Long-standing swimming record almost broken by nine-year-old

HOLLY BRAMWELL-WARD -- almost broke a long-standing club record.
HOLLY BRAMWELL-WARD -- almost broke a long-standing club record.

Nine-year-old swimmer Holly Bramwell-Ward came within a whisker of breaking a club record that has stood since 1999 when HUCKNALL FALCON tackled the First Round of the Notts Sports Centre League last Saturday night.

Competing in the 11-and-under girls’ 50m freestyle, Bramwell-Ward clocked a fantastic personal-best (PB) time of 35.50 seconds, which was only 0.04 seconds outside the record for nine-year-olds that has survived for 16 years.

Another notable PB, among 33 for Falcon on the night, was registered by Tilly-Mae Oldnall, who swam really well in the backstroke on her gala debut.

The close-knit, six-team gala, held at Hucknall Leisure Centre, saw Falcon finish a fine third after racking up ten wins and seven second places.

Amelia Sale led the way with a hat-trick of victories -- in the girls’ open 100m butterfly, 100m individual medley and 100m backstroke. But not far behind was junior girls’ captain Emily Butler, who landed the 11-and-under 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly. And there was also a double for George Webster in the 13-and-under boys’ 50m butterfly and 100m breaststroke.

Senior girls’ captain Sophie Melvin won the 15-and-under 50m butterfly, while Thomas Howarth took the boys’ open 100m breaststroke. Victory was also celebrated by the girls’ 15/open 4X25m medley relay team of Emma Hutson, Jessica Howarth, Sophie Melvin and Elise Connor.

The runners-up spots were secured by: Finley Ellis (11-and-under boys’ 50m backstroke), James Terry (boys’ open 100m individual medley), Thomas Howarth (boys’ open 100m freestyle), Emma Hutson (15-and-under girls’ 100m backstroke), George Webster (13-and-under boys’ 100m individual medley), Sophie Hutson (13-and-under girls’ 100m individual medley) and senior boys’ captain Sam Murden (boys’ open 100m backstroke).

As well as Bramwell-Ward and Oldnae, the array of Falcon swimmers to attain PB times was headed by George Webster, who clocked six in total, including three as part of relay teams. His new individual best times came in the 13-and-under boys’ 50m butterfly, 100m breaststroke and 100m individual medley.

Two individual PBs were also recorded by Adam Webber in the 15-and-under boys’ 100m individual medley and 100m freestyle, and by Emily Butler in the 11-and-under girls’ 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly.

The others to be successful were: Sophie Melvin, Jai Raison, Ellie Barker, Sam Murden, James Terry, Amelia Sale, Grace Allsop, Dylan Walker, Sophie Hutson, Benjamin Davies, Bradley Gregory, Jessica Howarth and Elise Connor.

The next round is on Saturday 28th March, again at Hucknall.

RESULT -- Calverton and Bingham 199 points, Kimberley 185, FALCON 166, Leander 152, Carlton Forum 144, Arnold 108.