16 January 2018
An early start for the Surreys this year and it was the Boys 400m Freestyle that kicked proceeding off at SSP in Guildford.
Dulwich Dolphins were well represented in this event and successfully so too.
12-year-old Peter Ash earned the Dolphins their first medal with a third-place finish in a time of 5:16.53
In the 13-year-old age group Christopher Chilton finished sixth overall in a time of 4:55.46 whilst Harvey Chapman Lennon came fourteenth (5:16.00) and Alex Ung finished twenty second with a new PB of 5:27.07.
Sam Ridgely added to the medal tally finishing second overall in the 14-year-old age group in a time of 4:37.24
Theo Thompson (4:36.09) finished fifth in the 15-year-old age group with Maxwell Brooks (4:37.31) and Connell Sareen (4:40.14) finishing seventh and tenth respectively.
Willem Koster brought Dulwich Dolphins their first gold medal winning the 16-year-old age group in a convincing 4:20.54.
Frances Newe added a silver to the medal total finishing the 15-year-old Girls 200m Backstroke in 2:29.58.
In the same event Olivia Ellender (2:41.37), Mila Jovanov (2:42.36) and Eva Funsch (2:43.89) all swam in the 13-year-old age group and finished sixth, eighth and ninth respectively.
Inevitably Team GB swimmer Anna Maine won the 17-year-old girls 200m backstroke event but Nell Kinch just missed a podium place coming fourth in 2:32.50 and Juliet Huddart-Ouabdesslam finished 6th overall in 2:33.16.
Dulwich Dolphins dominated the 12-year-old Boys 200 IM event with Peter Ash (2:45.31) taking gold and Alex Williams (2:45.44) taking the silver. In the same event Willem Koster(2:19.32) took Gold in the 16-year-old age group whilst there were also medals for Sam Ridgely (silver in the 13 year old age group in a time of 2:29.46 ) and Theo Thompson (bronze in the 15 year old age group in 2:22.32)
Also in the 200 IM Theodore Djidetchian (2:48.19) finished eighth in 12-year-old boy’s category, in the 13-year olds Harvey Chapman Lennon (2:39.88) and Zachary Crowther (2:49.94) both swam and Maxwell Brooks (2:26.40) swam in the 15-year-old age group.
In the Girls 100m Breaststroke event Holly Callaway won gold in the 16-year-old age group whilst Frances Newe (1:18.96) had to settle for fourth in the 15-year age group in which Nora Francillon also swam with a time of 1:26.93. Mila Jovanov (1:24.51) finished fifth in the 13-year-old age group.
Theodore Djidetchian (1:11.28), Alex Williams (1:08.97), Peter Ash (1:10.74) and Mason Graves Brown (1:06.37) all swam in the 12-year-old Boys 100m Freestyle. Both Peter and Mason made the final with ended with Mason adding a bronze to the Dolphins medal haul.
Christopher Chilton (1:05.94) swam in the 13-year-old boys 100m Freestyle, Sam Ridgely (1:01.30) finished fourth in the 14-year olds age group, George Rates (1:00.23) and Theo Thompson (1:02.20) swam in the 15-year age group and Willem Koster, finished ninth (59.01) overall in the heats but sneaked into the final as reserve and went on to finish in a very respectable fifth place (57.94)!
In the Girls 200m Fly Mila Jovanov (2:46.21) won her first medal of the tournament, a bronze whilst Frances Newe (2:32.42) once again felt the frustration of a fourth-place finish!
At the end of the first day of the 2018 Surrey’s Dulwich Dolphins are second in both the medal table (12 overall, 4 of each colour) and the points table (125). Plenty to build on when the competition resumes in February.