Medals haul in pool for St Felix

THE final day of the Counties saw St Felix Swimming Club achieve second top club against the much larger Ipswich SC.The final results on the medal table for St Felix Swimming Club was 95 gold, 70 silver and 63 bronze with 41 fourth positions, 46 fifth positions and 35 sixth.

THE final day of the Counties saw St Felix Swimming Club achieve second top club against the much larger Ipswich SC.

The final results on the medal table for St Felix Swimming Club was 95 gold, 70 silver and 63 bronze with 41 fourth positions, 46 fifth positions and 35 sixth.

The relay medals won were three gold, six silver and one bronze with one team finishing fourth, two teams in fifth position and one team in sixth place.

In the age group categories St Felix also saw some excellent performances with Josephine Blade finish top 11-year-old, Jack Bartlett - in his first outing at the Counties - top 12-year-old with Jordan Purdy finishing third in the same age group.

It also saw a clean sweep by Charlotte Hicks in the age group championships. Since being eligible to swim in the competition she has achieved top nine-year-old (2005), top 10-year-old (2006), top 11-year-old (2007) and this year top 12-year-old.

Ellis Jackson notably achieved top 13-year-old with Jenny Thompson finishing third in the same age group, Luke Bailey third in the 13 years and Sam Munro third in the 14 years.

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The last day is always full of excitement with the first event being the skins, a knock-out competition with each 50m being swum with a 90-second break. The last one in each heat is eliminated.

Money is to be won with each swimmer gaining £5 if they win their heat with an additional £50 to the overall winner.

This year there were three St Felix girls taking part, Alex Harrison, Sophie Chamberlain and Ellis Jackson with Robyn Ball as first reserve. For the boys' skins, Richard Harris was again representing St Felix.

Alex, Sophie and Ellis did extremely well with Ellis coming closest to the final heat by being the last St Felix swimmer to be eliminated in the penultimate heat.

Richard Harris did even better this year, and although disappointed not to get into the final heat, he just missed out in the penultimate heat.

The only distance race swum short course, the 400m freestyle, saw St Felix dominate with excellent times achieved by all.

In the penultimate heats, Annabelle Stannard, Pascale Reeves and Charlotte Heats were drawn against each other. Charlotte was slightly ahead in the first 200m but Pascale was hot on her tail. Pascale edged herself ahead and the last 50m was neck and neck. With great effort Pascale just got the touch ahead of Charlotte.

Both finished with incredible new times, Pascale finishing third in her age group and only a couple of seconds off her national times, Charlotte first in her age group with her national time.

The final heat saw Ellis Jackson take the lead against team mates Sophie Chamberlain, Robyn Ball, Alex Harrison and Rebecca White and winning in a brilliant time.

The race was then on for second place in the heat which went to Sophie Chamberlain but overall Robyn, Alex and Rebecca all earned new times.

The overall results for St Felix swimmers finishing in the top three positions in their age groups went to: Charlotte Hicks first, Ellis Jackson first and Sophie Chamberlain first; second place age groups went to Casey Willis, Marina Esteve and Robyn Ball with third places going to Georgia Kerridge, Chantel Whiting, Pascale Reeves and Alex Harrison.

The boys' 400m race was just as exciting with George Stannard leading his heat from the start, Jack Bartlett doing the same with another incredible swim from Sam Munro in the final heat.

George Stannard earned himself a regional time, along with Sam Munro and Jack Bartlett his national time.

Finishing in the top three in their age groups were; Jack Bartlett and Samuel Munro first place, George Stannard and Thomas Sutton second place and in third age group placing Jordan Purdy.

The final events, while they totalled the age group points, were the relays. St Felix excelled as usual.

In the girls' 9/10 year old 4 x 25m medley relay Casey Willis, Leah Hart, Josephine Blades and Georgia Kerridge again took the other teams by surprise by winning the penultimate heat leaving the teams in the last heat unknowingly fighting it out for second place.

The girls' 4 x 50m freestyle team, Chantel Whiting, Charlotte Hicks, Katie Rumsey and Alice Ward had to make do with fourth place.

The girls' 13/14 medley relay team Ellis Jackson, Alex Harrison, Rebecca Wetten and Pascale Reeves fought to the end against the Ipswich team but had to accept second place.

This also happened with the girls' 15/16 freestyle team with Sophie Chamberlain, Alex Huston, Robyn Ball and Catherine Hicks taking silver as did the girls' open freestyle team Sophie Chamberlain, Alex Huston, Robyn Ball and Rebecca Wetten.

The boys saw a medal position elude them. The men's open freestyle team Richard Harris, Michael White, Thomas Sutton and Sam Munro just missed out on the medals.

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