Fingertip finish sees Kian clinch 50m fly gold

Eastbourne Swimming Club's Elvers Gala
Eastbourne Swimming Club's Elvers Gala

Nearly 40 young swimmers entered Eastbourne Swimming Club’s second Elvers Gala of the year and almost everyone finished the afternoon with at least one personal best under their belt.

Quick off the blocks, Kian Day and Finlay Naylor battled it out in the 50m fly and came to the closest of finishes with Kian touching in first by a fingertip. Alicia Smith and Anissa MacCaskill also fought hard for gold in the girls 9 years 25m backstroke but at the end, Alicia managed to take first.

Four event-best times were broken during the afternoon’s events, with Meeru Putland, Sophia Titterton-Manos, Kian Day and Finlay Naylor taking the credit for one each, while personal bests were also in abundance with Cerys Peters smashing her 50m breast stroke time by 13 seconds, Alex Silverman shaving nine seconds from his 50m breaststroke time and Ella Maxwell and Molly Thompson taking eight seconds from their 50m backstroke times.

Top boy and girl awards went to Najm Karkach and Sophia Tiitterton-Manos, who both took first place in all four of the events they entered.

Others taking part were Aaron and Oliver Anderson, Olivia Burke, Charlotte Chaplin, Keeley Dunstall, Tom Gregory, Jake and Leah Harman, Jessica Hasib, Maddison Jordan-Evans, Nassim Karkach, Eloise Key, James Knight, Ella Krstic, Archie & Tilly Laws, Jessie Levell, Ruby Maxwell, Joshua Meeks, Cory Miller, Mackenzie Newbury, Ava-Lily and Darcy Parry, Hannah Richards, Rasa Sadoughi, Millie Louse Thomas, Eliza Walton and Ellie Wilson.