30 May 2019
The London Swimming region held their Youth Championships at the London Aquatic Centre, otherwise known as the 2012 Olympic pool, over the weekend of 04 – 06 May and South Croydon Swimming Club had a team of 7 qualifiers for this tough competition.
The championships are for swimmers aged 15 and over as at 31 December 2019, and club were represented by Amy Davies and Laura Chisholm (age 17 and over), Brandon Vencatachellum and Steve Totev (age 16), and Christopher Finch, Joshua Hardy and Sophia Lorke (all age 15). Events were swum as heats, with finals later in each day for the fastest qualifiers, and the team of swimmers started the competition with 36 entries between them.
Over the three days of competition the 36 heat entries were converted into 22 top ten finishes, including three gold, two silver and one bronze medal.
All three gold medals were won by Amy Davies, as she retained titles she won last year in the 50m (26.86), 200m and 400m Freestyle events, as was one of the silver medals in the 100m freestyle (57.93). Across the four events Amy set three personal best times with her time of 2:04.09 in the 200m event being her fastest by over 1.25 seconds. Amy also finished 4th in her other event, the 200m Individual Medley.
Christopher Finch contributed the other two medals won by the club, with silver in the 100m Breaststroke (1:10.53) and Bronze in the 50m Breaststroke (32.76). In addition, Christopher was 4th in the 200m Breaststroke and 9th in the 100m Freestyle, and set 5 personal best times across the weekend.
Steve Totev improved by 11 places on his 50m Butterfly result from 2018, finishing 4th (27.50) in a new personal best by nearly 0.40 seconds.
Joshua Hardy finished in the top 10 in all six events he competed in over the weekend, which ranged from the 100m Breaststroke to the 1,500 Freestyle a great display of all round competitiveness. Joshua’s best result was 5th in the long distance freestyle race where he set a personal best by over 28 seconds.
Brandon Vencatachellum, was similarly consistent in his events over the weekend, where he competed in eight events, finishing 6th in the 200m Butterfly, 8th in the 50m Backstroke, 9th in the 400m Individual Medley and 10th in the 100m Backstroke, and setting four new personal bests.
Laura Chisholm swam in four events, recording two top ten finishes, in the 100m Backstroke (10th) and the 200m Individual Medley (7th) setting new personal bests in both events.
The club’s final swimmer competing over the weekend was Sophia Lorke who swam in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke, with a best result of 16th.
With the Youth Regional Championships having very tough qualification entry times, and being contested by swimmers from across all London Boroughs, all representatives of the club can be very proud to have placed themselves in the group of elite swimmers from across London.
The club would like to extend thanks to their head coach John Mills who attended the gala to provide support to the team of swimmers. John Mills said – “I am extremely pleased and proud of the exciting performances from all of the swimmers at our Olympic Pool. It was brilliant to see all of them perform so well over a long weekend of racing; congratulations to every one of them”
Attention now turns to the London Region Age Group Championships, for swimmers aged 11 to 14, which will be held later this month, and where the club has another 10 swimmers taking part.