19 January 2020
Rushmoor Royals swimmers took on the best that Hampshire had to offer at the opening weekend of the Hampshire County Swimming Championships held at the Mountbatten Sports Centre in Portsmouth over the weekend. Taking home a total of twenty five medals in the first weekend of competition the top honours went to ‘distance queen’ Tash Holroyd. In the opening event of the weekend she took home the 800m Freestyle event in the 16yr category with a time that not only won her age group but was also the fastest in the competition across all age groups. Then on Sunday Tash returned in the 1500m event and repeated the same feat! Also in the Friday night 800m event Ella Smith also gained her first County title of the meet in the age 15 category and then went on to take a silver in the 1500m. Saturday saw the 400m and relay events take place with Karys Kapri winning the 14yr 400m Individual Medley in an epic battle which went down the last 50m Freestyle to touch first and take the victory (Karys also took bronze in the 1500m). Then, Isla Ince won the 10/11yrs 400 Freestyle event in what was her first ever individual County event. Finally, the relays saw a lot of exciting racing with the Rushmoor Royals Green Team of Francesca Pringle, Sophie Price, Jasmine Andrews and Maisie Brown winning the 12yr 4x50m Medley relay in emphatic style with the rest of the Rushmoor squad cheering (screaming!) them on from the poolside.
There were a number of other medallists over the weekend with many of the swimmers winning their first individual Hampshire County medals: Libby Gordon (3rd in 800m, 2nd in 1500m), Skye Austin-Burrows (2nd in 800m), Ruby Stewart (2nd in 400m Freestyle and Individual Medley and 3rd in the 800 and 1500m), Lauren Kendall (2nd in 800m) Matt Batchelor (3rd in 800m and 1500m), Jay Austin-Burrows (2nd in 400m Freestyle), Amelia Coldicott (3rd in 400m Freestyle). There were also medals in the relay events for the 4x50 Freestyle with Sophie Price, Francesca Pringle, Maisie Brown and Isla Ince coming 2nd in their event. Rosie Richards, Paige Austin-Burrows, Skye Austin-Burrows and Karys Kapri then won silver in the Freestyle and bronze in the Medley sprint relay events. Rosie then joined Samantha Wilson, Jessica Cross and Lauren Kendall to win bronze in the longer 4x200m Freestyle relay event. The boys were not going to be left without any medals and so Oscar Walshaw, Jay Austin-Burrows, Rhys Kapri and Finian Mcfadden took bronze in their 4x50m Freestyle relay event.
The Royals head back to the pool to continue their training in preparation for the next weekends of competition at the end of the month where they hope to bring back more medals, personal best times and great performances.