Hailsham swimmers hold onto division 1 spot

Hailsham swimmers
Hailsham swimmers

Hailsham have secured their place in the top division within Sussex, after finishing second in their final league gala of the season.

The Hailsham team and spectators lived up to their reputation of being the loudest and most fun, as they welcomed the visiting teams and showed their support with an array of chants and cheers. Hailsham’s performances were equally as impressive, with everyone giving it their all.

Super swims by Sam Avery, saw him finish in the top spot, as he won the under 16 100m Individual Medley, 100m Backstroke and 100m Breaststroke races. Marcus Tyson blew away the competition in both the open 100m Backstroke and Individual Medley events to claim maximum points. Joe Golding successfully fought off competition in the under 16 years 100m Freestyle, sprinting to victory and claiming top points for the team.

Milly Widdop made her mark in the Breaststroke events, sprinting to victory in both the under 14 years 50m and under 16 years 100m events. Milly also secured second place after strong swims in the under 14 100m Individual Medley and open 100m Breaststroke.

Hailsham excelled in the open 100m Butterfly race, with brilliant swims by Craig Steenhoff and Nathan Pashler gaining them first and second places. Congratulations to Abbie Shorthouse, Macy Ring, Tom Barden, Will Last and Thomas Jackson on achieving second place finishes as a result of their super individual swims.

Hailsham’s success continued throughout the evening in the relay events. The under 14 girls retained their superb race winning form, following stunning sprints by Abbie Shorthouse, Milly Widdop, Sian Pearson and Lexie Coleman, in the Medley relay.

The under 14 boys (Lachlan Gower, Thomas Jackson, Tom Barden and Bradley Bailey) sprinted hard in their Medley race, to claim second place.

Joe Golding got the team off to an amazing start, touching in first place after his leg of the under 16 Freestyle relay. Ellis Granea, George Gadsden and Sam Avery put in strong performances to clench second overall. The open age group girls stormed into second place, secured by determined swims by Anna Baker, Molly Paulin, Kelly Purdie and Amelia Evershed.

Well done our younger swimmers who experienced competing in the Sussex League for the first time: Lottie Evershed, Ella O’Neill, Isabella Dulieu, Bella Palframan, Neave Martin-O’Donahue, Quinn Teague, Isaac Goldsmith, Joshua Wilshire, and Ben Allen. Hailsham saw off competition from Worthing Swimming Club, to collate enough points to ensure they swim amongst the top clubs in the county next year. The points on the evening concluded with Hastings winning (384 points), Hailsham second (833 points) and Worthing third (285 points).

Hailsham Swimming Club is a fun, friendly and inclusive club always open to new members. To find out more please visit our website: www.hailshamswimmingclub.org.

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