It’s six for Fitt at regional championships

St Ives Swimming Club star Ollie Fitt who won two regional gold medals.

St Ives Swimming Club star Ollie Fitt who won two regional gold medals. - Credit: Archant

Ollie Fitt won a staggering six medals as St Ives Swimming Club impressed in the East Region Winter Championships last weekend.

Fitt’s marvellous haul was made up of two golds, three silvers and a bronze at the event in Luton and ensured St Ives finished fifth in the overall medal table – above several much larger clubs.

Fitt powered to victory in the 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke events, came home second in the 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke, and occupied the final step on the podium in the 100m breaststroke.

Club coach Andy Hunter said: “I’m very pleased that we featured so near the top of the medal table thanks to Ollie’s exploits.

“As a small club we punch well above our weight at these events and that is very satisfying. We have a dedicated team of coaches who work very closely with each individual swimmer to try to realise their potential.”

Fitt, who also broke his own 100m backstroke county record, might have been the sole St Ives star to get among the medals, but he certainly wasn’t the only one to impress.

Danni Rayner broke the county 50m backstroke record in her age group and also lowered her lifetime best in the 200m backstroke by almost four seconds.

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Pete Todd, Seb Di Siena, Cathy Thomson, Louise Todd, Amy Chalmers, Gio Di Siena and Ollie Cook were others to excel.

There was also plenty of success for St Ives at the Newmarket Open Meet last weekend.

Fran Crocket stormed to a six-medal haul (two golds, three silvers and a bronze) in that event while Brandon McDonald struck gold twice and claimed a silver and a bronze.

James Quinn, who swam under the First Strokes Godmanchester banner, completed a hat-trick of gold medals and also added two silvers to his collection.