Brilliant swims for Hailsham Hornets at Brighton

Hailsham Hornets with new Head Coach Paul Wood.
Hailsham Hornets with new Head Coach Paul Wood.

Hailsham Hornets swim stars excelled at the Tom Handley Memorial Open Meet, in Brighton, last weekend.

The team finished sixth in the overall club rankings, against 22 swimming clubs, most of which are greater in size, covering Sussex and surrounding counties. This was a fantastic acheivement for our 12 competitors, with many picking up trophies and personal best times.

Congratulations to 11 year old Macy Ring on gaining her first county qualifiying time.

She had a brilliant 100m Backstroke swim, finishing in a new personal best time of 1.25.88. Well done also to Tom Jackson who qualified for five events at county level.

The weekend was very sucessful for Joe Golding (12). He stormed his way to second place in the 100m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley. Super swims in the 100m Butterfly and Backstroke events gained him third place finishes and additional county times.

Hailsham were well represented in the boys 15 years and over category. Great swims gained Nathan Pashler, Ben Kebbell, Cole Cornford and Evan Draper a collection of county times. Craig Steenhoff (31),

who also has a lead coaching role at the club, swam an impressive 200m Butterfly race, blowing away the competition to take first. Craig finished top of this category in 200m Backstroke and 100m Butterfly.

He also swam a personal best time in the 100m Backstroke to gain third place. Craig’s performances were inspirational, to still be able to make an impact against the county’s top swimmers.

Milly Widdop (10) made her mark, with an outstanding 200m Breaststroke swim. Milly took gold, smashing her personal best time to achieve Regional level qualification in this event, in a time time of 3.16.50. Milly also gained silver in the 200m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke, as well as bronze in 50m Freestyle.

Maddie Drury (14) collected a trio of trophies, taking first in 200m Freestyle, second in 100m Freestyle and third in 200m Butterfly races.

Superb swams over both days of this competition enabled Sam Avery (13) to attain county times in all six of the events he entered. Sam achieved a silver place finish in the 100m Breaststroke and bronze in 100m Backstroke.

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