Hailsham swimmers continued their fantastic form at the final sessions of the County Championships.
Overall the team did exceptionally well, finishing sixth in the club rankings for age group points, which is a significant improvement on previous years. This demonstrates the hard work put in by all swimmers and coaching staff.
Over the three weekends of competition, Hailsham Hornets recorded over 100 personal best times and were awarded a total of 55 medals. Huge congratulations to Ben Kebbell and Nathan Pashler, along with the junior boys relay teams, for scoring points to ensure Hailsham came second best club overall in the Junior Boys Championship.
Special mention to Milly Widdop, winner of the 10 years British Age Group Category (BAGCAT) Championship award. Milly continued her top-rate performances on this final weekend of competition, gaining gold in 400m Freestyle, 200m Breaststroke, 100m and 200m Individual Medley, as well as silver in 50m and 200m Backstroke. She excelled across all events, outclassing her competition by gaining a total of 9 gold and 3 silver medals at these championships.
Brilliant swims by Ben Kebbell (15) further increased his medal total. An outstanding performance in the 400m Individual Medley saw him take gold his age group, silver in the Junior Championship and bronze in the Open Championship, in a regional qualifying time of 4.50.73. Ben also gained success in the 200m Freestyle finishing as the fastest junior boy and 15 year old. Ben racked up a total of 6 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze medals.
Frankie Lee made a big impact in the pool, bringing home bronze in the 400m Individual Medley and 50m Butterfly events. He found his form in the 200m Butterfly, reducing his personal best time by an amazing 17 seconds and finishing in silver medal position. Frankie is now ranked sixth in the 10 years age group.
A strong swim from Maddie Drury won her the 400m Freestyle title in a regional qualifying time of 4.41.34. Maddie’s superb racing form secured her 4th place in the 14 years BAGCAT points total.
Thomas Jackson (11) finished in 4th place in the overall age group points, after swimming consistently well throughout the championship sessions. A superb 15 second personal best time in the 200m Butterfly race, to secure him the silver medal.
Bethany Collins (14) performed brilliantly at these championships, gaining a total of 4 bronze medals and being placed 7th in the age group points.
Craig Steenhoff found his competitive streak in the 400m Individual Medley and 200m Butterfly. Proficient swims gained him personal bests and regional qualifying times in each of these events, along with increasing his bronze medals tally to three.
Sam Avery competed in the last race and ended on a high for Hailsham. His third medal of these championships came after an exciting 100m Backstroke final, in which he qualified second fastest. Sam powered his way to victory, taking the gold in a new personal best time of 1.07.69.
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