The cream of Pembrokeshire’s swimming talent seized two medals and clocked up a host of personal best times at last month’s Cardiff International Open Meet.

Sean Barrett again impressed for Pembrokeshire County Swimming (PCS) as the Haverfordwest youngster grabbed gold in the 11-14 year old 100m breastroke and silver in the 200m breaststroke. 

Barrett powered to gold in a new personal best of 1:11.75 and followed this up with second spot in the 200m distance in 2:37.86.

The gala, at Cardiff International Pool from May 26-28, attracted a high calibre field of competitors from across Britain and Pembrokeshire’s finest gave a great account of themselves.

PCS is a partnership between Pembrokeshire County Council and the county’s six competitive swimming clubs - Haverfordwest Seals; Fishguard Flyers; Pembroke & District; Tenby Dolphins; Milford Tigers; and Preseli Panthers. It provides talented young swimmers with a recognised coaching pathway through to national and international level competitions.

Several PCS members made it through a tough round of heats to qualify for the Cardiff Open finals. 

Charlotte Whalley, of Pembroke and District Swimming Club, finished 10th in the 11-14 years 100m backstroke with a solid swim of 1:10.83.

Abigayle Williams raced to eighth in the 11-14 years 100m breastroke, touching in with a time of 1:21.67. The Pembroke swimmer also put in a solid display in the 400m freestyle to hit the wall in 4:49.00, finishing 16t in her age group.

Tomas Webb of Haverfordwest Seals finished 10th in the 15 years and over 50m breast stroke after hitting the wall in a speedy 33.20.

Fellow Seals swimmer, Louisa Twigg, powered to fifth in the 15/16 year 800m freestyle in 9:39.95. Twigg also finished 11th in the 400m freestyle in 4:43.71.

Barrett rounded off a great meet for him with seventh in the 100m butterfly, touching in 1:06.50.

Other notable performances included a storming display by Henry White in the 200m breast stroke heats, as he notched up a new personal best time of 3:11.42.

Lucy Harding produced a new season’s best time in the 50m breast stroke of 40.77 in the heats.

Finally, Bethan Jones of Pembroke powered to a speedy 31.49 in the 50m butterfly.

Craig Nelson, head development coach at PCS, said: “Well done to everyone who took part in the three days of competition. They did an excellent job for where we are in the training cycle and were up against tough competition.”