10 February 2020
The final weekend of the Hampshire County Swimming Championships took place at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth last weekend with Rushmoor Royals swimmers from the older age groups aiming to finish the meet with more strong performances.
In the first girls’ event of the weekend Ella Smith followed up her gold medal from the first weekend of the meet to become County Champion in 200m Freestyle. Not content with that she later also took the title in the 200m backstroke event as well as medalling in a number of other events making her the Royals swimmer with the most individual medals from the Championships (10). Later in the same session Emily Price completed the first of her breaststroke triple crown as she was made County Champion in the 50, 100m and 200m events. In the next age group Izzy Buist completed the 50m and 100m ‘double’ in the backstroke event with her winning time in the 50m event a new Hampshire County Championship record. Not to be outdone Jess Cross then won the 400m individual medley also in a new County Championship record. Completing the schedule each day were the relay events with the Royals girls 16 and under squad taking both the 200m freestyle and medley relay events with the team comprising Izzy Buist, Mia Stephenson, Rosie Richards, Liv Price and Ella Smith.
Other Rushmoor swimmers that made it to the podium over the weekend were Paige Austin-Burrows, Matt Batchelor, Emily Buist, Libby Gordon, Charlie Hazell, Tash Holroyd, Andrew Hooper, Lauren Kendall, Charlie Palmer, Matt Scally, Naomi van Dongen, Zack Westhead and Sam Wilson. Perhaps most notable was Zack’s bronze in the 200m breaststroke where he set not only a new personal best time but in doing so beat the club record set by Olympian Andrew Willis in 2006, Andrew then went on to represent Great Britain in this event at both the London and Rio games.
Rushmoor Royals ended the weekend with 10 gold medals, 18 silver and 15 bronze finishing second in the points competition for the older age group events. This brought the total medal count for the whole Hampshire County Championships to 31 gold medals, 44 silver and 52 bronze as well as too many personal best times to mention and lots of strong and positive support for all their team mates.