Weekend 2 of the 14/U South East Regional Championships

Day 1

Another bright and early start for the Woking swimmers and coaches at K2 in Crawley and what a start!

Hendrik van der Leest was on fine form again today, smashing his PB by 3 seconds in the 200 IM to book his place in the final, where he finished a magnificent 5th overall. He then took a slice off his 50m Freestyle and 100m back times during the heats and booked final slots for both events.  He was rewarded with a 4th place finish in a close 100m back race in a time of 1:04.03.  Well done Hendrik!

Zoe Ryan and Kiera Heney swam solid 50m backstroke races against tough opposition. Charlie Wale and Zoe Ryan were in action again and swam great races in the 200m fly and 200m breast respectively.

Danel Jansen and Kiera Heney put in storming swims in their 100m freestyle races with Kiera taking a second off her PB and going into the final, where she smashed her heat time again, placing 5th in a time of 1:02.19.

The last day of this year’s championships dawns tomorrow…congratulations to all the swimmers so far.

Day 2

The final day of this year’s Southeast regional championships dawned with a heavy rain shower at K2 in Crawley.

A very busy first session saw a number of Woking swimmers competing. Josh Thompson kicked off proceedings with a fantastic 1.5 second PB in the 50m Breaststroke, just missing out on the final slots. Great swim, Josh.

Hendrik van der Leest commenced his final day of regional racing this year with a blistering start in the 200m Backstroke heat which paid off to win him his heat, giving him a 2.5 second PB, a slot in the finals and more importantly a Woking club record swim of 2.16:53 and a fantastic 5th place overall in the final. Huge congratulations to Hendrik! Zoe Ryan & Kiera Heney attacked the 200m Freestyle race with passion, with Kiera swimming a spectacular PB of almost 3 seconds of 2.16:03 and finishing 7th overall in the finals. Great swimming Kiera!

Charlie Wale and Hendrik both swam strongly in the 100m Butterfly heats against strong competition.

Sophie King wowed the crowd, swimming out on her own in the heat to book her place in the final with a 3 second PB of 1.25:86. Huge congratulations go to Sophie in her first of what will, we’re sure, be many appearances here at the Regionals.

So, as the South East Regional finals 2018 draw to a close, we wish all of the swimmers who qualified for these championships a massive WELL DONE, an accomplishment in itself and, as ever, they conducted themselves with typical Woking SC integrity and sportsmanship.