Teddington SC's improving swimmers were in action at the weekend at the Middlesex County Development meet at Barnet Copthall and came home with a clutch of medals.

The development meets are aimed at the improving swimmers and have strict entry times to ensure that faster swimmers cannot enter. Unfortunately for the club many of the Teddington swimmers had improved too much over the past few weeks and were disqualified for swimming too fast. These swimmers were awarded speeding tickets' in recognition of their achievements.

For those swimmers that managed to stay inside the time limits, 13-year-old Alice Melotte came home with a clutch of medals. She won gold in the 50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, secured a silver medal in the 100m Butterfly, and a bronze in the 100m backstroke. Alice also had an excellent swim in the 200 IM, but the time was too fast and a speeding ticket was added to her collection of medals.

11-year-old Florence Reavie-Corker was also amongst the medals, winning gold in the 50m Breaststroke, silver in the 400m Freestyle, silver in the 200m Freestyle and also collecting two speeding tickets and 4 PBs.

For the boys, 12 year old Daniel Jermy won gold in the 50m Backstroke and a speeding ticket in the Butterfly, 11-year-old Declan Lawlor won bronze in the 50m Breaststroke and managed 4 PBs. Swimmers that were disqualified included Sarah Melotte (three speeding tickets and three PBs), Laurence Artizone (two speeding tickets and two PBs), Nicholas White-Overton (three speeding tickets and 3 PBs), Isobell Rees (two speeding tickets and three PBs), Yasmin Barnet (two speeding tickets and two PBs), Willow Malin (two speeding tickets and two PBs) and Ben Fidler managed an eigth place rosette in the 12 years 50m Freestyle with a PB.

Over the weekend, every Teddington swimmer either achieved medals, speeding tickets or PBs and club coach Carol Butler said: "It was disappointing to see so many swimmers disqualified, but what it does mean is that they are all improving and swimming faster, which in the long run is a good thing."