03 February 2020
The second weekend of competition at the Hampshire County Swimming Championships held in Waterlooville saw the fourteen years and under ‘age group’ swimmers racing for glory. Rushmoor Royals Swimming Club fielded a team of forty-one swimmers across four sessions of racing and came home with a (swimming) hat full of medals.
“Queen of the Pool” with an amazing seven gold medals was Rosie Richards who took a clean sweep of County Championship crowns across all three distances (50m, 100m and 200m) of the breaststroke and freestyle events as well as the 200m individual medley. Breaststroke revelation of the weekend went to Maisie Brown who also became County Champion in her age group for the 100m and 200m breaststroke events. With some incredible swims that swept away all the competition posting spectacular personal best times that also broke three Rushmoor Royals club records in the process. In the younger age groups and as part of their first year of solo county competition there was double gold success for both Isla Ince (200m backstroke and breaststroke) and Rhys Kapri (100m and 200m butterfly) who promise more for future years. Francesca Pringle then followed up a gold medal as part of the relay squad in the first week of competition with her own solo title in the 100m freestyle event. This left one last gold medal for the Royals when Paige Austin-Burrows left it to the very last race of the weekend to take an emotional win in the final of the 50m butterfly.
In addition, there were other steps of the podium filled by Rushmoor swimmers with medals for Jasmine Andrews, Jay Austin-Burrows, Skye Austin-Burrows, Henry Benton, Amelia Coldicott, Zoe Falconer, Karys Kapri, Theo McFadden, Henry Manning, Sophie Price and Rowan Pun with a total of 27 swimmers achieving 146 swims in the top eight or reaching the finals. Leaving Waterlooville on Sunday night with 15 gold medals, 17 silver and 27 bronze put the club in second place (out of twenty-four clubs) in the overall points competition for the weekend.
The final days of competition takes place next weekend for the fifteen and over age groups at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth.