Three weekends of the County Championships finished recently with the Workington team getting some excellent results, in the girls events, 9 year old Hannah Clifton did a superb swim in the 200m back to take second place, she also picked up a fourth and two fifths in the 200m medley, 50m free and 100m medley. In the 10 year age group, Eve Dootson took first place in the 400m free and third in the 200m breast, Hannah Kurzyk qualified with Eve for the 50m breast final where Hannah finished fourth and Eve sixth, Carys Miller was eighth in the 200m breast. The 11 year group saw Katie Edmondson finish second in the 400m free, third in the 200m free and fourth in the 200m back, Abbie Winstanley picked up two ninth places in the 50m and 200m breast. In the 12 year age group, Jasmin Pritt took third places in the 50m back and breast, 100m and 200m back and breast and 200m medley, she broke four club records and achieved eight North West Regional qualifying times, Rhianne Owen was sixth in the 50m back and Caitlin Hughes was first reserve for the 100m breast final. 13 year old Morgan McCutcheon qualified for the 100m breast final where she finished sixth and 14 year old Amie Ivison took second place in the 200m fly and finished fifth in the 100m fly final.
In the boys events, the 9 year group saw Ben Jenkinson win the 50m and 200m fly, back, breast and free, and the 100m and 200m medleys, he broke six County records and eight club records, Sam Bailey was first reserve for the 50m breast final, in the 10 year age group, Matthew Banks finished second in the 50m free and third in the 200m free, Ross Hemsley took third place in the 50m breast final and was fourth in the 50m and 200m free, Alex Caine was first reserve in the 50m breast final. The 11 year age group saw Luke Ivison take first in the 200m fly, second in the 200m and 400m free and 400m medley and third in the 200m back, Ross Wright was sixth in the 200m breast and Jack Ivison had sixth places in the 200m back and 400m free, 12 year old Jack Dixon took sixth in the 200m back. Connor Joyce had his best championship to date, dominating the 13 year age group, he took first places in the 50m fly, back, breast and free, 100m fly, back, breast, free and medley, 200m fly, back, breast and medley, 400m free and medley and was second by a whisker in the 200m free, he qualified for the 100m, and 200m breast and 200m fly County finals, being the youngest swimmer to qualify and finished third, fourth and fifth respectively, he broke three club records and achieved eleven North West Regional qualifying times. 14 year old Elliot Routledge also excelled in the championships, winning the 50m, 100m and 200m fly, back and free, the 400m free and the 200m and 400m medleys and was second in the 100m medley, Elliot qualified for five County finals finishing second in the 200m fly and medley, third in the 100m fly and 200m free and fifth in the 100m free, he broke ten club records and achieved nine North West Regional qualifying times. Matthew Ivison aged 15 had a fourth and two fifths in the 400m medley and the 200m back and 400m free, Matthew competed in the gruelling open 1500m free where he knocked 13 seconds off his previous best time and broke the club record.
In the relay events, the 9/10 year boys team, Matthew Banks, Danny Barnes, Ross Hemsley and Ben Jenkinson had brilliant swims to win both the medley and freestyle relays, the girls team, Hannah Clifton, Eve Dootson, Hannah Kurzyk and Carys Miller fought hard in the medley relay to take third place. The 11/12 year girls freestyle team ‘A’ Sadie Barnes, Katie Edmondson, Rhianne Owen and Jasmin Pritt took third place while the ‘B’ team, Caitlin Hughes, Holly Lyall, Abbie Winstanley and Holly Winstanley finished ninth, Rhianne and Caitlin swopped places in the medley teams where the ‘A’ team finished fourth and the ‘B’ team eighth, the boys team, Jack Dixon, Jack Ivison, Luke Ivison and Ross Wright finished fourth in the freestyle and fifth in the medley. Amie Ivison, Sophie Little, Morgan McCutcheon and Shauna Muir finished eighth in both of their relays in the 13/14 year age group, and the 15/18 year boys, Jamie Edmondson, Ben Farnworth, Matthew Farnworth and Matthew Ivison finished with a fifth and sixth place in the free and medley.
County Age Group Championships