29 January 2019
The 2019 Surrey County Swimming Championships got underway over the past weekend with the first of 6 galas taking place at the Surrey Sports Park Guildford.
A total of 37 swimmers from South Croydon Swimming Club have qualified and entered the championships and the first weekend of competition saw 14 of them take to the pool. By the end of the weekend’s swimming the club was in 9th place in the team medal table, with swimmers having collectively won 4 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze medals. Individual highlights included:
Amy Davies competing in the 17 and over age category and winning medals in all five events she swam with Golds in the 200m and 400m Freestyle, Silvers in the 100m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley, and a Bronze in the 200m Butterfly;
Also winning Gold medals were Sean Gray (age 17+) in the 200m Butterfly, and Christopher Finch (15) in the 100m Breaststroke. Christopher also won Bronze in the 200m Individual Medley, and set personal best times in all 6 races he had over the weekend.
Kasia Titterton (age 13) was the club’s second female medallist from the weekend, winning Silvers in the 200m and 400m Freestyle and Bronzes in the 100m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley, setting personal best times in all five events she swam.
The final medallist from the weekend was Jared Thompson (13) who won Silver in the 200m Butterfly, finishing no worse than 7th in all six events he swam. Jared’s younger brother, Caleb (11) almost matched his elder sibling, recording a best finish of 4th, as well as 3 other top eight results.
Other swimmers from the club recording top eight finishes were Brandon Vencatachellum (16) - 6th in the 200m Backstroke; Laura Chisholm (17) - two 7th places in the 200m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley;, Nicola Finnegan (16) - 7th in the 200m Butterfly; Joshua Hardy (15) - 8th in the 100m Breaststroke; and Safia Opie - 8th in the 400m Freestyle.
The final swimmers representing the club over the weekend were Ella Hardy (14) with a best finish of 12th in the 200m Butterfly, Imogen Bates (12) with a best finish of 14th in the 200m Backstroke and Scarlett Stewart (12) with a best finish of 16th in the 200m Butterfly,
Headcoach John Mills said “With 2018 having finished on a high for the club, with Amy Davies attending a National Training Camp and the club retaining its Division 1 membership of the National Swimming League, this first gala of 2019 again proves the in depth strength within the club especially with the swimmers achieving a collective 39 personal bests. All of our swimmers have lived up to their billing as being amongst the best young swimmers in Surrey and I look forward to the rest of this year’s championships”.
The championships continue at the London Aquatic Centre over the weekend of 09 and 10 February.