Young swimmers rise to the challenge

FELIXSTOWE Swimming Club put in a solid performance at the Aldous Homes Trophy on Saturday evening to finish in fourth place.A brilliant start to the evening was made for Felixstowe by both Donna Clark and Daniel Finnegan, who made great efforts in their 50m butterfly races.

FELIXSTOWE Swimming Club put in a solid performance at the Aldous Homes Trophy on Saturday evening to finish in fourth place.

A brilliant start to the evening was made for Felixstowe by both Donna Clark and Daniel Finnegan, who made great efforts in their 50m butterfly races. The butterfly races were followed by a personal best for Will Jones in the boys' 15U 50m breaststroke in 1.19.86.

Alice Boreham had a fantastic race in the girls' 13U breaststroke in a time of 1.32.39, as did Charlotte Munn in the girl's 15U 100m freestyle in 1.05.36. Munn went on to gain first place later in the evening in the girls' 15U 50m butterfly in 33.77.

The younger boys did particularly well as George Murray, Tobie Salter and James Taylor all swam exciting races.

Some of the more experienced Felixstowe swimmers were unavailable on the night, so some competitors entered events which they were unaccustomed to.

This lead to boys' captain Matt Boreham swimming the 15U 50m butterfly and Will Jones gaining a personal best (1.15.42) in the boys' open 100m butterfly.

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Girls' captain Sophie Franks swam an excellent 100m backstroke race on her 15th birthday in a time of 1.22.61 while, in the 11U age group, Chelsie Boon, Rachel Wills and Alice Theobald all swam energetic races during the evening.

In the 13U 100m backstroke Jess Smith swum 1.20.51, while Rebecca Moore achieved 36.64 in her U13 50m butterfly event.

Andrew Wills, who has recently been injured, made a welcome return to the squad swimming in the relay and squadron events.