Ripley Rascals held their annual club championships at Alfreton Leisure Centre last weekend, and there were some excellent performances including 15 new club records being set. For a club that has been in existence since 1973 this is no mean feat, and huge credit must go to Head coach Glenn Fisher and his team of coaches at Ripley.
Leading the way was Jacob Whittle, who set 8 new championship records in his 8 races, an awesome performance from an exceptionally talented young swimmer. Jacob has been selected for the British Swimming World Podium Potential programme, in recognition of his progress and achievements over the past 12 months.
Also setting records were two 9-year-old swimmers, Kessie Webster and Evelyn Connor.
Kessie set 4 new Championship records, including swimming 18.50 for the 25m backstroke, smashing the previous record of 19.96 which was set in 2002 by Olivia Coates.
Evelyn broke 2 records, including the 25m butterfly in a time of 17.05. This shattered the previous record of 19.80, held by Emma Smithurst since 2000. Emma went on to swim for Great Britain, so for Evelyn to break the record by such a huge margin is outstanding.
8-year-old Isla Johnson also beat the previous record times in 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 25m butterfly, and is clearly a great prospect for the future.
Also breaking records were 19-year-old Josh Pemberton, who set a new record time in the 100m individual medley, and Leah Burgin-Rawson who set a new 100 i/m record of 1.12.34.
There were wins over the Championships for Saffron Sands, Charlotte Marshall, Victoria Threlfall, William Atkin, Oliver Stone, George Whittle, Jaden Leo, Georgia Caddy, Mimi Fisher, Flynn Chidlow, Daisy Stone, Charlie Porter, Noah Tannahill, George Atkin, Isabelle Kimber, Gabriella Robinson, Oscar Stevens, Anna Booth, Ruby Haslam, Alice Richards and Mia Barber.
Also producing excellent performances and building on their skills were Isaac Caddy, Hannah Cross, Arabella Green, Joel Tannahill, Olivia Brown, Evan Johnson, Ruby Blake, Elena Quinn, Aydrian Cope, Riley Baxter and Freya Channell.
Head coach Glenn Fisher was understandably a happy man after the Championships, saying “I’m really pleased how everyone performed, there were some excellent swims. For so many club records to be broken shows how strong the current crop of swimmers are here at Ripley”.