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Swimming: Records tumble in Buckley Club Championships

DOZENS of youngsters went swimmingly well at the eighth Buckley Swimming Club Championships.

The 64 swimmers set a total of 16 club records over the two days and nearly 100 personal bests were set on each day.

Buckley Swimming Club’s new coach George Finch oversaw last weekend’s success and was delighted with the results shown.

He said: “This was a great way to start the season, with plenty of personal bests recorded meaning children have put in a lot of hard work over the summer.

“They were outstanding performers and if these championships are anything to go by, we should have a really successful season.”

Finch has taken over the role previously held by Pete Rose, who was coach at the club for three years.

Finch said: “The structure in the club was put in by Pete and it has now come into its own. My job is to continue the development and take it even further and keep the ball rolling.

“I joined as assistant just after Pete joined the club and there is such a good, committed number of coaches who put in the hours voluntarily.”

Saturday saw Sam Chamberlain break the boys 15+ 100m breaststroke record in one minute, 13.56 seconds, Emma Squires breaking the girls 11- to 12-year-olds 200m breaststroke record in 3:13.73, Elliot Jones breaking the boys 13- to 14-year-old 100m butterfly record in 1:03.54, Amanda Kelly breaking the girls 15+ 200m butterfly record in 2:38.30 and Luke Thompson breaking the boys 15+ 200m butterfly record in 2:31.59.

Records also tumbled on Sunday. Teddy Williams broke three records in the boys 10-year-old 100m categories, in freestyle (1:14.98), the individual medley (1:24.73) and the backstroke (1:20.29).

Amanda Kelly also broke three records in her 15+ 200m category, in freestyle (2:19.72), individual medley (2:39.46) and backstroke (2:29.66).

Also claiming a hat-trick of records was Elliot Jones in the boys 13- to- 14-year-old category, beating his existing time in the 100m freestyle (57.49), the 200m individual medley (2:25.41) and the 100m backstroke (1:05.75).

Ceri Hughes broke the girls 11- to 12-year-old 100m freestyle record in 1:08.37.

Sam Chamberlain broke the boys 15+ 200m individual medley record in 2:25.81.

Saturday saw the last swim in Buckley for 12-year-old Emily Proctor-Messham. A club spokeswoman said: “The club wish her and all of her family a safe journey and all the very best for their future in Australia.”