11 May 2018
Fantastic Regional performances by South Croydon swimmers
The London Swimming region held their Youth Championships (15+) at the London Aquatic Centre on 05 – 07 May and South Croydon Swimming Club had a team of 5 qualifiers for this tough competition.
Representing SCSC (with 20 entries) were Ella Corby (17/over), Amy Davies, Laura Chisholm (16) Brandon Vencatachellum and Steve Totev (15). Events were swum as heats, with finals later in each day for the fastest qualifiers. Over the 3 days of competition the 20 heat entries were converted into 10 top ten finishes, including an incredible 5 gold medals for Amy Davies. All five of Amy’s gold medals were won in Freestyle events as she dominated every distance from 50m to 800m. In the 50m, 100m and 200m events Amy swam personal best times and she now has British Summer Championship qualifying times across all five distances plus the 200m Individual Medley.
Ella Corby returned from the championships with three fourth places and a tenth from her four races, including 4th in the 1,500m freestyle which was being swum at the championships for the very first time. Ella currently holds qualification times for one British Summer Championship and three English Summer Championship events.
Brandon Vencatachellum, was the club’s other finalist over the weekend, as he recorded his best ever Regional Championship finish with 7th in the 200m Butterfly. In addition, Brandon swam a further six events over the weekend, to be the club’s busiest swimmer, recording other top twenty finishes in the 50m Backstroke (15th), 100m Backstroke (20th) and Butterfly (18th), and the 200m Backstroke (15th).
Laura Chisholm swam in three events, recording two top twenty finishes, in the 100m Backstroke (13th) and the 50m Breaststroke (15th), while Steve Totev marked his debut at Regional Championships with a fantastic 15th in the 50m Butterfly and a great PB of 29.5