With a record number of swimmers qualifying for events at this year’s Sussex County Championships, the Hailsham swim team is predicted to make a big impact in pool, over the next few weeks of competition.
Hailsham Hornets had a fantastic start to their County Championship swimming campaign on Sunday 24th February, as they competed in the long course distance events, held at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley.
The boys endured a long 1500m race. Ben Kebbell (15) excelled himself to gain silver medals in his age group and the junior championship, as well as bronze in the overall open championship. Thomas Jackson (11) swam superbly taking the bronze in his age group. Thomas smashed his personal best time by 25 seconds, finishing in a time of 21.17.66. Strong swims from Joe Golding and Sam Avery gained them 5th and 8th place rankings.
The girls competed in a tough 800m event. Maddison Drury (14) went the distance, powering her way to top spot in a time of 9.59.29. She took the gold medal in her age group, and finished 6th place in the junior championship. Well done to Bethany Collins (14), who had a great race and finished in 4th position. A strong swim by Sasha Bradley gained her an 8th place ranking, in the 12 years age group. Congratulations to Sasha Goldsmith (11) for over-coming her nerves and competing in her first County Championship race. Milly Widdop was the only ten year old to take part in this event, and although she was only able to swim for a time and race experience, she did not disappoint. Milly had a brilliant swim and improved her race time by 10 seconds.
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