Wycombe Success at Regional Championships

Simon Shaw

The 14 years and under regional championships took place over the weekends of 11th/12th and 25th/26th May at the K2 Crawley and saw Wycombe take 19 gold, 7 silver, and 5 bronze medals.

Leading the way in the boys 13 years age group was Alex Cooper winning nine gold medals in the 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1500 free, 100 and 200 fly, and 200 and 400 IM. Alex also took a further bronze medal in the 50 free along with two 4th places in the 50 and 200 breast and an 8th in the 50 fly. Following suit in the girls 14 years age group was Merissa Booth winning gold in 5 events which included the 100, 200, and 1500 free, and 200 and 400 IM. In the 400 and 800 free having fought a close battle with another swimmer from Guildford, Merissa took two silver medals in both events also adding two bronze medals from the 200 back and 50 fly.

Competing in the girls 13 years age group were Alice Weston and Becky Hayward with Alice taking gold in the 200 fly whilst Becky won gold in the 50 and 200 back. Both girls took two silver medals apiece with Alice in the 100 fly ad 400 IM, Becky’s from the 100 back and 800 free. Alice also took a further two bronze medals in the 1500 free and 50 fly, the latter of which Becky took a close 4th place. Other top 8 swims from both girls were Alice in the 200 IM (5th) and 400 free (8th), with Becky finishing 8th in the 400 IM. Also competing in this age group was Chloe Adams who PB’d in all her events to finish 5th in both the 100 and 200 breast, 7th in the 400 IM, and 8th in the 50 breast. In the boys 13 years age group Luke Poulton swam PB’s in most of his events along with finishing 4th in the 800 free, 5th in both the 400 IM and free, 6th in the 200 back, and 8th in the 200 IM.

Our final medallist from the two weekends was 12 year old Alex Moore in the 11/12 years age group, taking two gold medals in the 50 and 100 free and a silver medal in the 50 back. Alex also took two 4th place finishes in the 50 and 100 breast. Max Maleham, also 12, produced four top eight finishes in this age group with 6th in the 200 breast, 400 IM, and 400 free, and an 8th in the 200 IM along with a handful of PB’s from both boys. Competing in the girls 11/12 year age group were 12 year olds Harshika Srivastava, Maisie Dickinson, and Rubi Maleham producing seven top eight finishes, with Harshika taking three 6th places in the 200 and 400 IM, and 200 back, as well as two 7th places in the 50 breast and 200 free, whilst Maisie came 4th in the 50 free and 5th in the 200 free, all of which were big PB’s.

With very few 11 year olds competing across the two weekends our two youngest swimmers were Marcus Haigh and Annabelle Compton. Marcus competed in a variety of events with PB’s in the majority and finishing in the top 20 for four events with his highest placing in the 200 breast (12th) and a further three 14th places in the 200 IM, 200 back, and 400 free. In these events Marcus was the 2nd fastest 11 year old in the 200 breast, 200 IM and 400 free, and 3rd fastest in the 200 back. Annabelle competed in the one event, the 50 fly, where she finished 20th in the joint 11/12 year age group and was the 2nd fastest 11 year old.

We had a total of 23 swimmers qualified to represent Wycombe at the championships, which is an excellant show of strength. Other swimmers competing over the two weekends were Noah Shoukry, Levi Francisco Summers, Liam Smith and Carmelo Almadin in the boys 14 years age group. Also qualifying in this age group but unable to swim due to an injury was Harry Hawtree. Our final boy to compete was 13 year old Louis Bolton in the 400 IM taking away valuable experience for the future. Fourteen year olds Annie Oakes and Tia Lomas and 13 year olds Molly Brown and Isabel Ness contributed solid swims to what was a successful two weekends of swimming with great skills on show and staying focused on the process rather than the outcome.

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