Flitwick swimmers shine at club’s open meet

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Flitwick Dolphins swimmer shone as they held their third Open Meet at Saxon pool in Biggleswade last weekend.

Competitors came from all over the county and beyond, with a powerful team from Northampton taking the Visiting Club Trophy.

The club’s swimmers met the challenge with gusto, winning 36 gold medals, 30 silver and 26 bronze.

James McFarland, 11, starred, winning nine gold medals and setting an astonishing five club records.

George Borthwick, 15, won five gold medals and Carl Halford, 19, four, while Victoria Abbott, 16, Georgina Curtis, 12, Kit Aatkar, 13, and Chris Murphy, 16, weighed in with three each.

Gold medals were also won by Georgie Halford, 17, Hermione Robinson, nine, Gemma Trott, 13, Charlotte O’Dell, nine, Claudia Grant-Dawson, 14, and Tom Winder, 18.

Other medallists were Thomas Allen, 16, Ben Trott, 15, Hayden Davies, 17, Cameron White, 12, Colin Weighell, 17, Rebecca Grogan, 10, Laura Mackey, 17 and Edward McFarland, nine.

Abbott and O’Dell also broke club records, and a total of 157 personal best times were set, making the meet one of the most successful ever for the club to the delight of Head Coach Steve Davies.

This weekend, Ian Murray, 55, took part in the National Masters Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, winning the 800m and taking silver in the 1,500 metres in an East Region record.