Hailsham Hornets put on a superb display of swimming, at their second round Sussex League gala on Saturday 10th May 2014. The team travelled to the Arun Leisure Centre in Felpham, to take on Bognor and Lewes swimming clubs.
Hailsham Swimming Club outclassed the competition by winning 85% of the races, gaining a total of 47 first’s and 30 second places. Bethany Collins got the team of to a super start with a win in the 100m Individual Medley, a performance that was matched by Ben Kebbell in the following race. We are very proud of all our individual event winners: Joe Golding, Craig Steenhoff, Maddie Drury, Milly Widdop, Alisha Gurr, Macy Ring, Evan Draper, Anna Baker, Nathan Pashler, Tom Barden, Gemma Collins and Ellis Granea.
Hailsham dominated throughout and established a clear lead early on in the evening. They achieved an amazing overall result, winning the gala with a staggering 490 points, which was 202 points ahead of the second place club.
Hailsham were unbeatable in the relay events, with brilliant team performances greatly inflating their point’s total. The girls under 16 team (Maddie Drury, Molly Paulin, Bethany Collins and Anna Baker) and boys under 16 team (Sam Avery, Theo Hall, Ben Kebbell and Joe Golding), both won convincingly, almost two lengths ahead of the field.
In the girls under 14 Freestyle relay, Georgia Hobden swam a strong first leg to touch in a close second position. An amazing dive from Alisha Gurr saw her surface into first place, a lead which Amelia Evershed extended and Gemma Collins sprinted to secure the win with a length’s lead.
Fantasic Freestyle sprints from our under 12 boy’s team (Frankie Lee, Joseph Whyman, Lachlan Gower and Tom Barden) gained them the victory. In the under 12 girl’s race Macy Ring exploded off the blocks to gain a good lead, Sasha Goldsmith had a super second leg greatly increasing the winning margin, Olivia Cochran swam a brilliant 25m sprint, and Milly Widdop flew down the final length touching out in top spot.
The final squadron relay event was less tense than in previous encounters, as Hailsham’s lead had already ensured that they could not have been caught. Never theless it proved an exciting conclusion, as Hailsham Hornets outswam the others, storming into first place.
A massive well done to all that took part and contributed to Hailsham’s victory. The team now have to focus and train hard for their round 3 contest later in July, in which they hope to continue their good form.
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