Eastbourne Swimming Club’s Chloe Pollard gained the regional qualifying time she was hoping for when she competed at the Brighton Open Meet.
Holding her ground in the 200m backstroke, she knocked 2.5 seconds from her previous mark ensuring she took the first place position in 2:28.40.
Chloe followed her outstanding swim with a third place in the 50m freestyle.
Touching in 30.11 enabled her to enter the action packed junior freestyle ‘skins’ competition. Taking the fastest swimmers from the previous heats, Chloe had to race against her counterparts in a continuous round of 50m events, with a mere three minutes respite between each round.
Eliminating the last swimmer from each contest gave the overall winner their day of glory.
Chloe’s staying power saw her being placed third with the knowledge that she put every ounce of competitive drive into the heart stopping experience.
Just missing the Regional Qualifying time by 0.27 of a second, Adrian Wright’s 200m individual medley in the later Southampton Open Meet awarded him a richly deserved personal best.
With his overall fifth placing, Adrian attained entry into the men’s ‘skins’ event. The first and second round took the swimmers through their freestyle and butterfly paces, and with Adrian holding his own, he took his rapidity through to the third breaststroke challenge.
Achieving a personal best in 34.89, he gave it his all in the fourth breaststroke contest, enabling him to finish in the same remarkable time.
St Bedes shine in the water
Swimmers from St Bede’s School and St Bede’s Aquatics club got off to a dominant start at the opening events of the Sussex Swimming Championships.
at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley. The squad dominated the long distance events which mark the start of the annual county championships.
In the Girls 800m event the squad managed to take three of the first five places with Jasmin Brennan narrowly beating teammate Katherine Horsfall-Turner in a very close finish to take both the Junior and Senior County titles. Jade Pithers also swam a strong race to finish in fifth place.
The rest of the team all scored solid points and there is little doubt that St Bede’s will be leading the club points at this stage of the girls competition.
The boys competed over 1500m and once again St Bede’s demonstrated why they are the premier swimming squad in the county for distance swimming with three swimmers placed in the first four.
In another close race Andrew Horsfall-Turner matched Jasmin Brennan’s feat by taking both the Junior and Senior titles with Will Condron finishing third and Ben Jones forth.
Both Girls and Boys squads lead their respective competitions at this stage and go into the next round of the championships well placed to challenge for overall honours.
The full team from the long distance events and their times were as follows: Girls 800m Jasmin Brennan (9.46.22), Katherine Horsfall-Turner (9.47.23), Jade Pithers (9.55.05), Cristina Richards (10.09.79), Eve Carless (10.10.86), Charlotte Chapman (10.31.03), Emma Horsfall-Turner (11.03.68), Madison Drury (11.33.54) and Rose Stride (11.44.27).
Boys 1500m Andrew Horsfall-Turner (17.22.82), Will Condron (17.39.78), Ben Jones (17.53.11), Alex Fenwick (18.33.62) and Theo Hall (20.45.53)