Watford Easter Open Meet


 Hemel Hempstead swimmers were in action at the Watford Easter Open Meet


 Amongst some great performances by the club’s swimmers at Watford’s Easter Open meet, Victoria Fisher pulled off her first National Qualifying Time in the 13 years’ 100m backstroke.

Vickie swam a Personal Best of 1.08.55, smashing her own club record in the process.  She has been getting close to the NQT ever since the spectacular PB she put in at Maxwell’s Open in January.  Now she has secured her place in the ASA National Age Group Championships in Sheffield in July, as well as the East Regional Championships in June.

Vickie also broke her own club records in both the 50m and 200m backstroke and won gold medals in all three distances.

Freya Mayhew, 10, also enjoyed a highly successful Easter weekend, taking home no less than six gold medals and three silvers.  She broke three club records in the 100m freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and is now looking ahead to her first appearance at the Regional Championships.

Tommy Sheldrick put in some impressive performances in the 17 and over category.  He won five gold medals and two silvers, breaking Liam Barnett’s long-standing club record in the 200m butterfly in a time of 2.14.70.

Freddie Woodcock, 12, took gold medals in the 100m backstroke and the 200m IM, with silver in the 100m freestyle.  In the 400m IM he took bronze whilst breaking another old club record, set by Liam Barnett’s brother, Josh, in 2003.

Aimee Aibrey, 10, is clearly on the rise, putting four medals in the bag – gold in the 50m freestyle, and silver in the 200m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke.

Lois Moore, 13, took three silver medals, as well as two bronzes.  Her time in the 200m IM not only nabbed the bronze, but bettered her own club record set recently at Counties.

Hannah Bagley, 11, secured her last outstanding Regionals Bagcats category with a silver medal winning swim in the 200m freestyle.  She took one other silver and two bronzes as well.

Kelsey Doyle claimed a win in the 50m butterfly and a bronze in the 200m freestyle.

Lucy Hutchins, 10, claimed five silver medals, Tom Worrell, 10, took three silvers, with Paige Wilding, 11, Rebecca Osborne, 12, and Arthur Woodcock, 12, claiming two apiece.

Finally, Rachel Lotts, Tom Sherriff and Jamie Keevill each took home a bronze.

All in, Hemel’s swimmers managed to bag an impressive 49 medals over the weekend, along with some great times.

Well done to all.

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