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Owen and Cameron set the gold standard
8:30am Friday 4th October 2013 in Sport
OWEN Leeks and Cameron Leach grabbed gold as 28 Pershore competitors tackled a Worcestershire development meeting in Wolverhampton.
Swimmers bagged 16 medals, six county qualifying times and 66 personal bests.
Leeks won the boys’ skins final which saw the eight fastest swimmers in the 100- metre individual medley compete in a knockout.
The 13-year-old survived two breaststroke rounds and two legs of butterfly before winning the final round of backstroke.
Callum Sanderson and Josh Lane also made the final, while Leeks snatched silver in the boys’ 13-year-old 50m backstroke in 36.42 seconds.
Jasmine Taite reached the girls’ skins final, finishing fourth, and picked up a bronze in the 12-year-old 100m individual medley in a new personal best of one minute 22.47 seconds.
Leach bagged three gold medals in the boys’ nineyear- old 50m butterfly (47.81), 50m backstroke (44.55) and 50m freestyle (38.28) as well as silver in the 100m individual medley (1.44.30).
There were also silvers for Megan Annis in the girls’ 10- year-old 50m butterfly (41.95), 50m backstroke (41.57) and 100m individual medley (1.31.26).
Charlotte Downey took silver in the 10-year-old 50m breaststroke (49.76) and bronze in the 50m butterfly (44.29).
Patrick Heeks added third places in the boys’ 10-yearold 50m butterfly (44.87) and achieved a county qualifying time in the 50m freestyle of 36.25.
Jasmine Franks grabbed silver in the girls’ nine-yearold 50m freestyle in 39.19 for her first county time.
Daisy Tolley managed silver in the 11-year-old 50m backstroke (40.11) and Leo Randall-Baker was third in the boys’ nine-year-old 50 butterfly (50.56).
Sophie Thomas, Alexandra Barry, Isobel Cumming, Hannah Simister, Caitlin Yates, Ellen Cope, Edward Meredith, Owen Kirby, Ronan Williams, Kiernan Bennett, Jamie Saunders, William Clarke, Ben Clarke, Sanderson and Lane also set personal bests.
Head coach Tom Naughton said: “It was a very pleasing start to the competitive season and good to see more swimmers getting county qualifying times.
“We are aiming to get a record number of entries to the county championships in March.”
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