Gold for Chloe and Josh in county swimming champs

Lizzie Wright
Lizzie Wright

Following recent success in the Sussex County Championships, Eastbourne Swimming Club members enjoyed another victorious two days at the Championships in March.

15 swimmers attended and went home with a haul of medals and regional qualifying times.

Gold medals went to Chloe Pollard in the 200m backstroke and to Josh Lemon in the 100m backstroke, with both swimmers gaining regional qualifying times.

Meanwhile, 12-year-old James Grimmond picked up three silver medals in the 50m breaststroke, 200m freestyle and 400m freestyle, taking a tremendous 18 seconds from his personal best.

In the 13-year age group, Matt Tyler touched in third to take the bronze in the 100m and 200m breaststroke, smashing his personal best by an outstanding 15 seconds.

There was success too for Sean Wright who took sliver in the 200m breaststroke and bronze in the 100m breaststroke, gaining two good regional qualifying times in the process.

Team mate Reece Bishop swam an exceptional 100m freestyle race, only narrowly missing out on a regional time, and other youngsters, Harriet Farrington, Lauren Goldsmith, Chloe Hughes, Thivya Kularajan, Jack Lindsay, Charlotte Shooter Harris all put in good performances with many PBs being broken.

But for the club’s 17-year-olds the weekend was a dazzling success with Lizzie Wright (pictured) and Adrian Wright netting four regional times each and Hannah Wilcocks gaining a regional time in her 50m backstroke event.

Sussex County success for St Bede’s

Swimmers from the St Bede’s School and the aquatics club travelled to Crawley for the final weekend of the 2012 Sussex County Championships.

While the squad is small compared to many of the other clubs in the county, they succeeded in winning the senior mens championship and placing third overall in the aggregate championships consisting of senior and junior men and senior and junior ladies.

St Bede’s highlights from the championships included three national qualifying times from Will Condron (200 Individual medley, 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle) and overall Open Championship victories from Andrew Horsfall-Turner (1500m freestyle), Katherine Horsfall Turner (800m freestyle) and Will Condron (100m Individual Medley and 400m freestyle).

The younger age groups compete for an overall bagcat points event in age group which operates on a similar basis to a decathlon in athletics.

Theo Hall, 12, finished first in four of the individual races in his age group and was consistently well placed in the remaining events.

He eventually won a close overall battle from James Fairlie of Littlehampton to win his age group bagcats.

Nine-year-old Thomas Jackson won the 200m freestlye and with strong performances in other events finished third in his age group.

Other top 10 bagcat places were achieved by 12-year-old Maddie Drury (8th) and 14-year-old Will Brown (8th).

Valuable points and personal bests were achieved by all squad members which also included: Ben jones, Eliot Wood, Cristina Richards, Emma Horsfall Turner, Cole Cornford, Ella Vieweg, Jesica Brailey and Taliska Cornford.

Head Coach, Kevin Ayers, was justifiably proud of the team’s performance and will soon have them back in hard training for events later in the season.