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Counties Conclude: Over 100 Medals and 200 top 8 Placings

The final day of the 2024 County Championships brought our cumulative total for the 2024 campaign to 61 gold, 25 silver and 20 bronze medals, with over 200 top 8 placings.

Points based on individual times across the whole spectrum of swim events generated the British Age Group Awards given at the conclusion of the championships. Further congratulations are therefore due to Alice and Tommy on winning the Girls 11 years’ and Boys 13 years’ categories, Ruth, 2nd in the 10 year girls with Emily and George both third in the 14 year age group.

Ruth : 10 year Girls’ BAGCAT Silver
Alice : BAGCAT 11 Yr Girls Winner
0 BAGCATs: George (2nd), Tommy  (1st) and Emily (3rd)

The day was not just about individual medal winners. More personal best times, finals reached and the last of the team events. Read here for a detailed report on Day 6.

10/11 Years Mixed 4 x 50m Medley Relay Silver Medalists
Alice, Ruth, David & Leonn

Best Day (So Far, Arguably) At Counties

With twenty-four more age group medals and a further nine County Senior or Junior top three placings, Day 5 was arguably our best performance so far in the 2024 championships. Alice Buckingham and Matt Wright both won three more individual events. It was also the time for others to experience Championship competition for the first time as the relays once again saw medals won and lost by the narrowest of margins.

A detailed report may be read here.


12/13 Yr Boys 200m Freestyle Relay Champions (with Coach Matt Wright)
David Guimaraes: bronze medalist 10/11 Yr 100m Butterfly
10/11 Yr F/s Team : County Champions
Violet Rhodes proud medalist
12/13 Yrs 200m Freestyle Relay Silver Medalists
Amerie Njawaya: Double champion on Day 5

More Medals on Day 4 of County Championships

A further 20 age group medals were won on the fourth day of racing at the 2024 Beds County Championships as Lexie Sandiford, Oliver Fenwick, Emmanuel Kolobius, Talia Staines and Matt Wright once again also picked up Junior or Senior County medals. Read here for a detailed report.

12/13 Years’ Mixed 200m Freestyle Relay Champions



Maxim Collinson: 12 Years’ 200m Breaststroke Champion


Ruth Biscoe: 100m Freestyle Bronze Medal Winner


Five 800m Golds At Beds Championships

Both Nicole Cashin and Talia Staines completed the “Distance Double” winning their respective 14 years and 17 years & over age group’s  800m freestyle on Day 2 of the 2024 County Championships, having won their 1500m races the previous weekend.

Swimming the event long course for the first time, Lucia Day finished 4th in the 13 years age group for Girls whilst Jack Canham was awarded the bronze medal in the Boys event.

George Saunders knocked almost 25 seconds off his long course best time to win the 14 year Boys race. Oliver Fenwick reduced his personal best by a similar margin to win the 15 year age group, with Emmanuel Kolobius and Owain Roberts finishing sixth and seventh respectively.

Matt Wright won the 17 years & over 800m, also collecting the Senior Boys championship title whilst Talia’s and Oliver’s times gave them the Senior Girls and Junior Boys silver medals respectively.

Five From Five At 1500M

All five swimmers competing in the 1500m Freestyle which started the 2024 Beds County Championships came home with medals.

Competing over the distance in a long course pool for the first time Nicole Cashin won gold in the Girls’  14 years’ age group in a time of 20:11.29. In the same age group George Saunders put in a final 100m sprint to finish in third place with a long course debut time of 19:03.10, an agonising 0.08 seconds away from the silver medal position.

Just two seconds separated the first three in the Boys’ 15 years’ event with Olly (Oliver) Fenwick taking the silver in a time of 18:25.10. That time was a personal best long course time by over 37 seconds which also saw him ranked as the second fastest Junior Boy.

Talia Staines and Matt Wright both retained their Senior and  17 years & over titles from 2023 with times of 17:48.72 and 16:53.56 respectively.