SWIMMING: St Ives stars earn plaudits for ‘exceptional’ displays on the county stage

Members of St Ives Swimming Club celebrate their successes at the Cambridgeshire County Championship

Members of St Ives Swimming Club celebrate their successes at the Cambridgeshire County Championships. - Credit: Archant

Head coach Andy Hunter has hailed an ‘exceptional’ St Ives Swimming Club performance in the Cambridgeshire County Championships.

St Ives talents captured more than 50 medals during the two weekends of the annual competition.

It was a monster haul which highlighted the rapid development of the club, with 45 of their swimmers taking part, many of whom clocked lifetime bests.

Hunter said: “We’re thrilled with the exceptional performances of our swimmers during the county championships.

“The club is going from strength to strength. We have some excellent coaching staff and some great programmes in place.

“It is great to see so many people excelling in their chosen sport, and I’m very proud of the hard work and commitment which has led to this sort of success.”

Ollie Fitt, pictured, was the flag-bearer for St Ives by capturing 13 individual and relay medals - eight of them being golds.

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His haul included a full set of backstroke titles over 50m, 100m and 200m, and those exploits led to him receiving the award for being the leading senior swimmer at the event.

Clubmate James Quinn starred with a clean sweep of breaststroke medals. He broke the county record for the 100m discipline, which had stood for 17 years.

Andy Weatheritt roared to victory in the 50m freestyle and also featured in relay successes, while Maddie Todd struck gold in the 50m breaststroke.

Another notable individual performance came from Bethan Endicott, who became the 12th fastest 100m butterfly swimmer in the country in the process of claiming the county title.

Michael Lardner, Evan Taylor, Olly Cook, Tom Davis, Cathy Thomson, Fran Crocker and Georgia Newstead also won Cambridgeshire medals.