Swimmers make a splash at County Championships

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Hailsham Swimming Club produced strong performances at the recent Sussex County Championships held at the K2 in Crawley.

The championships took place over three weekends and those representing Hailsham did both the club and themselves proud with the high standard of swimming displayed.

Everyone improved on their personal best times and a total of 27 top three places were achieved.

In order to take part in this county level competition, each swimmer was required to achieve qualification times set by the Amateur Swimming Association.

Throughout the past year, nine swimmers (see photographed) from HSC, attended licensed swim meets and successfully achieved the qualification times required.

Craig Steenhoff qualified for 15 events in the 16 years plus age group.

He was the most experienced swimmer in the Hailsham team and set a fantastic example, by achieving many personal best times and reaching four finals.

Craig gained seven top eight places in his age group championship, as well as six top eight places in the overall Open Championship, including two bronze medals in 100m and 200m Butterfly.

Samuel Avery also had a great competition, improving his race times in all events and was awarded five top eight places.

He went into the boys 12 years 50m Butterfly event seeded sixth place.

A determined swim earned him a well-deserved silver medal.