Elms stars at Hampshire Championships... Morley smashes personal best

Emma Trotman of Portsmouth Northsea. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150446-3)
Emma Trotman of Portsmouth Northsea. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150446-3)
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Elizabeth Elms was the star performer for Havant & Waterlooville in the final round of the Hampshire County Championships last weekend.

The 14-year-old swept aside her opponents at the Mountbatten Centre to claim nine golds medals and one silver in both the junior and aged 15 categories.

Elms won gold in the 200m freestyle (2min 14.54sec), 50m breaststroke (35.74), 100m breaststroke (1.15.68), 200m breaststroke (2.43.89) and 200m individual medley (2.29.91) – all in her 15 years age group.

She also went up against swimmers in the older junior category and performed superbly to come home with a further four golds in the 100m breaststroke (1.15.29), 200m individual medley (2.30.71), 50m breaststroke (35.36) and the 200m breaststroke (2.44.80).

The young swimmer also picked up silver in the junior 200m freestyle (2.14.54).

Katie Byrne won a clutch of medals in the 16 years age group – gold in the 200m freestyle (2.08.94), silver in the 400m freestyle (4.30.42) and bronzes in the 200m individual medley (2.26.66) and 100m freestyle (1.00.68).

In the open category, she also won a silver 200m freestyle medal (2.08.27) and a 100m freestyle bronze (1.00.02).

Will Stanhope won the 200m freestyle open title (1.57.70) and came second in the same event in the 16 years age group (1.58.16).

Another silver in the 200m individual medley (2.15.19) was followed by a bronze in the open event (2.13.54) and bronze in the 400m freestyle (4.12.35).

Alaina Ward won a hat-trick of freestyle junior golds in 100m (1.01.21), 200m (2.11.11) and 400m (4.34.21).

Fareham Nomads swimmers finished the meet with an impressive tally of 91 personal best times in 
136 swims they competed in.

Arthur Morley, 15, competed in the disability events and smashed his 400m freestyle record by 11 seconds to win gold (5.04.82).

He also won silver medals in the 100m freestyle (1.07.49), 100m backstroke (1.22.05), 100m breaststroke (1.37.21), 100m butterfly (1.27.01) and 50m freestyle (30.84).

The open 4x100m individual medley men’s team, consisting of John Molyneaux, Jamie O’Donnell, Dan Cameron and Chris Finch, placed third (4.03.54).

Jo Corben, 44, showed age is no barrier to success with fine displays in the 100m (1.09.55) and 200m backstroke (2.26.14) – her time in the latter being just 0.06 seconds shy of the world masters record.

Portsmouth Northsea swimmers certainly did the club proud with a spectacular haul of 15 golds, 27 silvers and 15 bronzes.

James Corrigan, 18, enjoyed a gold-medal treble in the 400m individual medley (4.42.09), 400m freestyle (4.09.09) and 200m individual medley (2.13.04) – where team-mate Luke Robins, 15, came second in 2.13.05.

Lizzie Hopkins, 16, performed equally well to get top honours in the 200m individual medley (2.23.03), 400m individual medley (5.04.01) and 200m breaststroke (2.41.00).

In the same age group, Kelly Small became 200m backstroke (2.21.02) and 400m freestyle (4.29.09) champion.

Both Northsea boys and girls’ 400m freestyle relay teams won silver medals, as did the boys’ 200m medley, with a bronze for the girls’ 200m medley relay squad.