Swimmers return from Horsham with 18 medals

Eastbourne swimmers
Eastbourne swimmers

The swimmers from Eastbourne Swimming Club competed at The Atlantis Christmas Cracker meet held at the Pavillions in the Park, Horsham on the last weekend in November.

Eighteen medals in total were won with the girls winning 12 and James Grimmond winning four for the boys.

James won two gold medals in the 50m and 100m backstroke events in the boys 14-year-old aged group and two silver medals in the 200m Individual Medley and 100m freestyle events. He swam a 5.71 second personal best time in the 200m in dividual medley.

Harriet Farrington had a very successful meet winning gold medals in each of her three events in the girls 14-year-old aged group. Girls Junior Captain, Rozzie Scarff also 14, won a bronze medal in her 400m freestyle event with a very impressive 11.27 second personal best time.

The remainder of the medal haul was left to 10 year old Anisa MacCaskill who did her best to imitate Michael Phelps’ Beijing Olympic result with 8 medals. Anisa earned gold in the 400m individual medley and 100m and 400m Freestyle events, she also managed a 53.77 second personal best time in the 400m freestyle! A silver in the 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly and in both the 100m and 200m individual medley events.

Her final medal was a bronze in the 50m butterfly event. Anisa has only been competing in the squad for six months and therefore this is a remarkable achievement for the young swimmer and is reward for her continuous hard work and dedication during training.

Winter Regionals

Three members of Gold Squad travelled to Portsmouth last weekend to compete at the winter regionals.

Harriet Farrington, 14, Jack Lindsay and Sean Wright, both 18, all had a successful weekend at the short course event with some steady swims and personal best times. The distance these swimmers, as well as their parents and their coach, are willing to travel shows their true dedication to their sport and ensures rewards for their hard work and determination during training. Well done from everyone at the club.

Crawley Open Meet

The popular location of the K2 at Crawley ensured a good turnout for Eastbourne Swimming Club at the Not So Early Bird open meet held on the 15th of November.

All the swimmers finished in the top 10 of their events with the majority finishing in the top 8. The girls 14-year-old aged group was dominated by the skilled and accomplished combination of Harriet Farrington, Rozzie Scarff and Chloe Hughes. The girls, despite competing against each other, showed remarkable team spirit and took three of the top six places in the 50m butterfly event.

Harriet gained two gold, two silver, a bronze and a fourth position over the day. Other medals winners were Kian Day with two bronze, Josh Lemon silver, Eloise Key gold in the 200m individual medley, Rozzie a bronze, Poppy Mears a bronze, Lauren Goldsmith two silvers and a bronze and finally Chloe Hughes gold in the 50m backstroke.