Mildenhall swimmers clock a host of new personal best times

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Sasha Welbourn and Maria Buckles set eight new personal bests (PBs) during Mildenhall Swimming Club’s annual 200m and Long Distance Championships.

The event was held over the course of a six-week period and involved 200m races in all four strokes, the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle and the 400m individual medley.

Kane Buckles was just behind the top-performing pairing with his return of seven personal bests, while Gemma Welbourn and Jay Carter achieved six.

There were five new PBs for Sam Buckles, with Rob and Jemma Garry clocking one apiece.

A total of 42 swimmers competed in the championships, swimming 175 races and achieving 129 personal bests.

n Newmarket Swimming Club head coach Annette Skeet was delighted after three of her members represented Suffolk with distinction at the recent National County Relays in Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Lauren Watt, Henry Newell and Ignacio Laghero all produced the goods in the pool, with their performances securing top spot in their respective age groups for the east region.

Watt’s time of one minute and 12.01 seconds in the 100m breaststroke saw her claim Alexandra Harrison’s county record that had stood since 2007, while also ranking her in second place at national grade.

“I was blown away by all three of them. They exceeded expectations and I am so proud,” said Skeet.

“It is a good environment at the club and everyone is thriving, which these results show.

“The level of swimmers we have, they could be at bigger clubs, but everyone is happy here. We all support each other and work hard as a team.”