THE Chester Academy’s new swimming team were in record-breaking form at the Cheshire County Championships.
Every member of the 33-strong team produced personal best times to help the academy – a multi-sports organisation based at Chester Racecourse – finish 10th out of the 24 clubs competing.
Leading the way was the brilliant Chris Boardman, 15, who won the top boy award for his age group after winning five gold medals and achieving 10 North West regional qualifying times.
Also impressing were Faye Harvey, 19, and Polly Holden, 12, who posted four regional qualifying times each. Faye also won senior 50m backstroke bronze.
Lewis Roberts, 12, powered to a 100m backstroke victory in a time which not only was a personal best and regional qualifier, but one which also took him to the top of the Welsh rankings.
Medals were won by Charlotte Walters (50m breaststroke silver) and Isabelle Anwyl (200m breaststroke bronze), both of whom achieved regional qualifying times along with Andy Boardman, Craig Prime, Georgina Gardner-Stockley, John Crawford and Ryen Spencer-Wolfe.
Six University of Chester swimmers, David Griffiths, Owen Hastings, Andy Hitchcox, Laura Wade, Naomi Wilson and Amy Wright, also competed for the first time under the Chester Academy banner, and all posted PBs.
Members of the University of Chester and Chester Academy swimming teams competed at the British Universities and Colleges Team Championships in Sheffield.
It was the university’s first time at the event but that did not stop the team, led by captain Laura Wade, from recording a fantastic seventh-placed finish in their division.