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St Felix medals haul

PUBLISHED: 10:54 14 March 2008 | UPDATED: 07:17 01 August 2010

RECORDS broken, Olympic times nearly achieved, sister against sister, stroke domination and relay teams taking gold and this was only the first day of the Counties short course championships.

RECORDS broken, Olympic times nearly achieved, sister against sister, stroke domination and relay teams taking gold and this was only the first day of the Counties short course championships.

The overall results showed that St Felix SC, in Southwold, had won 60 golds, 47 silver and 36 bronzes.

They also achieved a further 65 swimmers achieving fourth, fifth and sixth place, 139 new personal best times were achieved, 75 regional and 15 national times qualified and three junior or senior records broken.

The 50m backstroke saw Robyn Ball, Ellis Jackson, Jack Bartlett and Richard Harris taking gold. Jenny Thompson, Alex Harrison, Alex Huston, Luke Bailey and Sam Munro taking silver in their age groups.

The next event was the 200m butterfly. The final heat had four St Felix swimmers competing, Rebecca White, sisters Catherine and Charlotte Hicks and Ellis Jackson. Ellis was out to break records and with Catherine and Charlotte drawn in lanes next to each other, the race was sure to be an exciting one.

Ellis Jackson could not be beaten and went out fast to finish in an excellent time, taking another gold medal in her age and achieving the county junior record in the stroke.

For the first 150m Catherine and Charlotte kept together stroke for stroke but in the final 25m Charlotte just edged herself away taking four seconds off her time and a gold.

Catherine took silver in her age group and Rebecca White again silver.

Pascale Reeves was the fifth swimmer for St Felix swimming the 200m fly in the previous heat and again took another medal for St Felix by finishing second in her age group.

Thomas Sutton and Michael White swam the 200m fly with Michael taking silver and Thomas, who had not swum 200m fly for four years, very pleased to win a bronze medal.

The 400m individual medley again proved extremely successful for the St Felix team. Georgia Kerridge, one of the younger members of the team, and having only swum the event once took 21 seconds off her time to finish first.

Catherine and Charlotte Hicks, Alex Harrison, Sophie Chamberlain and Ellis Jackson followed suit and took first place in their age groups with Rebecca White taking silver. Ellis Jackson took gold, broke the County Senior and Junior record and her time now is only four seconds off an Olympic qualifying time.

The relay events proved to be so exciting that swimmers after swimming would get out of the pool to run along pool-side to cheer their team-mate on.

The 9/10 year 4 x 25m free relay of Georgia Kerridge, Josephine Blades, Casey Willis and Leah Hart took the other teams by surprise by securing the winning time with a superb race in the penultimate heat which left the final heat teams unknowingly battling it out for second and third.

The 13/14 years 4 x 50m free team, Ellis Jackson, Alex Harrison, Rebecca Wetten and Pascale Reeves had a race on their hands against Ipswich but managed to battle it out to gold.

The 11/12 medley relay saw St Felix having two teams taking part. The A team with swimmers Katie Rumsey, Chantel Whiting, Charlotte Hicks and Alice Ward proved an exciting event and they just managed to secure a bronze medal, again on the final leg.

The B team with swimmers Jemima Dye, Lizzie Lai, Jasmin Collins and Kerri Palmer also had a good swim but didn't quite make it to the medal position. The boys' 11/12 team of Jack Bartlett, Jordan Purdy, George Stannard and Hamish Munro-Smith swum a superb 4 x 50m free for silver.

Sunday again saw St Felix team taking more medals and some more exciting finals being won. The first session started with the 50m free which had some good swims from all St Felix swimmers taking part but particularly saw the younger swimmers, Rachel Dennison, Amelia Stannard, Leah Hart, Casey Willis, Jemima Dye, Josephine Blades, Georgia Kerridge, Katie Rumsey and Tara Coleman improving exceptionally. More firsts won by Josephine Blades, Alex Harrison, Ellis Jackson, Sophie Chamberlain and Jack Bartlett. Second places went to Jenny Thompson, Robyn Ball, Luke Bailey and Richard Harris and then third places to Georgia Kerridge, Pascale Reeves, Alex Huston, George Stannard and Sam Munro.

The final of the girls' U14 100m butterfly saw five of the eight finalists from St Felix qualifying. Ellis Jackson took the lead straight away which left the battle on for second and third place. Team-mates Charlotte Hicks and Pascale Reeves battled it out stroke by stroke until Charlotte Hicks just managed to secure second place.

In the upper age group finals saw Sophie Chamberlain take gold and Alex Harrison bronze. The boys also did extremely well in the 100m fly with gold going to Jack Bartlett, silver Michael White and bronze to Thomas Sutton. In the 200m breaststroke Ellis Jackson, Charlotte Hicks, Sophie Chamberlain and Alexandra Harrison all took gold, as did Jordan Purdy. Silvers were won by Georgia Kerridge, Lizzie Nicolson-Lai, George Stannard and bronze was won by Alex Farrands.

In the 100m backstroke the heats four gold medals were won by Alex Huston, Ellis Jackson, Jack Bartlett and Richard Harris, four silvers by Jenny Thompson, Samuel Munro, Luke Bailey and Thomas Sutton and three bronze won by Alexandra Harrison, Marina Esteve and Robyn Ball. The 200m freestyle saw excellent times by Amelia Stannard, Lily Charlesworth, Casey Willis, Jemima Dye, Kerri Palmer, Georgia Kerridge, Katie Rumsey, Josephine Blades, Jenny Thompson, Pascale Reeves, Alex Harrison and Alex Huston.

In the final event Josephine Blades, Alexandra Harrison, Sophie Chamberlain and Ellis Jackson took gold, Charlotte Hicks and Robyn Ball silver and Georgia Kerridge, Jenny Thompson, Alexandra Huston bronze.

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