Stow duo break new ground

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Phoebe Hayden and Ella Dootson broke new ground when Stowmarket’s swim team descended on Crown Pools for the Ipswich Open Meet across the weekend.

Hayden, 13, secured her first ever regional qualifying time in the 50m backstroke (33.50 seconds), while 12-year-old Dootson celebrated her first ever county qualifying time in the 50m freestyle (35.03).

The meeting was the final chance for swimmers to qualify for the County Championships in March.

Manfred Battle, 12, gained his first breaststroke regional time in the boys’ 200m breaststroke with a time of three minutes 7.72 seconds, adding to his successful haul of improved regional times obtained over the weekend.

Jack Spain, 14, looked strong when he confirmed his times gained last month at the Stowmarket No Frills Gala in the 200m (2.07.16), 100m (57.13) and 50m freestyle (26.60) races and can now swim in the regional competition in May.

Medal winners: Nine years boys: James Wing (200m IM, gold, 4.00.45; 50m butterfly, silver, 52.39; 200m backstroke, silver, 3.44.26); James Clay (50m breaststroke, bronze, 56.03); Vaughn Ruffles-Francis (200m breaststroke, bronze, 4.57.31). 10 years girls: Evie Prager (100m breaststroke, gold, 1.44.13); 10 years boys: Matthew Debenham (200m freestyle, gold, 2.43.51; 200m butterfly, gold, 3.17.00; 200m IM, gold, 3.06.13; 50m butterfly, silver, 41.13). 11 years boys: Ethan Lane (200m IM, silver, 3.14.88; 50m freestyle, bronze, 33.80). 12/13 years girls: Phoebe Hayden (50m backstroke, gold, 33.50). 12/13 years boys: Manfred Battle (50m backstroke, gold, 33.10; 50m butterfly, gold, 31.52; 200m IM, gold, 2.32.52; 100m freestyle, silver, 1.03.54; 100m butterfly, silver, 1.10.24; 100m backstroke, silver, 1.10.18; 200m freestyle, bronze, 2.14.55; 200m breaststroke, bronze, 3.07.72); William Debenham (50m freestyle, bronze, 29.35). 14/15 years boys: Jack Spain (50m freestyle, gold, 26.60; 100m butterfly, silver, 1.06.99; 100m freestyle, bronze, 57.13); Alex Harrison (50m breaststroke, gold, 36.04; 50m freestyle, bronze, 26.87). 16 years-plus boys: Calvin Coe (200m butterfly, gold, 2.19.15; 400m IM, gold, 4.53.24, 200m IM, silver, 2.20.35; 200m breaststroke, silver, 2.39.53; 100m breaststroke, silver, 1.14.65); Rauiridh Penman (100m breaststroke, bronze, 1.16.95).