Thame swimmers shine as personal bests are smashed

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Thame Swimming Club were on fire at the weekend when they competed in the Wycombe & District Long Course Sprint Meet

It was the first time the club had competed at the new Wycombe 50m pool and they made their mark in emphatic fashion.

Under the guidance and encouragement of head coach Ian Blyth and coaches Simon Haarburger and Iain Phillips, the swimmers put in some tremendous swims, gaining new PBs, breaking club records and winning medals along the way.

In was a particularly memorable experience for those swimmers for whom it was their very first long course meet: Amira Matton, George Pearson, Ben Mould, Murray Wakefield and Jasmine Grimes.

Not only did Thame come third out of all the 10 visiting clubs, but Harry Block and Elizabeth Humphreys also won the Top Boy and Top Girl awards, so a massive congratulations to the both and indeed to all the swimmers who helped achieve the club’s third place.

It was a happy birthday for 12-year-old Sam White who achieved personal bests in every single one of his races, while Lucy Block took an impressive 15 seconds off her 100m freestyle long course time, as well as setting new PBs in the 50m butterfly and 100m backstroke.

Thame’s Ella Simms and Elizabeth Humphreys were involved in one of the most exciting races of the day as both set new PBs in the 100m freestyle, and Elliot Riley-Brown, Amira Matton, Ben Mould and Murray Wakefield all went under 40 seconds for the first time.

Another to smash their PB was Tally Simms who took a whopping 12 seconds off her 50m butterfly, but Tabitha Dodds went even better, taking 15 seconds off her 100m backstroke.

Hallam Cozier, James Newton, Ella Simms and Emily Evans all swam the 100m butterfly long course for the first time - with Emily picking up the gold.

Finally, Jacob North and Lucy Day set new best times while Henry Bell swam an awesome 100m freestyle to blow the competition away.