PERSHORE youngsters sped to victory in the Stourbridge junior sprint meet at Wolverhampton.

A 25-strong development team aged between nine and 14 recorded four first places, nine seconds and three thirds as well as smashing 48 personal bests.

Riding high on the back of their promotion to Nuneaton and District Junior League Division One, the newer swimmers enjoyed their first competitive action.

Tom Naughton, Pershore head coach, said: “There were some excellent performances from the team and recording so many pbs is very encouraging.

“This type of development meeting is important to encourage our youngsters and they’ve stepped up and delivered.

“As a club, we’ve had an amazing year and it is so pleasing that so many youngsters are coming through the club’s system.”

The star performer was Angus Jones who won the boys’ 14-year-old 100-metre individual medley in one minute 17.33 seconds, the 50m butterfly in 36.17 and the 50m breaststroke in 44.12.

Jack Betteridge took gold in the 12-year-old 50m breaststroke with 43.92 and set other personal bests in the 50m butterfly (38.66) and also the 100m individual medley (1.23.11).

William Gearey won the nine-year-old 50m breaststroke in a county qualifying time of 49.39. He received a speeding ticket in the 100m individual medley but his time of 1.32.22 also earned county qualification.

The standards were also set by Naomi Marsden in the girls’ 10-year-old 50m freestyle (38.14), Megan Annis in the nine-year-old 50m breaststroke (54.46) and Lizzie Vizard in the 13-year-old 100m individual medley (1.19.85).

Other girls’ pbs in various disciplines went to Emily Burton, Isobel Cumming, Marsden, Rebecca Phillips, Kate Sanderson, Laura Snape, Daisy Tolley, Megan Tolly, Katie Sharratt, Vizard and Isabella Woodcock.

For the boys, Luke Betteridge grabbed his first podium in the nine-year-old breaststroke and recorded pbs as did William Clarke, Sam Doyle, Calum Sanderson and Jake Spencer.