Hemel Hempstead had three teams competing in the Final Round with some fantastic results.
Hemel Hempstead’s Blue Team picked up the Runners-Up trophy after competing in the final round of the Peanuts League on Saturday at Hitchin. The team finished a comfortable second in the final gala, 23 points ahead of third place. Not only did they put in some consistent performances, but were also clear winners in the cheering contest as well!
Kyle Holmes swam an electrifying 25m breaststroke race to pull off a convincing win in his u11 event. Alisha Kan also swam out of her skin in the u11 girls’ 25m butterfly to finish in second spot with a PB. Emily Jelfs claimed second spot in the u11 25m backstroke.
There were other second place finishes for Freddie Woodcock in the u13 freestyle and backstroke, Kelsey Doyle in the u13 breaststroke, and Ben Page in the u13 butterfly.
Once again, the depth of talent in the relay events proved invaluable, with both the u11 boys and girls coming second in their medley relays, the under 11 girls claiming second spot too in the freestyle relay, the boys u13 coming second in the medley and freestyle relays and the top swimmer from each age group combining to finish second in the 8x25m Squadron Relay to round off a great night.
The Red Team competed in Division Two to resounding support at their home pool. The team finished sixth in the gala and sixth in the division overall out of twelve teams.
One of the heroes of the evening was Matt Sherriff, competing in his last Peanuts. He managed to pull off four Personal Best times in the medley and freestyle relays, the individual 50m butterfly and the final leg of the final event, the sqaudron relay.
Team captain, Charlie Cox, ended his Peanuts career with two PBs in the 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke.
Ellen Fender, Rosie Bickham and Sam Gower all scored three personal record times apiece with the Hemel Reds putting in a total of 23 PBs on the final night.
Hemel Hempstead SC is the only club to field three teams in the League, with the Whites battling it out in Division Three at Borehamwood where they finished in 5th position.
To see photos of the blue team on the final night and the captains receiving their trophy click here.