Youngsters from Bishop’s Stortford Swimming Club excelled as they retained their Division One status in the Hertfordshire Peanuts League.
The team of 21 children aged 9 to 12 took on the county’s elite at three separate galas at Potters Bar and finished sixth out of 12.
Each gala has 39 events which are a mix of individual age group and relay races before concluding with a freestyle relay consisting of eight swimmers with one boy and one girl from each age group.
Stortford finished fourth, third and sixth of three rounds to stay in the league for another year. It was a great achievement for an inexperienced team against many big clubs.
Molly Greatbatch, Samuel Bird, Noah Conroy and Elliot Hall deserved special praise for competing in their own age group and in the senior age group.
The team was expertly led by manager Danielle Reilly and coach Joe Collins, while older swimmers Callum Davis, Millie Fields and Niamh James provided invaluable support.
BSSC Team: Noah Conroy, Alex Eustace, George Hall, Haydn Bird, Guy Spearman-Baines, Eddy Cheng, Zachary Haslett-Fossey, Benny Palmer, Elliot Hall, Robert Filionescu, Yana Patel, Ellyse Harvey, Millie Cass, Lois Fields, Molly Greatbatch, Elsie Lowe, Adeline Chan, Isabelle Earley, Zoe Opiyo, Meha Patel, Bobbie MacDonald-Williams and Samuel Bird.