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Day Five - 2009 Swimming Championships

15 year old Libby Mitchell (Taunton Deane Swimming) looks on course to achieve great things in the future having blown away the longest standing womens record on our Championship books, winning the Ladies 200m Butterfly in a time of 2:12.60, three point seven seconds inside Olympian Helen Bewley's previous time set back in 1984!  Helen, now Gouldby, a senior coach at Millfield School, went onto compete in this event at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, which makes Libby's new record all the more special, especially as she was able to be presented the trophy by the former record holder!  But this was only at the start of a day that was to see a further four records broken as a result of some fantastic swimming. 

Libby Mitchell (Taunton Deane Swimming) receives the Ladies 200m Butterfly Championship Trophy
from former record holder and Olympian Helen Gouldby (nee Bewley)
Stacey Tadd (University of Bath), also pictured above in second place on the podium, went onto the win the Ladies 400m Individual Medley Championship in a time of 4:49.92 whilst Haydn Maclean (Millfield) was crowned Ladies 100m Freestyle Champion winning the final in 57.72.

The men also continued to impress today with Tristan Slater (Millfield) winning the Mens 400m Individual Medley Championship in a time of 4:33.11 whilst teammate James Disney-May (Millfield) recorded a time of 53.03 to claim the Mens 100m Freestyle Championship.

James Disney-May went on to compete as a member of the Millfield Senior Mens 4x50m Freestyle Team who also broke a very long-standing Championship record set back in 1991 by University of Bath.  The Millfield team that also included James Clarke, Karl Botha and Ross McAuliffe (all pictured above with our President Sarah Pusill) set a time of 1:37.44 smashing the previous record.  Taunton Deane Swimming Senior Ladies Medley Team took the gold whilst Millfield won the other senior relay events, however all of these teams also broke previous best times making a total of five new senior records set in one day - a record in itself perhaps?!

Watch out for our 2009 Swimming Championships 'Gallery' on this site soon to be published with photographs taken throughout the seven days of competition!

Ladies and Mens 100m Freestyle Championship Results - Day Five
Results - Day Five

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