Hailsham Swimming Club got off to a flying start to this season’s Sussex League, winning their first round gala in division two, by a clear 33 points.
The Hornets outclassed the competition from visiting swimming clubs Chichester and Beacon, at the gala they hosted at Bedes School, Upper Dicker, on Saturday 26th April 2014.
The whole team performed brilliantly, gaining enough points to see them lead throughout the evening. Overall a total of 63 top three finishes were achieved, including 31 first places.
Girls Captian Maddie Drury (14), Bethany Collins (14), Ben Kebbell (15) and Boys Captain Sam Avery (13) had an extremely busy evening and contributed massively to the team points total by swimming muliptle races in the under 16 age group.
Ben swam brilliantly to comfortably win all 5 of his individual races and Maddie powered her way to victory in 4 events, recording many personal best times. Ben also made an impact in the boys under 16 Freestyle relay, sprinting a superb final leg, to take them from 3rd to 1st place.
Joe Golding (13) left the competiton standing in the under 14 age group, to finish in top spot in 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly, 50m Breaststroke and 100m Individual Medley. Strong swims by Milly Widdop (10) gained her 1st place finishes in the 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle races. Congratulations to our other individual race winners: Frankie Lee, Craig Steenhoff, Evan Draper and Gemma Collins.
Brilliant relay results helped boost Hailsham’s points total, and increased the noise levels in the pool as Hailsham spectators found their voices to help support the Hornets.
The under 12 girls maintained a 100% record, winning both the Freestyle and Medley relays. In the Medley event Macy Ring lead them into top position with a great Backstroke leg and Maesie Lane kept ahead of the field on the Breaststroke. Milly Widdop pulled away on the Butterfly length and Sasha Goldsmith sprinted home to take first.
Well done to our under 14 boys team, Ellis Granea, George Gadsden, Frankie Lee and Joe Golding, on their comfortably win in the 4 x 50m Freestyle relay.
The boys open age group squad gained first in the Freestyle race, with Nathan Pashler getting off to a strong start. Craig Steenhoff’s excellent sprint pushed them up into the lead, which James Bradley and Evan Draper built on to secure the win.
The squadron relay was the final event of the evening and provided an exciting conclusion to the gala. The whole place erupted when Hailsham stormed ahead of the other teams, and gained the final points of the evening.
There was a fantastic atmosphere and team spirit, as a number of swimmers were required to swim up an age group to ensure the club was represented in all events. Congratulations to everyone that took part, especially Olivia Cochran and Joseph Whyman, as this was their first competitive gala outside of our club. All swimmers and supporters are looking forward the next league encounter in Bognor on 10th May, in which Hailsham hope to continue their winning form.