40.17 PB) first for the boys.

In the ladies open 100m freestyle, Emma Monkhouse came home third, but the men destroyed the field, Ben Ward (58.68 PB) helping them to finish first.

Imeh Tyas sprinted home for first place in the under-11 25m breaststroke.

In the under-15 50m butterfly, with Imogen Hardwick second and Travis Day third helping to keep Burton in touching distance of second place overall.

At this point Neptune A were looking hot favourites for a win, with Burton battling with hosts Wellingbrough for second.

The under-13 50m freestyles saw Josie Stevenson and Matt Gates (pictured) claim first places – Gates’ third win of the night.

The men’s open 100m backstroke saw Ward easing his way to a third first place.

Emma Preston gave Burton another brilliant first place in the under-11 25m butterfly, with Jack Ward finishing third.

The under-15 100m girls freestyle saw Lucy Eccleshall second, the same position Alice Preston claimed in the under-13 50m backstroke – where Harry Thomson won the boys race.

Sophie Fowkes was third in the under-11 25m freestyle for the girls, with Jack Ward stripping the field to romp home for a fantastic win in the boys event.

The under-15 100m Backstroke saw Imogen Hardwick and Harry Thomson come home in third and fourth places respectively.

This was followed by another second place, this time for the girls, courtesy of the stylish Josie Stevenson in under-13 50m Breaststroke, with Adam Doughty claiming first place in the boys under-13 50m breaststroke.

Emma Monkhouse continued the good work with a hard-fought third-placed finish in the ladies open 100m butterfly, which was improved on by a place, with second for Matt Evans in the men’s event.

With the individual events coming to an end, Burton were extremely well placed for second place going into the final relays.

And confidence went through the roof when the girls’ under-11 4x25m medley team cruised home in first place, with Emma Preston, Sophie Fowkes (20.98 PB), Imeh Tyas (17.35 PB) and Sophie Smith completing a fantastic win.

The boys event saw Cameron Hardwick, Jack Ward, George Stevenson (26.60 PB) and Tom Mitchell (19.68 PB), bring Burton home in third place.

The girls under-15 4x50m medley relay gave Burton second place courtesy of Lucy Eccleshall, Charlotte Doughty, Imogen Hardwick and Aimee Peake.

The boys came in third, with Mitch Lees (45.93 PB), Sam Maddocks (35.98), Travis Day and Adam Doughty.

Annabelle Joseph (36.47 PB), Hayley Brightman, Josie Stevenson and Alice Preston were second in the girls under-13 4x50m medley, while the boys came in first with Gates, Doughty, Thomson and Jack Ward a very strong quartet to keep Burton in second position with four races remaining.

In the men’s open 4x50m medley, the team once again showed their class and consistency with a solid first place, aided by Phil Peake (29.77 PB), with Matt Evans, Rhys Owen and Ben Ward completing the team event.

In the final race of the event, the mixed 8x25m freestyle relay team of Aimee Peake, Sam Maddocks, Annabelle Joseph, Adam Doughty, Sophie Smith, Tom Mitchell, Sam Owen and Phil Peake came home in a creditable third place.

However, it was not enough for Burton, who fell agonisingly just short of gaining second position overall by three points.

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