Darcy Holmes was one of eleven swimmers from Hemel to post some outstanding Personal Records at the Barnet Copthall 200s meet, the day after the Birthday Open.
In spite of their exertions the day before, the swimmers posted no less than 17 PBs on Sunday 19th October. Darcy led the way, putting in an astonishing 25 second improvement on her previous 200m breaststroke time, as well as bettering her 200m freestyle by 11 seconds.
Next up on the personal improvement scale was brother Kyle, who went 19 seconds faster on his 200m freestyle. His 9 second PB on the 200m breaststroke brought him a bronze medal too in the 10 years’ boys category.
Arthur Woodcock was another swimmer on a roll with a 17 second PB in the 200m breaststroke and a 5 second PB on the 200m freestyle, earning him two bronze medals in the 12 years’ age group.
Isabella Sherwani-Keeling went 15 seconds faster on her 200m freestyle and posted a 5 second PB on the 200m backstroke, bringing her home in 13th and 14th place in the 10 year girls.
Freddie Woodcock posted a 14 second PB on his 200m butterfly, breaking Tim Boardman’s club record of 2.56.86 in a 2.44.94. He took home the bronze medal for that swim, along with two silvers for the 12 years’ 200m backstroke and breaststroke.
Emily Jelfs followed up her previous successes at Barnet with a 10 second PB and 6th place in the 10 years’ 200m backstroke, also bettering her time in the 200m freestyle.
Thushira Kumeraga won gold with a 3 second PB in the 200m breaststroke. At only nine years’ old he braved the 200m butterfly to win a silver medal and came second again in the 200m freestyle, just missing out on a medal, in fourth position, in the 200m backstroke.
Kelsey Doyle won two gold medals in the 13 years’ 200m freestyle and breaststroke races.
Lawrence Hall posted a 2 second PB on his 200m backstroke and took the bronze medal in the 14-&-over 200m freestyle.
Ben Garratt equitted himself well with a 6th and 8th place in his 9 years’ 200m freestyle and breaststroke events respectively.
Last but not least, Chloe Hall competed in the 200m breaststroke for the first time, finishing a very respectable 10th in the 9 years’ girls event.