Hailsham swim stars take their chance to shine

Hailsham swimmers
Hailsham swimmers

Hailsham Swimming Club dominated at the Littlehampton ‘Last Chance Qualifier’ Open Meet, held at the Arun Leisure Centre in Felpham. Everyone excelled and the club came away with 22 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze medals, as well as many personal best times.

This event provided an opportunity to gain regional level qualification times. Frankie Lee (10) grabbed this chance, swimming a brilliant 100m Butterfly race and gaining the regional time required and a silver medal. He also attained gold medals in 200m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley and bronze in 100m Freestyle. Evan Draper (18) achieved two additional regional times in 200m Individual Medley and 100m Butterfly, and took away a gold and silver medal for these events. This takes Hailsham’s regional qualifiers to a total of 54 events.

Craig Steenhoff (31), Joe Golding (13) and Bethany Collins (14) greatly contributed to Hailsham’s medal total, by attaining a top 3 placing in all events they entered. Craig came away with 8 gold’s and personal best times in 50m and 100m Backstroke. Joe came first in the 200m Backstroke, and secured silver in 200m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke events. Bethany took gold in 50m and 100m Freestyle, silver in 50m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle and bronze in 100m Backstroke.

A superb swim from Maezie Lane (10) in the 100m Backstroke enabled her to gain her first gold medal. Maezie also attained a third place finish in 100m Breaststroke.

Well done to all Hailsham’s medallist’s: Sam Avery(13) two gold and one bronze, Adelaide Barden (14) one gold and one bronze, Tom Barden (11) one silver and two bronze, Gemma Collins (12) and Georgia Hobden (13) one bronze, Maddie Drury (14) one gold and one silver, Amelia Evershed (13) two bronze, Sasha Goldsmith (11) and Alisha Gurr (12) one silver, Nathan Pashler (16) one gold, one silver and one bronze and Macy Ring (11) one gold and two bronze.

Congratulations to Ruby Gower (9), Lachlan Gower (11) and Jools Lee (9) on competing in their first open meet gala. Ruby came 5th in 50m Freestyle in a new personal best time. Lachlan achieved 5th in 200m Freestyle, improving his race time by a fantastic 12 seconds, and 6th in 100m Freestyle. Jools had an amazing 200m Freestyle race, taking the gold in a 28 second personal best and a bronze in the 50m Freestyle.