Hailsham claim 11 Sussex County titles

Hailsham Hornets county qualifiers
Hailsham Hornets county qualifiers

Hailsham swimmers excelled in the second phase of the Sussex County Championships last weekend. The team collectively gained 11 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze medals. All of our swimmers achieved personal best race times and have made the club’s supporters and coaching staff extremely proud.

Excellent swims by Milly Widdop, Maddie Drury, Joe Golding, Ben Kebbell, Evan Draper and Craig Steenhoff attained them an amazing total of 21 regional qualifying times between them. Congratulations to Macy Ring, Frankie Lee, Tom Barden and Maezie Lane on competing in their first Sussex Counties.

Frankie Lee (10) got the team off to a flying start with a 14 second personal best in the 400m Freestyle event, which earned him the bronze medal. Frankie continued swimming superbly across the weekend and gained a further bronze in the 100m Individual Medley and silver in the 200m Individual Medley, in an improved race time of 3.01.51.

Milly Widdop (10) excelled in all events, setting new personal best race times. She is currently leading the 10 years age group point’s competition, after picking up 6 medals. Milly’s first gold came after an exciting final in the 50m Breaststroke race, where she took top spot from the first seed. She went on to gain gold medals in the 200m Freestyle, 400m Individual Medley, 50m and 200m Butterfly, as well as silver in the 50m Freestyle,.

Sam Avery (13) found his form in the backstroke races, taking gold in the 200m distance in an improved race time of 2.31.47. A superb swim in the 50m event earned him a well-deserved silver medal.

Maddie Drury (14) stormed her way to victory against tough competition in the 200m Freestyle, to take gold. She also went on to win the 200m Butterfly event, in a new personal best time of 2.41.46, and collected a silver medal in the 400m Individual Medley. Strong butterfly swims by Bethany Collins (14) secured her bronze medals in the 200m and 50m events. Both girls are doing well to date in the 14 years age group championship, with Maddie in first and Bethany in second place.

Ben Kebbell (15) put in brilliant performances over the weekend of racing and was greatly rewarded for his efforts. Ben achieved gold medals in 100m and 200m Individual Medley and 200m Backstroke, setting new personal best times in each race. Ben also secured silver medals in 40m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke and bronze medals in 100m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly.

The Hailsham A boys relay team (Craig Steenhoff, Nathan Pashler, Ben Kebbell and James Bradley), came away with a third place finished in the 4 x 100m Medley relay.

In the club rankings so far, Hailsham are holding their own against the bigger clubs in the county, currently standing in 4th Place in the Open and Junior Championship table and 7th in the age group championship points. Hailsham Hornets are aiming to continue their good form in the final phase of the championships on 15th and 16th March.

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