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Great weekend at Middlesex Level 1 Meet



Camden Swiss Cottage’s swimmers raced to five county titles, 17 gold medals and a British Championships qualifying time at the Middlesex County Level 1 Swim Meet, held at the London Aquatics Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park over the weekend of 25th/26th March.

Claiming a Senior county title was Bryce Puszet (18) who won the 200m backstroke trophy in a British Championships qualifying time of 2.09.59. Bryce also touched for a bronze in the shorter 50m event. Camden claimed the Junior 200m backstroke title as well with a victory for Jackson Olin (15). Jackson was also victorious in the 15 years 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 200m Individual Medley, adding three silvers in the 100m and 400m freestyle and 50m backstroke.

Julia Murphy (14) raced a tough schedule to finish with a total of seven medals. Julia claimed gold in the 50m and 100m backstroke, 200m Individual Medley and 100m breaststroke, adding silver to her collection in the 50m breaststroke and bronze in the 50m butterfly and 200m breaststroke.

Para-swimmer Leah O’Connell (15) showed some great time improvements to take a total of four gold medals – in the 200m Individual Medley, 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke, adding a silver in the 50m freestyle.

Now well on the road to recovery after illness Alex Borisov (16) won the Junior county titles in the 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley, adding silver medals in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and 400m individual medley. Benji Moore also had a great weekend, taking the county Junior 100m butterfly title along with silvers in the 50m freestyle, 50m and 200m butterfly and bronze in the 100m freestyle.

Lyelle Kahaner (13) powered to gold in the 50m breaststroke in the 10-14 years age group while Amir Castronovo (14) continued his solid progress with silvers in the 100m and 200m breaststroke. Maddy Hookway (18) also swam to silver in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke, taking bronzes in the 50m sprint and 200m Individual Medley while Drew Dill (15) claimed double sliver in the 100m and 200m butterfly. Other silver medals for Camden came from Ella McEver (12) in the 10-14 years 200m breaststroke and Robert Dos Santos (19) in the 400m Individual Medley.

Bronze winners at the meet for Camden were Marlie Rittenhouse (14) in the 100m butterfly, Ally Dill (15) in both the 100m and 200m butterfly, Mika Fitzpatrick-Suen (16) in the 1500m freestyle, Segev Gonen-Cohen (17) in the 400m Individual Medley and James Slade (20) in the 100m backstroke.

Top 10 finishes came from Ella McEver (12), Brandon Biss (12), Alex Chen (13), Lyellle Kahaner (13), Alexis Lambropoulos (13), Connie Bellass (14), Yasmin Biss (14), Nathalie Lustig (14), Julia Murphy (14), Marlie Rittenhouse (14), Amir Castronovo (14), Yann Divet (14), Clementine Butler Brown (15), Ally Dill (15), Drew Dill (15), Athena Lambropoulos (15), Pavle Stamekovic (15), Nirav Tomasi (15), Emma Cvetojevic (16), Celine Markantonis (16), Ennis Barnett (16), Mika Fitzpatrick-Suen (16), Tuck Moran (16), Charlie Fraser-Allen (17), Segev Gonen-Cohen (17), Natalia Kaczmarczyk (17), Ann Sophie Schmitt (17), Joe Wildiesen (17), Sissel Anderson (18), Olivia Halsted (18), Darcey Hookway (18), Alex Lezard (18), Bryce Puszet (18) and James Slade (20).

Says Head Coach Matt: "This was a target meet for us and I was pleased with how the swimmers stepped up. I felt that as a team we performed very well and had some fantastic individual performances. It was also great to see Bryce gain a British Championships time in the 200m backstroke."

After laying some great foundations, the Camden swimmers will now set their sights on the London Regional championships, which begin in May.