Eastbourne swimmers make a splash at County Development Gala

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19 young Eastbourne Swimming Club swimmers recently competed in the Sussex County Development Gala at the Sovereign Centre Eastbourne.

The event is an opportunity for young and novice swimmers to get one of their first experiences of swimming competition. The swimmers were on top form, winning themselves 27 medals and between them gaining 23 County Qualifying Times.

Every swimmer gained one or more personal best times.

The day started well with Jayden Paul, 11, winning a silver medal in the gruelling 200m Butterfly with a 22 second PB followed by silver in 200 IM and a bronze in the 11 yrs 100m Butterfly.

There were brilliant swims throughout the gala from Pedro Sousa, 13, who won himself 4 gold medals in all four of his events and gained County Qualifying times in 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly.

Ava-Lily Parry, 10, sprinted to gold in the 50m and 100m freestyle as well as silver medals in 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle and 200m backstroke, gaining County Qualifying times in 3 of her events.

A successful day was had by Kian Day, 12, he swam to gold in 200m freestyle with an 18 second PB and a County Qualifying time, as well as gold in 100m IM and silver in 200m IM and 2 further County Qualifying times.

In the girls 10yrs Jessie Levell was delighted to win a gold medal in the 100m backstroke with a 10 sec PB and a County Qualifying time along with a silver medal in 100m fly and a County Qualifying time in 100m freestyle.

Team mate Poppy Mearns won gold for the girls 11yrs 50m freestyle gaining a County Qualifying time along with 2 further County Qualifying times for 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke.

Lauren Goldsmith contributed to the gold medal wins for Eastbourne by sprinting to the finish in the girls 14 and over 200m breastroke also gaining a County Qualifying time.

13 year old Ewan Hendry won three medals in his age group, silver in 100m IM and bronze in both the 100m breastroke and 200m breastroke.

New to the open meet scene was Kacey Lee Phillips, 10, who was delighted with her swim and gained a silver medal in 200m IM with a 17 second PB.

Alicia Smith, 11, gained three County Qualifying times and a silver medal in the 50m freestyle.

Whilst team-mate Armani Tanna won two bronze medals for girls 9 yrs 200m IM and 200m breastroke and 2 County Qualifying times.

Team Captain Rozzie Scarff completed her duties for the year supporting her fellow team-mates and helped by bringing home a bronze medal in the 14 yrs and over 100m freestyle.

Eastbourne Swimming Club always welcomes new swimmers for further information please see the Eastbourne Swimming Club website www.eastbourneswimmingclub.org

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