A team of 27 swimmers started their season off in style on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October in Aylesbury at the Maxwell Autumn Gala bringing home 27 medals and swimming 77 Personal Best performances, a great start to the season especially as most of the swimmers are in heavy early season training in preparation for next year. Leading the way with six medals was Aimee Abrey (15) who won Gold in the 100m and 200m Backstroke, 200m freestyle taking Silvers in the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle, she also produced some early season personal best swims.
Charles Rayner (12) made a clean sweep of Gold medals in all his swims winning the 50m Butterfly, 200m Breaststroke and demonstrating his all round ability by taking first in the 200m Individual Medley.
Other multiple medal winners included Ashley Coombs (12) who took Silver in the tough 400m Individual Medley event as well as Bronze medals in the 400m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley race. Jacob Hutchings (15) took Silver in the 400m Freestyle and Bronze medals in the 100m Butterfly and the 200m Individual Medley.
Young Reuben Balch (9) made his open gala debut in style taking home a full set of medals with Gold in the 50m Breaststroke, Silver in the 50m Butterfly and Bronze in the 100m Individual Medley.
Kyle Holmes (14) one of the club’s breaststroke specialists took Silvers in the 50m and 200m Breaststroke with a Bronze in the 100m Individual Medley meanwhile Eleanor Bevan (11) took Gold in the 100m Breaststroke and Silver in the 200m event.
Paige Wilding (15) took home a brace of Silver Medals in the 100m Breaststroke and 200m Backstroke events, Amber Stratford (10) won Bronze in the 200m Backstroke event. Grace Rayner (14) won Gold in her favoured Breaststroke event in the 200m.
There were Personal Best swims galore from Millie Anderton, Isabelle Anderton , Shona McKenna, Charlotte Hingston, Luke Pestaille, Leanne Abrey, Lois Emery, Billie Grant, Emily Hollan, Isabella Sherwani-Keeling, Shaminah Sherwani-Keeling, Keelin McKenna, Nell Baughan, Alice Fender and Nathan Lodge, many of these swimmers had finishes close to the medal positions.