Jersey swimmers go so close

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We are never happy to lose,’ coach Paul du Feu said, ‘but sometimes you lose and still feel satisfaction with the result.

There were some good performances from the Jersey team.

We were missing a few of our team members, with Simon (Le Couilliard) in Australia and some of the others away at university, but Guernsey were missing Ian Powell who is quite an important member of their squad.

I was pleased with the performances and losing by four points is nothing like as bad as losing by more than 50!’Notable Jersey performances included Jay Bichard who won the 100m free in the 12/13-year old event, having finished fourth last time, and Sarah Jane Poingdestre who won the 100m breaststroke in the 16 and over age group, and beat her Guernsey friend and great rival Gail Strobridge for the first time ever, by .03 secs.Rosie Barrett, Abigail Faudemer, Lauren Le Mière and Katherine Gamlin won their relays.The Jersey men, too, were in winning form in their relays and Alexis Militis won the 100m freestyle while Damien Boucheré took honours in the breaststroke.Young James Payn won all four of his events in the 11 and under section and Rhona Perkins and Sarah Hassell were victorious in the 12/13 age group, in the 100m backstroke and breaststroke respectively.In fact, Jersey won the individual races by two points but Guernsey went ahead by six in the relays.’The inter-insular is quite a friendly event, they all get on very well.

Overall I’m pleased with the result, there has been a noticeable improvement in standards which will hold us in good stead for the big events later in the season,’ du Feu said.

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