SWIMMING: Team Luton hold awards night

Team Luton's swimmers
Team Luton's swimmers

Team Luton has enjoyed considerable success during the 2015/16 swimming season with notable achievements as a club at every level and spanning all age groups.

In the Bedfordshire championships they finished as the Top Club with 53 gold, 53 silver and 49 bronze medals, whilst the club has stayed in League One of the National Arena League too.

Team Luton’s junior development swimmers finished second by half a point in Division Two of the M11 League, earning them promotion to Division One.

The Masters retained the award for the top visiting club at the Etwall Eagles Annual Open Meet whilst the men’s team finished 13th in the 2015 GB Masters Team Decathlon.

With the end of the competitive season, Team Luton took time out to recognise the individual achievements made at a club level by its up and coming swimmers, with the presentation evening held at Lilley Village Hall.

Trophies and certificates for performances over the last 18 months were handed out by club’s chair, Glenda Mayes.

There were also trophies given to the top three swimmers in each age group from under seven to 17-years and over for their overall performances in the Club’s championships.

Boys, U7s: 1, Owain Roberts. U8s: 1, Spencer Leaning. U9s: 1, Jack Juggins; 2, Lewis Ward; 3, Shane McLoughlin. U10s: 1, Declan Beel; 2, Samuel Symonds; 3, Adil Setna. U11s: 1, Malachi Gilbert; 2, Nyles Whyte; 3, Jacob Hayhurst. U12s: 1, Rhys Davidson; 2, Ismail Savage; 3, Henry Flatt. U13s: 1, Freddie Symonds; 2, Guy Muncer; 3, Alfred Mureithi. U14s: 1, Godfrey Williams; 2, Phoenix Henries; 3, Ewan Theron. U15s: 1, Ralph Muncer; 2, James Mackerness; 3, Lewis Tune. O17s: 1, Matthew Wright; 2, Alex Mason; 3, Jamie Wright.

Girls, U7s: 1, Katriona Head. U8s: 1, Isobel McCullock; 2, Catherine Lempriere; 3, Caitlyn Kean. U9s: 1, Millie Hyde; 2, Aine Dunwoodie; 3, Adeola Akande. U10s: 1, Emilia Dunwoodie & Susan Opoku-Gyamfi; 2, Rebecca Ptacek; 3, Daniella Njawaya. U11s: 1, Laila Gilbert; 2, Sophie Ledger; 3, Eleanor Robertson. U12s: 1, Chiara Rogers; 2, Jessica Keogh; 3, Anna Fallon. U13s: 1, Lauren Young; 2, Milly Davidson; 3, Shannay Davies. U14s: 1, Celyn Walmsley; 2, Jade Whitehouse. U15s: 1, Rhiann Donnelly; 2, Nana Opoku-Gyamfi; 3, Natasha Bailey. U16s: 1, Chantal Smith; 2, Lucy Gee. O17s: 1, Nicola Pasquire; 2, Hannah Kelly; 3, Amy Pelling.

Meanwhile, club record times have been broken on more than 240 occasions in the past 18 months by Team Luton swimmers in either regional, club or inter-school competitions.

Commemorative certificates were handed out, with some of the notable club record-breaking achievements including Aine Dunwoodie, following in the wake of her older sisters’ record-breaking swims, taking nearly 20 seconds off the nine-year-old girl’s 50m butterfly record.

Chiara Rogers broke the long course records for 12-year-olds that have stood since 2002 over 50m butterfly and 200m IM.

Nicola Pasquire put her name in the record books in 11 events before she heads to America, while Rhys Davidson broke the 12-year-olds long course 200m IM record that had stood since 2001.

University student Alex Mason set seven records in the 18 years and over age group, while Jamie Fowler set three backstroke records before turning his focus to coaching some of the club’s younger swimmers and Matthew Wright set records in three different age groups.

Team Luton’s competitive 2016-17 season starts in mid-September with the first round of Club Championships and the club then host an Open Meet at Inspire Sports Village.