Last weekend Hailsham Swimming Club faced their toughest opponents to date, in their third Sussex League gala of the season.
They took on Worthing and league leaders Littlehampton, whose larger and more experienced squad racked up too many points for Hailsham to catch.
It was close throughout the evening between Worthing and Hailsham, as they fought it out, race for race, to try and achieve second place overall.
Hailsham battled hard but despite some great individual racing and relay performances they were unable to gain the points needed to make it three wins out of three, and had to settle for third on this occasion. Special congratulations go to 10-year-old Frankie Lee for overcoming his nerves and taking part in his first competitive gala.
The older boys in the squad attained five first places, including maximum points in the relay events – well done to Callum Avery, Craig Steenhoff, Marcus Tyson and Nathan Pashler.
Maddison Drury also took maximum points in the under 16 100m Butterfly race, along with the under 14 boys Theo Hall and Sam Avery in the 50m butterfly and backstroke events.
The Hailsham team left with smiles and heads held high.
Pictured: Hailsham Hornets Sussex League swimming team