Pembrokeshire’s county swimming squad took the National Pool in Swansea by storm last month as they bagged 28 medals, including 11 golds at the Swansea Aquatics Autumn Meet.

The gala, on November 18th and 19th, attracted high calibre swimmers from across Britain to make it a national level competition.

Three members of Pembrokeshire County Swimming (PCS) stood out. Sean Barrett powered to five gold medals in the 13 to 14 year age group. He grabbed top spot in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, 200 individual medley (IM) and 100 freestyle, touching home in a blistering 59.54 seconds.

Charlotte Whalley grabbed three golds in the 50, 100 and 200m backstroke events, plus bronze in the 100 freestyle, touching in 1:01.58.

Rory Andrews of Haverfordwest stormed to two golds, two silvers and three bronze medals. The pick of his two gold winning performances (in 50 and 400m freestyle) was the rapid 29.52 second time clocked for the 50m ‘splash and dash’.

Craig Nelson, head coach for PCS, said the county’s top 3 squads - National Performance, National and Junior National - were using the Swansea meet as preparation for the Swim Wales Winter Championships,  which began on Friday and are scheduled to finish today. 

“With our top three squads here, it’s a great chance to have a big team to show the strength in depth of the quality we have in Pembrokeshire and get some valuable experience before our targeted meet.”

Others on the medal rostrum included Arabella Haley, who secured bronze in the over 15s backstroke and gold in the 400 freestyle, touching in 4:54.08.

Rosie Llewellyn was not far behind Haley to grab silver in the 400 freestyle in 5:01.84.

Louisa Twigg seized bronze in the over 15 age group in the 200 IM and silver in the 200m breaststroke, hitting the wall in 2:49.56.

Henry White of Haverfordwest grabbed bronze in the 13 to 14 years 400 IM and two silver medals in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, finishing the latter in 3:01.44.

Tomas Webb won two silvers in the over 15s 200 and 100 breaststroke, touching in 1:10.09 over the shorter distance.

Robbie Ralph won bronze in the 11 to 12 year 50 backstroke in a time of 40.87. Rachael Lewis of Fishguard grabbed bronze in the 13 to 14 year 200 breaststroke, touching in 3:06.01.