02 October 2017
The Harpenden meet was held at The Venue, Borehamwood and saw a host of terrific performances.
In the medley events Tom Holmes-Higgin (3rd), Sam Newman (2nd), Euan Donald (1st) medalled in the 400 IM; Millie Harrison set a benchmark time in her first 200 IM; Izzy Carter (2nd), Emma Hockney (4th) Lydia Wisely (2nd) and Tamsin Moren (3rd) claimed top 6 places in the 100 IM on day 1. On day 2 Moren dropped 15 seconds for bronze in the 400 IM, Andrew Corner posted a first effort in the 100 IM for 4th place and Zac Patel took gold in a County qualifying 2:19.64 in the 200 IM.
Day 1 highlights included Lydia Wisely setting pbs in all 4 of her events with Owen Strakosch doing the same in 4 of his 5 events. Strakosch included improving his week old 200m Fly pb by a further 3 seconds to take gold and win his heat by nearly 25m.
Euan Donald was on fire with his gold in the 400 IM (pb by 6 seconds) & pbs in his 100m Fly and 50m Free while Izzy Sansom set her new best in the 400m Free right at the end of session 1 after 2 other races.
Harry Thorne is coming back to form after injury and improved his old times on 100 Fly, 50m Free and, importantly for his, his 100 Breast as well after nearly a year.
George Thorne took down his 100m Fly and 50m Breast times and Millie Harrison managed a new time in the 200 Free.
Marcus Donald dropped time from his 50m Breast and James Bevan started his competitive career with a 6 second improvement to his 50m Free and a first-time performance in the 100m Breast finishing 2nd in both his heats. Rishy Morjaria clocked just outside the minute in his 50 Breast, improving by more than 6 seconds.
Alex Kalverboer with a pb in the 50m Free took bronze and won the gold in the 100m Breast.
Cameron MacDonald was delighted to improve his 50m Fly with 32.96 and Evie Light, after a long wait for her only race, improved a massive 59 seconds to take gold in the 200m Free with 3:04.23.
Day 2 dawned with the reverse events for boys and girls and Tamsin Moren continued her good meet with bronze in the 400 IM taking 5th in heat from an outside lane as she lowered her best by over 15 seconds posting 6:25.91. In the other IM races Patel won the 200 IM, in a time 5 seconds quicker than the day before at Cambridge in 2:19.64 and Andrew Corner completed his first 100 IM in 1:55.16 to claim 4th place.
Alex Kalverboer was still in good form with silver in his 100 Back improving by 5 seconds and, in his first attempt at 400m Free took the bronze in 6:04.68. Evie Light showed her strength by making the 100m Fly look easy after her 200m effort at Hemel, claiming gold in 1:51.96 and Cameron MacDonald also took pole position in the 100m Back with a pb of 1:12.08.
In the same 100m Fly heat as Evie Light, Christina Soulsby’s first attempt at the event was profitable as she paced it well to come through the field in the second half of the race to claim third and win the gold medal with 1:35.70. Saff Harding and Izzy Carter went head to head in the 50 Breast with both going pb and Harding taking silver in her age group.
Christina Soulsby improved again in her 50m Breast clocking 46.25 and Tamsin Moren took silver in her age.
Marcus Donald went quicker than ever before in his 100m Free as did Holmes-Higgin. Euan Donald took silver in the 100m Free with 1:01.28 for another pb and Patel was the only club swimmer sub 60 with 58.59 for gold and yet another best time.
Evie Light showed how resilient she is by coming back to set a pb in the 200m Back for bronze in 3:31.69 whilst Izzy Sansom picked up the gold in her age. Meanwhile Lydia Wisely lowered her best by nearly 15 seconds, her first of another 5 pbs from 5 swims on the day.
In the final event of session 3, Euan Donald showed his own endurance by storming to second place in the 400 Free in 4:36.70, a 5 second improvement.
Three more newcomers to Open Meets, Saff Harding, Lucy Bevan and Ellie Pitcher began in the 50m Free with Pitcher hitting the pads in a pb of 44 seconds dead. Millie Harrison ducked inside 40 seconds for the first time as well.
Andrew Corner slipped his 50 Back time down by 5 seconds and then Lydia Wisely was another to lower her week old 200 Fly time to take the gold in 3:27.73.
Saff Harding claimed her first medal with bronze and a 9 second improvement in the 100m Breast as Lydia Wisely improved again to 1:43.90, just beaten in the heat by Christina Soulsby with 1:42.55.
Andrew Corner made a first attempt at the 200 Free to take gold in 3:55.08 & Euan Donald’s impressive meet went on and on with another best time and silver in 2:13.29.
Lucy Bevan completed the 50m Fly for the first time along with Ellie Pitcher (silver) and Soulsby claimed bronze.
Grace Payne also swam on the Sunday afternoon session.