Medals, PBs and Club records on first weekend of 14/under Regional Championships

Catherine Ferguson

Woking swimmers headed to The K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley for the first weekend of the 14 and under South East Regional Championships, 11th/12th May.

Many of our swimmers were competing in their first regional championships, a great achievement just to qualify, as only the top 18 swimmers in the south east of England, in each age group and each event, qualify and compete together.

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Day 1 - Heats

First to swim, making her regional debut, was Debbie Marango (11/12 age group) swimming in the 200m IM and smashing her previous PB time, clocking a new club record, to reach the finals in a time of 2.41.10 ranked in 6th place. Also to swim the 200 IM, were 13 year old Sophie King, gaining 11th place in a PB of 2.38.68 and Zoe Ryan (14) claiming the 2nd final place of the day finishing 6th in a time of 2.32.36.

The next session saw the girls back in action again in 50m Free. 12-year-old Alice Lockhart, also in her regional debut, gaining 22nd place in 30.90 and Deborah Marango 9th in 30.32. The 13 year age group saw Sophie King achieve 8th place and a final spot in 29.37. Kiera Heney and Zoe Ryan were then up in the 14-year age group finishing in a time of 28.59 and 29.29 respectively, with Kiera achieving another finals place for later on.

Last heats of the day were in 100m Backstroke. Kayah Gough, Bella Hornzee, Alice Lockhart and Akane Hincape all swimming in their regional debuts in the 12-year-old age group. Kayah finished 15th in 1.15.89, Akane 19th in 1.16.66, Bella 25th 1.18.22 and Alice 27th in 1.18.36. Finally, in the 14-year age group were Kiera Heney and Zoe Ryan, with Kiera finishing just outside the finals in 11th in 1.10.68 and Zoe touching in 3rd fastest for the finals in 1.08.45. All fantastic heat swims from the young Woking swimmers, most competing in these championships for the first time.

Day 1 - Finals

Debbie Marango was up first in the 11/12 years 200IM. After a very long tiring day, Debbie managed to hold onto 7th place just outside her heat swim time of 2.41.59. A great final debut, Debbie!

Sophie King and Kiera Heney were both then up in 50m Freestyle finals. Sophie in the 13 years pulled up a ranking place, finishing in 7th place just outside her heat swim time in 29.45 secs.  Kiera in the 14 year age group finished in 7th place in a very close fought final in a time of 28.65 with only 0.3 seconds splitting 3rd to 7th place!

Last to swim was Zoe Ryan in the 14 year old 100m Backstroke final. Going into the race ranked 3rd fastest, Zoe fought valiantly and managed to steal 2nd in a time of 1.07.69. A great PB swim and a Regional silver medal so very well deserved. 

A great first day to these championships.

Day 2 - Heats

The start of Day 2 saw Debbie Marango, Sophie King and Zoe Ryan go in the 50m Breaststroke. Debbie smashed her PB and club record in a time of 37.74 gaining her 4th fastest place into the 11/12 years final. Zoe was up next finishing 33rd in a time of 38.49. Last to go was Sophie who stormed inot  the lead in her heat in a PB and new club record time of 35.50 making her the fastest qualifier for the 13 year old final.

The next event was the 200m Backstroke which saw Kayah Gough, Akane Hincapie, Zoe Ryan and Kiera Heney back in action. The girls were all in fine form. Kayah had a positive swim taking nearly 2s off her PB finishing in 15th in a fabulous time of 2.42.96. Akane took 3 secs off her PB, clocking 2.38.81 and making the 11/12 years final spot in 7th place. Zoe and Kiera also made the final in the 14 years age group finishing ranked 4th (2.28.32) and 6th (2.30.88) respectively.

The last event of the morning session was the 100m Fly where Debbie Marango finished just outside her PB in 1.15.35 in 13th place. Kiera Heney was up next completing her swim in a new PB of 1.11.42 15th place.

Day 2 - Finals

Up first was Debbie Marango in 11/12 years 50m Breast, smashing her PB and club record set in the morning heats, touching in 3rd place and gaining Bronze in a what was a very tight final in 36.99 seconds. Sophie King was next up in the 13 years final, and again in a really close finish managed to secure Gold in a new PB and club record in 35.07 seconds.

The last finals of the day were in 200m Back where all 3 swimmers retained their entry positions in very close finals. Akane in 11/12 years gained 7th in 2.41.88. Zoe and Kiera in the 14 years final gained 4th (Zoe - 2.27.29) and Kiera 6th (2.32.66).

A great finish to the first weekend.

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