Hailsham swimmers fly at Welsh Summer Nationals

Milly Widdop, Ben Kebbell and Craig Steenhoff
Milly Widdop, Ben Kebbell and Craig Steenhoff

Three of Hailsham’s swim stars participated in the Welsh Summer National Championships, from 2nd to 8th August, held at the Wales National Pool in Swansea.

The trio made the long trip west thoroughly worth while, with proficient performances in the pool. They collectively competed in 18 events, across four days of these Championships.

Hailsham’s first medal win came after an amazing 200m Breaststroke swim, by 11 year old Milly Widdop. Milly went into the event seeded 10th, but a determined swim in the heats saw her qualify comfortably into the final, in a 9 second personal best. The final proved equally as exciting as the heats, with only a finger tip between 2nd and 3rd place. After swimming even faster than earlier in the day, Milly attained the bronze medal in a time of 3.05.53. Milly also achieved a 6th place finish in the 800m Freestyle, improving her race time by 28 seconds, 9th in the 50m Butterfly, only marginally missing out on a final place, and 11th in the 50m Freestyle.

Ben Kebbell (15) battled hard in the 50m Breaststroke to earn a place on the medal podium. Ben qualified for the final in 5th position, but an outstanding sprint saw him move up the rankings and take the bronze, in an improved race time of 33.19. Ben also made it into the final of the 200m Breaststroke, in which he gained a 4th place finish, in a new club record of 2.37.67. Ben attained personal best times in all of the 7 events that he entered and achieved a 10th place finish in 100m Backstroke and 400m Individual Medley, 11th place in 200m Individual Medley, 12th in 200m Backstroke and 16th in 50m Butterfly.

Craig Steenhoff (31) proved that he still has what it takes to compete at the top level, after excellent performances earned him a place in three Butterfly event finals. A top class swim in the 100m heat gained Craig a 2nd position ranking going into the final. Craig improved on his race time from earlier in the day, and finished in 4th place overall, in a time of 1.01.36. He was also successful in the 200m Butterfly race, to again achieve 4th place, as well as 8th in the 50m sprint. A determined swim in the 100m Backstroke saw Craig make his 4th final, in which he finished in 6th place. Craig had a thoroughly successful four days of racing, also finishing in 9th in the 200m Backstroke, 12th in the 200m Individual Medley and 15th in the 50m Freestyle.

Congratulations to all three swimmers for their amazing high level achievements.

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