Hemel Birthday Meet Oct 18

In the 200m Free, Luca Greene’s first Open meet swim posted 3:41.93 for 6th and, likewise James Bellamy’s first effort was 3:58.10 and Cam MacDonald went 2:18.86 for the silver medal.

Two more first time Open swimmers for the girls, Connie Beddall and Ruby Liddle recorded 48.78 & 36.44 respectively to set 2 new pbs in the 50m Free.

Luca Greene repeated his 200 free pb exploits in the 50m Back stroke dropping inside the minute barrier for the first time in 58.48 and James Bellamy scraped inside his best with 49.348 with Cam MacDonald collecting another silver in 32.08, also a pb.

James Bellamy swam the 100m Breast for the first time and placed 6th in 2:03.23 and Ruby Liddle’s first 100m back swim recorded 1:44.97.

In the 200m Free Connie Beddall looked strong all the way to touch under 4 minutes in 3:57.12 (7th) and then Cam MacDonald improved again on his 50m free to go 28.63.

Rachel Little’s one swim of the day was the 50m back and she slid inside the minute with 57.88 (pb) for 6th while Connie Beddall, understandably tired after her freestyle efforts earlier, slowed a fraction to 56.76 and Chrissie Soulsby recorded 39.82 for her back and 1:40.63 for her 100m Breast at the end of the day 1.


Across at Hemel Day 2 saw just 3 swimmers compete in the first of the day’s sessions. Newcomers Lawson & George Gray went home with plenty to smile about. George managed to claim Gold in the 100m IM with 1:31.30 while younger brother Lawson took bronze in a first ever CCT of 43.74 for the 50m fly and silver in his own 100m IM with 1:39.29.

Rachel Little finished her 50m Breast some 2 seconds faster than she has managed before.

In the final session the boys were joined by Luca Greene, Christina & Issy Soulsby and Nell & Lara Coster.

Christina Soulsby started with a 3:33.65 time for the 200m Breast and 6th place before, in the 50m Fly she picked up bronze in a pb of 38.53 just behind Lara Coster whose silver medal time of 36.90 was both a pb and a CCT for 2019 Counties. Younger sister Nell dropped under 50 seconds for the first time with a new pb of 49.63 whilst Issy Soulsby sneaked in to silver with a 31.52 pb which also allows her to enter the event at the regional Winter Champs in Luton in November.

In the 50m Breast Luca Greene lowered his best by 3 seconds (1:03.32) with Lawson Gray posting 51.60 for 4th and another CCT and George Gray adding a silver to his earlier Gold with 43.55, both brothers winning their heats convincingly and his time claimed his first ever CCT as well.

In the 100m IM Nell Coster finished 7th with 1:46.26. Christina Soulsby and Lara Coster renewed their private battle with Lara Coster again just coming out on top to place 4th & 3rd respectively in 1:27.26 & 1:25.57 before Issy Soulsby picked up another bronze in a pb of 1:12.27.

The final event was the boys 100m Free and each of the boys was swimming the event for the first time setting bench mark figures. Luca Greene clocked 1:41.79, Lawson Gray (4th) 1:23.30 and George Gray gaining another medal with Silver in 1:18.77 to complete a great 2 days of competition.


Geoff Wood

Head Coach

Berkhamsted SC