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Golds galore in Pershore's medals flurry
7:00pm Saturday 23rd March 2013 in Sport
PERSHORE enjoyed their best results at the Worcester County Championships with 56 medals.
They collected their first open winners’ trophy and 12 age group records from the first four days of five as well as 30 golds, 18 silvers, 16 bronzes and nearly 90 personal bests.
Club members now have 18 Midland qualifying times before June’s regional championships.
Simon Sweatman bagged an unprecedented 14 titles, two silver medals and seven championship records.
He was ranked first in the United Kingdom in the 10 years 50-metre butterfly (23.71 seconds), 100m backstroke (one minute 15.82 seconds), 200m backstroke (2.41.99) and 100m freestyle (1.07.57), setting championship records in the last three.
The youngster set other competition bests in the 100m individual medley (1.19.03), 200m freestyle (2.28.03), 50m freestyle (30.56) and 400m freestyle (5.13.93).
Sweatman also won the 100m butterfly (1.23.42), 50m backstroke (35.42), 400m individual medley (6.03 59), 200m butterfly (3.15.42), 50m breaststroke (46.43) and 200m individual medley (2.51.66).
Thirteen-year-old Tazmin Pugh, who has since left the Pershore club to join Worcester, took 11 girls’ age group gold medals and two silvers.
She won the 50m backstroke (31.26), 50m butterfly (30.08), 100m backstroke (1.07.86),100m butterfly (1.08.32), 400m individual medley (5.19.87), 200m freestyle (2.12.62), 400m freestyle (4.43.77), 50m freestyle (29.04), 100m individual medley (1.11.68), 200m individual medley (2.33.65) and 200m backstroke (2.24.91).
Pugh climbed to first in the UK end-of-year rankings in the 50m butterfly, second in the 50m backstroke and third in the 100m butterfly and 100m individual medley.
She broke county age group records in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke and the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly.
Pugh also made four open finals, collecting a silver in the 100m butterfly and bronze in the 50m backstroke.
She produced her best performance to win the open 50m butterfly, climbing to first in the UK rankings as the 15th fastest in Great Britain history.
William Gearey took silvers in the boys’ 10 years 200m freestyle (2.37.86), 50m backstroke (39.41), 100m backstroke (1.24.22), 100m individual medley (1.25.92), 200m backstroke (2.56.50), 50m freestyle (32.50), 400m freestyle (5.35.85) and 200m individual medley (3.06.27).
He added bronzes in the 50m butterfly (38.74) and 50m breaststroke (47.93).
Harry Sykes competed after coming seventh in the National Independent Schools Association Crosscountry Championships and fifth for the third-placed Great Britain ‘B’ team in an international pentathlon.