Great weekend for Harpenden

HARPENDEN Swimming Club completed County Championships at the weekend in magnificent form. The Championships comprised several competitions running side by side, namely BAGCATS (British Age Group Categories), Youth, Junior Championships and Championships.

HARPENDEN Swimming Club completed County Championships at the weekend in magnificent form. The Championships comprised several competitions running side by side, namely BAGCATS (British Age Group Categories), Youth, Junior Championships and Championships.

On the final weekend of competition they collected a further seven cups, 11 gold medals, nine silver and eight bronze.

Once again, Flora Hanson led the way for the club taking all the cups, seven golds two silvers and a bronze. The talented 14-year-old is now looking forward to her next big challenge, the Scottish Age Group Nationals in April.

Ten-year-old Michael Revell collected another two gold medals and a bronze which helped him win the 10-year old BAGCAT competition.


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Abby Smith took another gold and two silver which helped her to third place in the 12-year old BAGCAT competition.

Over all the weekends, the club's swimmers have accumulated an impressive 12 cups, 28 gold medals, 25 silver medals and 19 bronze medals.

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No one at the club has yet got around to counting the number of PB's that have been achieved, but even in the last races on Sunday afternoon swimmers were still improving their times.

The results in the overall competitions make equally impressive reading for the club. In the Boys BAGCATS the club finished sixth, Girls BAGCATS came ninth, the Men finished in sixth place whilst the women finished fourth.

Taking all the results into account, the club finished a very impressive fourth behind the winners Hatfield, second-placed Watford and third placed Bishops Stortford. There are some big name clubs in the county trailing in the wake of Harpenden, the likes of Hemel Hempstead, Hoddesdon, and Stevenage to name a few.

The swimmers are cementing themselves a place in the top flight of swimming in the County and are currently the highest performing club in the District.

The hard work and attitude to training of the swimmers is seeing them get the rewards they deserve, and the dedication of the club's coaching staff is paying off.

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