Hailsham Swimming Club was well represented in the relay events at the recent Sussex County Championships. Facing strong competition from the county’s larger clubs, Hailsham held their own and put in some great performances.
In the boys Open Championship 100m Medley relay, Hailsham A team (Nathan Pashler, Ben Kebbell, Craig Steenhoff and James Bradley), battled hard and qualified in 5th place for the final of this event. Their determination continued into the final and they came away with the bronze. Hailsham B team (Cole Cornford, Evan Draper, Sam Avery and Joe Golding) also performed well in this event, swimming six seconds faster than their entry time and finishing in 12th place.
The 100m Freestyle event always promised to be an exciting race and Hailsham A team did not disapoint. They swam superbly with Ben Kebbell getting them off to a speedy start. A powerful second leg by Nathan Pashler moved them into 5th place, followed by a brilliant swim from Craig Steenhoffwhich advanced their further into 4th. A strong finish from Evan Draper secured them a 4th place finish and a spot in the final. The final was equally exciting with Hailsham supporters in full voice cheering them on. The boys fought hard and finished 4th overall.
In the girls Open Championship 100m Freestyle event, Hailsham A team (Jade Pithers, Maddie Drury, Molly Paulin and Bethany Collins) had a great race to come 4th in their heat and qualify for the event final. Despite their best efforts they finished in 8th place. Hailsham A team (Anna Baker, Molly Paulin, Bethany Collins and Jade Pithers) also swam well in the Medley relay, finishing 3rd in their heat and 11th overall.
Hailsham’s Junior boys A team (Ben Kebbell, Cole Cornford, Sam Avery and Nathan Pashler) also gained success at these Championships. They thoroughly deserved their place in the final of the 50m Freestyle and 50m Medley relays, after giving it their all in the qualification heats. After fantastic sprints, the boys came 4th in both of these finals.
In the girls Junior Championship Hailsham A (Maddie Drury, Emily Gadsden, Molly Paulin and Bethany Collins) swam hard for their team, just missing out on a final place in the 50m Medley relay, as they were ranked 11th overall. The girls sprinted as fast as they could to finish in 14th place in the 50m Freestyle race.
Hailsham B (Alisha Gurr, Adelaide Barden, Gemma Collins and Anna Baker), the youngest of our teams to compete, gained valuable county level swimming experience and give their all. They finished 21st in the 50m Freestyle relay and 23rd in the 50m Medley event.
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