High standards set in Northsea’s flagship meet

Havant & Waterlooville swimmer Jack Kelly. 'Picture: Mick Young'150404
Havant & Waterlooville swimmer Jack Kelly. 'Picture: Mick Young'150404
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Portsmouth Northsea coach Paul Hogg was impressed with the high calibre of talent on show at the club’s flagship Easter meet.

The four days of action at the Mountbatten Centre attracted nearly 900 swimmers from across the region.

A new British age-group record was set by Mount Kelly’s Ollie Taverner, 13, in the 100m breaststroke (1min 07.98sec) – a record that has stood since 2008.

Hogg said: ‘We had a really high standard and level of competition, what with the British age-group record being set.

‘I’m really proud of the way the guys have stood up, all the way through the club.

‘Even the young ones swam really well.

‘There was a good atmosphere and the spectator gallery was jam-packed for every session.

‘You couldn’t have asked for anything more from the meet.’

Elizabeth Hopkins, 16, won the 200m butterfly in a time which puts her in the top five in the country for her age (2.21.57).

Luke Robins, 15, won the 400m freestyle (4.10.83) in a new personal best, which also puts him in the top five in the country for his age group.

There was also a one-two for Kelly Small (9.10.83) and Jackie Knight (9.11.84) in the 800m freestyle.

Meanwhile, Havant & Waterlooville won a total of 34 medals, including eight golds, 12 silvers and 14 bronze medals.

Jack Kelly led the way with golds in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke (33.45, 1.12.72, 2.35.65).

Thirteen-year-old Alaina Ward stormed to a gold, two silvers and four bronzes.

She won the 100m freestyle in 1.02.27 and then came second in the 200m freestyle (2.12.43) and 800m freestyle (9.28.74).

Her bronze medals came in the 50m and 400m freestyle (29.37, 4.40.05), 100m butterfly (1.10.11) and 200m individual medley (2.32.58).

Elsewhere, Fareham Nomads swimmer Jess Davies won bronze medals in the 50m and 200m backstroke (32.70, 2.23.41) in the 17 years age category.