Chelsea swimmers exude quality and class during the Regional Champs weekend

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Personal bests, club records and English National short course qualifying times were achieved ON MASS during the London Regional Championships this weekend. Swimmers made a huge dent in the early season National rankings as well as swam skillfully to a class of their own across the Region.

Over the two day event, CWSC collated 14 medals and 11 CW club records. Two people that seemed to collect final places and medals everytime they swam were Zoe Musial and Edward Whittles. Edward swimming in finals against people 2 years his senior had a superbly consistent weekend. Excelling in his main events, the 100 IM, 200 IM and 400 IM where he finised in GOLD/SILVER and GOLD medal positions. His preferred distance over the IM discipline, the 400 IM, saw him swim a huge lifetime best to qualify 3 years young into the English shortcourse National Championships. Zoe displayed that there are more cards in her pack other than the 50/100 freestyle. The 15 year old swam personal bests in all events. Medalling in the 50 freestyle (SILVER), 50 butterfly (GOLD), 100 freestyle (SILVER), 100 backstroke (SILVER). Zoe was rarely off the podium, taking the club records in both the 50 butterfly and freestyle. The latter also being a English National short course qualifying time. 

Teammates Aryaan Din and William Rudd often went head to head in the senior finals over the weekend. Aryaan having already secured National qualification, snuck an additional qualification event in the 100 IM. William chasing National qualification suceeded in the 100/200 freestyle and 50 butterfly. William's 200 freestyle being another club record. Both swimmers have had a great few weeks training, often training next to one another to enhance their delivery. Swimming his first competition in 6 months, Pietro Lombardo ensured his first hit out made an impact - gaining 2 personal bests and 2 National qualifying times. 

Other medallists included:

Josie Surminski, transferring her distance per stroke into a BRONZE in the 200 breaststroke. 

Kamran Din who built on his tremendous season starter in Nova a few weeks ago, with more personal bests and his first Regional medal BRONZE in 100 IM and SILVER in the 50 breastroke.

Imogen Sargent who despite having a very busy schedule, raced extremely tough and was rewarded with mutiple personal bests and a SILVER in the 100 IM.

Thomasina Grove who again had a packed schedule but saved the best until last, just missing a medal in the 100IM but mastering her 50 butterfly to get BRONZE against swimmers 2 years her senior.

 

It is great to see the depth of delivery from swimmers across multiple events. Our swimmers were great role models representing the club.They showed resilience when racing event to event rather than specialising too early. As a group they were rewarded with tremendous personal bests, it's hard to name everyone but everyone deserves a lot of credit.

A special mention goes to the youngest in the competition by 2 years Veronica Venuti. Veronica remained unphased throughout racing in her highest specification event to date. Veronica raced so well that she broke the club record in the 50/100 backstroke. On the weekend, Veronica was also presented the Len Babcock trophy on behalf of Middlesex County for becoming the swimmer with the highest amount of FINA points for an 11 year old.

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