04 July 2018
The London Swimming region held their annual Open Water Championships at Surrey Quays Water Sports Centre on Saturday 30th June and two swimmers from South Croydon Swimming Club took part this year. The Championships provide a qualification route into the National Open Water Championships which are to be swum at Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield, on 30th July.
The longest event of the championships was the 5k for swimmers aged 17 and over. Ella Corby was South Croydon’s representative in this event and she was aiming to improve on her 3rd place at last year’s event after a solid block of training, including attendance at the Region’s Talent Camp in recent weeks. With the event swum over 10 laps of the course, on a very sunny day, Ella went out strongly right from the start in attempt to dominate the race and but showed great endurance strength to finish in just over 1 hour 14 minutes, beating the second place competitor by over 3 minutes. In addition, Ella’s finish time was some 30 seconds faster than her time in the same race in 2017.
Winning the Regional Championships ensures qualification for the Open Water National event where Ella will hope to improve on her 10th place finish last year. John Mills, Headcoach of South Croydon Swimming Club said that ‘Ella swam a perfect tactical race, applying all her training from both the club and at the recent Talent Camp she was selected to attend. It is great to see a South Croydon swimmer winning another Regional Championship, and we look forward to seeing her perform at the National Championships later this month’.
Also competing at the championships from South Croydon Swimming Club was Brandon Vencatachellum, who swam in the 3k event. This was Brandon’s second appearance at Regional level Open Water swimming, and he swam a great race to finish 7h in a time of 48 minutes and 18 seconds. John Mills again commented that ‘this was a great result for Brandon as he stepped up to the 3k distance for the first time and shows the how hard he has trained since making his debut in 2017’.