Myles’ magnificent effort earns 11 gold medals

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MORE than 30 swimmers from West Suffolk SC competed in the three days of racing in the Deben Open Meet, held at Woodbridge,, returning with a magnificent haul of medals including 40 gold, 21 silver and 22 bronze.

In a packed schedule of races, 11-year-old Myles Turner finished the weekend unbeaten, winning gold in all 11 of his events. In the 800m freestyle Myles finished a resounding 1 minute 26 seconds ahead of the next placed competitor.

Team mate Thomas Buckle took eight gold medals and a bronze. In the 800m freestyle he smashed his previous best time by 75 seconds to take first place.

Swimming in the same age group, newcomer Charlie Eshelby also posted some fine performances, winning two gold and two bronze medals in new personal best times.

In the nine years age group, William Harpur-Davies won a total of five gold medals and Ailsa Eshelby two golds, with both youngsters taking first place in the gruelling 200m butterfly event.

Swimming in the next age group, 10-year-old Alex Parke won three golds and two bronze medals.

It was also a most successful weekend for the girls in the 12 to 13 years age group. Beth Wiseman claimed four gold and four silver medals, Molly Ollington two gold and three silver, and Casey Maggs two golds and a silver.

The 50m butterfly race finished in a clean sweep for West Suffolk, with Beth Wiseman taking first place closely followed by team mates Molly Ollington and Beth Mottram.

Also claiming gold medals for West Suffolk were 11-year-olds Annabelle Farrell and Nella Walters.

West Suffolk’s other medallists included Jess Walters, Isobel McMahon, Megan Housley, Patrick and Edward Briars, Chloe Riches, Anna Brittain and Andrew Kimpton.

There was great team spirit in the squad, with a total of 94 swims achieving the qualifying standard for the Suffolk County Championships, to be held in March 2012.