FIVE Pembrokeshire swimmers flew the flag for Wales at the recent National Counties Team Championship in Sheffield.  

Mason Montague and Sammy Montgomery, both 15, 14-year old Dexter West, and Grace Nichols and Cerys Griffiths, both 13, were selected by Swim Wales as they are the fastest in at least one stroke over 100 metres in their age category in the Wales (West) region.

All of the five swimmers are members of Pembrokeshire County Swimming (PCS), a performance swim club based at Haverfordwest Leisure Centre.

Craig Nelson, head coach at PCS, said: “It is a tribute to the hard work of the athletes and a mark of the strength of our programme that we had five selections to the West Wales squad for this important meet.”

The five young athletes headed north to Sheffield on Sunday, October 8 to take on some of the best young swimmers from around the UK.

The competition split teams across two divisions, depending on where they finished the previous year. 

Swim Wales had two teams – West and East – with Wales (West) finishing a respectable 10th place in Division 2 and Wales (East) securing their spot in Division 1 for another year with a 13th place finish. 

PCS is the performance pathway for the best young swimmers in the county, drawn from Pembrokeshire's five development clubs – Haverfordwest Seals, Fishguard Flyers, Tenby Dolphins, Milford Tigers and Pembroke & District Swimming Club.

Nick Russell, assistant coach at PCS, said: “We are really proud of the guys and it's great to see Pembrokeshire so well represented at a national level swim meet.”