Impressive Age Groupers Sign off London Regions with Huge Medal Haul

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Carrying through the momentum from last weekend, all age groupers were excited to see what the second weekend of racing would bring at Crystal Palace. The 'stage' may not have been as glamourous as the London 2012 Olympic venue, however the swimmers shone brightly bringing their own light across the pool.

The campaign started with 11 year old Veronica Venuti who stood out in the first session. Veronica finalled in the 100 backstroke a year young in her age group category. Swimming a huge personal best, Veronica's determination carried her through to winning silver amongst a mainly 12 year old age group field. The effort and fight set the rest of the team up for a great weekend. 

In one of her preferred events, Lavinia Ricca established herself as the best 13 year old IM swimmer in the London Region. Lavinia who has worked hard on her butterfly this season to ensure she is amongst the field after the first 50, swam to gold in the 200 IM. This gold now adds to last weekends 400 IM gold and edges Lavinia closer to English National rankings in the events. In addition, Lavinia is getting closer and closer to the 2010 club record.

CWSC success across the medley events was clear across both weekends. Team mates Victoria Bunimovich and Veronica Venuti battled out for what ended in a 0.04 difference between 3rd + 4th in the 11/12 years 200 IM. Victoria holding off Veronica on the freestyle leg to guarantee her place on the podium. A similar battle was held in the boys 200 IM between Mehmet Zeren and Henry Gray. An event that was won by Edward Whittles, CWSC actually had 2 swimmers on the podium with Mehmet finishing third. Similar to Lavinia, Edward has proved he is the best IM swimmer in the Region by collecting gold in both the 200 IM and 400 IM. Edward will head to British Nationals in both events a year young for his age.

Henry and Edward continued to show great strength throughout the whole weekend - breaking personal bests by seconds, but also hitting podium finishes. The boys were both on the podium in the 200 + 400 freestyle collecting bronze, silver and gold medals. Their level of application to their processes proved victorious across these events, with both finishing their events strong and racing to the very last stroke. 

Other medalists and club record breakers included Adrien Durantel, Josie Surminski and Thomasina Grove. Adrien had a huge 100 backstroke swim which launched himself into the final in the 100 backstroke. Taking off a further second between heat and final, Adrien broke a 2010 club record.

Both Josie and Thomasina picked up gold medals in their number one strokes. Trying to race smart and tactically prevailed for both girls and they both kept their cool going into the final in pole position, delivering to reach the top of the podium. 

Across all three London Region weekends our swimmers displayed courage, depth and resilience. Their efforts and application were inspiring - a huge well done to all that competed.  Thank you to the swimmers, parents and coaches for a united and consistent approach aspiring towards daily performance. We now continue training looking ahead to the summer championships.

Photos represent Edward and Veronica, the selection of medalists from day 1 + 2, and Edward and Mehmet. 

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