Fantastic finale to 2014 for Locks Heath

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Comfortable Ceri secures emphatic national win

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Locks Heath are looking forward to the next year after ending 2014 in style.

Lynda Reid took a team of 24 swimmers to the Southampton Quays Christmas meeting on Sunday, December 14.

The squad collected nine medals, 76 personal bests and four Hampshire Championship qualifying times.

Arabella Suitte notched an automatic qualifying time in the 100m backstroke.

She also managed personal bests in her 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle and 100m individual medley.

Jess Larby managed to finally smash her stubborn 200m freestyle personal best – reaping the rewards of some hard training.

The 13-year-old also won bronze in the 50m freestyle.

May Fletcher won her second-ever medal – taking gold in the girls’ 50m backstroke.

The 10-year-old also notched personal bests in the 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 100m individual medley.

Amelia Ayling, nine, produced an outstanding display in the 50m butterfly as she finished second in her age group.

Her times, which included personal bests in the 50m freestyle and 100m individual medley, were remarkable considering she is so new to competition.

Shannon Lamb finished eight in the age 11 girls’ category after a brilliant 100m backstroke swim.

Her personal best was also a base qualifying time for the county championships.

Ten-year-old Evelyn Hall achieved a base qualifying time in her 100m backstroke – and second place in her age group.

Hall also clocked bests in the 50m backstroke, 100m and 200m freestyle.

Ella Richardson-Fitt, 10, notched a personal best in each of her five races, while Shona McGrath and Mia Day also lowered their top times.

Jack Newton clocked three bests and a club record in the 100m butterfly.

Kyle Kirkland was second in the 50m and 100m backstroke.

Meanwhile, James Hall, Joshua Beaudro and Harrison Kennedy showed fine progress.