POOLE were named top club at an open meet for the second week running after heading the points at Dorchester.
Just seven days after winning the top visiting club title at the Swim Bournemouth event, they picked up the equivalent trophy at the West Dorset Christmas Open Meet.
Poole’s nine-year-old Lottie Vavasour was named top girl after winning nine medals in her age group – including gold in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and 200m freestyle.
Team-mate Jack Goddard, also nine, was neck and neck with Max Head for the top boy title but the Bridgwater swimmer edged ahead in the last two events.
Eight of Goddard’s nine medals were gold but Head reeled in 12 in the 10yrs age group, also including eight golds.
North Dorset Turbos’ Oliver Slade was third in the boys’ overall table after winning one gold, six silver and two bronze medals.
Poole’s Claire Stuhlmacher and Mae Phillips each won five gold medals while club-mate Jessia Huggins took four and Louis Dunning, Tia Paginton and Luca Sartorius three each.
Katie Long topped Wareham’s medal tally with four gold and two silver while Swim Bournemouth’s Amelia Reynolds took home three gold and two bronze.
• Poole’s world junior finalist Jacob Peters and head coach Barry Alldrick have been named in a British team for next month’s TYR Pro Swim Series at Austin, Texas.
Peters, 17, is one of eight GB swimmers selected for the international grand prix from January 11-14 while Alldrick is one of two coaches.
Alldrick said: “It will be good experience for Jacob to race against different people.”
It will be the second international in the US in five months for the British junior champion, who made two finals at the World Junior Championships in Indianapolis in August, smashing two British 17yrs age group records in the process.
The meet offers cash prizes of up to $1,000 per event for medallists.
The selections come just days before next week’s Swim England Championships in Sheffield, where Peters will be bidding for Commonwealth Games qualification.
Hopes of a trip to Australia’s Gold Coast are high for the Poole and Dorset captain, who is already ranked second in England in the 200m butterfly behind world and Olympic medallist James Guy.
England can select up to three swimmers for each event and a 0.12-second improvement on his Dorset and British age group records of 1:58.40 would probably secure a place on the team.
A good swim in the 100m butterfly would also put him in contention for that event and a place in the England’s medley relay squad down under.
Alldrick said: “If Jacob gets it all right at Sheffield, I think he could make the qualifying time.”
Poole team-mates Jazz McCrea and Ollie Fairman will also be competing at the Swim England event.
Meanwhile, Poole will be taking their strongest-ever National Arena League team to Newport on Saturday for their third consecutive Premier Division final.
Their opponents include three of the top four from last season’s national final – Millfield, Plymouth Leander and City of Cardiff – but a top six finish will put Poole into the virtual gala that helps to decide next year’s 20 A and B finalists.
“This is our best chance so far of qualifying for the national finals,” said Alldrick.
Swim Bournemouth head for the Premier Division’s mid-table final in Bristol while First Division Seagulls are at Bodmin.
Poole B will be bidding for promotion at the first attempt in the Division Two final at Millfield.
Source : BournemouthEcho