Hailsham’s Performance Squad competed against the top swimmers from across the county, at the recent Sussex County Championships, held at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley.
The team came away with a total of 46 medals, and 11 championship titles.
Tom Barden, 12, put in some superb performances to claim six championship titles, which saw him crowned the age group winner.
Tom blew away the competition in the 100m Butterfly event. He finished five seconds ahead of the field and recorded an amazing race time of 1.13.16, which is well within the Regional level qualification. Tom also secured silver medals in a further five races, and reached all of the finals for his age group. Hailsham were well represented in the girls 12 years age group, with three swimmers finishing within the top eight: Milly Widdop third, Maisie Thornton fifth and Maezie Lane eighth.
Milly Widdop’s determination shone as she also qualified for all event finals for her age. Brilliant Butterfly swims in the 100m and 50m distances gained her gold medals and improved race times.
Milly also collected a total of seven silver and three bronze medals. This was Maisie Thornton’s first experience of county level competition and she more then held her own. An awesome 200m Butterfly swim, in a six second personal best time, saw her finish in silver medal position.
Maddie Drury (16) made her mark in the 400m Freestyle event, winning the Junior Championship title, also claiming bronze medals in the 16 years and over age group category and the Open Championship.
A strong 200m Butterfly race secured her a silver medal in her age group and a bronze in the Junior Championship. Maddie also qualified for the Open 200m Freestyle event final, in which she sprinted to a bronze medal finish.