ROBBIE Hemmings struck gold five times at Millfield to lead a Poole medal tally that made them the top visiting club at an open meet for the second time in a month.
Poole also headed a one-two-three for Dorset at the Exeter and Taunton Deane Easter Meet with Swim Bournemouth and Bournemouth Collegiate School (BCS), respectively, second and third in the club trophy table.
Twelve-year-old Hemmings’ six medals included a clean sweep of the three 11-12yrs backstroke events with a 50m club record time of 31.71 thrown in.
He also won the gold in the 50m butterfly and 200m individual medley (IM) and silver in the 100m fly.
Team-mate Thea O’Keefe, 16, all but matched Hemmings’ tally, winning gold in the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle and 400m IM, silver in the 50m freestyle and third in the 100m freestyle.
Luke Roxburgh, 17, came within one place of a clean sweep in the men’s breaststroke, winning the 50m and 100m and coming second in a 200m in which Poole captain Ben Porter took the bronze.
His 50m time of 30.67 would have qualified him for this week’s British Championship had he set it a few weeks earlier.
Gold also went to Aimie Quarrie in the 200m backstroke and Louis Clayton in the 1500m freestyle.
Jasmine Wong won silver in the 100m breaststroke and set a club record in the 50m breaststroke.
Silver also went to Liam Duffy (50m fly and 200m IM), Lucy Steele (800m freestyle) and Teagan-Mae Graham (200m freestyle) and bronze to Findley Chandler (100m back), Liam Openshaw (400m freestyle) and Ryan Openshaw (400m IM).
Swim Bournemouth’s Sam Chamberlain won a trio of breaststroke medals – gold in the 9-10yrs 50m and 100m, silver in the 200m.
Team-mates Izzy Hepburn, Milo Treloar and Kelvin Wong also struck gold.
Hepburn came first in the 13-14yrs 400m freestyle and silver in the 800m freestyle and 200m breaststroke.
Treloar won the 11-12yrs 400m freestyle and came second in the 100m breaststroke.
Wong won the 15-16yrs 50m breaststroke and was third in the 50m and 200m.
Other medallists included Callum McGregor with silver in the 15-16yrs 100m and 200m fly and 50m fly, Jess Richens with silver in the 17/o 200m fly and breaststroke and 400m IM and bronze in the 100m breaststroke, Lucy Pearce (silver 17/o 800m freestyle, bronze 400m IM), Ollie Cleal (silver 15-16yrs 100m freestyle), Megan Leaper (bronze 15-16yrs 200m freestyle) and Cameron Willcocks (bronze 9-10yrs 200m breaststroke).
Ella Chown was BCS’s leading medallist with gold in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly and 200m IM, silver in the 50m backstroke and bronze in the 50m breaststroke.
Lottie James struck gold three times, winning the 50m and 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle as well as taking silver in the 200m IM and bronze in the 200m backstroke.
Alex Bryant won gold in the 50m and 100m backstroke, silver in 50m and 100m fly, 50m freestyle and 200m backstroke and bronze in the 100m freestyle.
Alesha Gibson, Ben Samuel and Alex Palotai-Avella all made the top step of the podium for BCS.
Gibson took gold in the 200m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m, Samuel came first in the 50m backstroke and second in the 50m and 100m freestyle while Palotai-Avella claimed top honours in the 800m freestyle as well as bronze in the 200m.
Finn Trehane won a medal in each of the three breaststroke events – silver in the 100m and 200m, bronze over 50m.
Team-mate Tamsin Edge had an identical medal set for the girls’ breaststroke plus an extra bronze in the 200m IM.
Denise Netley added a bronze in the 200m backstroke.
Source : BournemouthEcho