The second Hull and District Gala of 2010 was held at the Ennerdale Pool on Sunday 25th April 2010 with all but the National Squad represented from the Kingston Upon Hull Swimming Club.
The Regional Development Squad had a number of swimmers on show, with the most successful swimmer being Emily Wright, who won both the 100m IM by 12 seconds and also the 200m backstroke by a 25 second margin.
The top finish in the boys came from Tom Clark in the 200m backstroke. Tom took gold in a time of 2.19.59 which was a life time best swim.
James Rodmell won a silver medal and had a personal best swim in the 100m IM event as did Dale Booth and there were also personal best swims from Danny Brown, Zoe Webster, Emma Beadle, Cameron Ferguson and Eleanor Johnstone with Nadine Martin having a impressive top three finish in the 200 IM.
Age 1 Squad
Age 1 head coach Nick Mills must be pleased with his squad's progress. Dervla Curran won a gold medal in the 13 year girls 100m freestyle with an improved time of 1.07.08. Eva Kirkwood was celebrating winning her first gold medal in 3 years when she won the14 year girls 200 IM, knocking 6 seconds off her PB in a time of 2.41.91.
Other swimmers from the Age 1 squad in the medals included Hannah Falkinder in the 11 year girls 200m breaststroke and Emily Bailey also in the 200m breaststroke. Mia Larkin and her sister Whitney also collected top 3 finishes in their events both recording personal best times. Heidi Morris completed the medal haul for age group 1 girls when she won a silver medal in 11 years 100m butterfly taking a massive 17 seconds off her personal best time.
The boys mirrored the girl's success with Bailey Hairsine winning gold in the 11 year boys 100 fly with a PB of 1.19.61, taking 5 seconds off his best time. Nathan Greenwood won gold in 11 year boys 200m breaststroke in a time of 3.18.25. Jo-Bo Morris won silver in 13 years 200 IM taking 5 seconds off his best time. Euan Cleland also won a bronze in 12 years boys 100m butterfly event.
Age 2 Squad
Age 2 swimmers under the watchful eye of squad coach Kevin Malton, performed well for the club. In the 9 years category, Aleah Ross and Lewis Collins both gained silver medals in their respective 200m freestyle events. Aleah gained a 29 second personal best and Lewis gained a 17 second personal best time.
Also gaining medals were Emily Syddall and Kennedy Akrill in 4th and 5th place respectively. The 9 year olds also gained medals in the 25m breaststroke with Aleah coming 4th Kennedy 5th and Emily 6th with only 1 second separating them and Lewis gained a 6th place medal in the boys event.
Ben Chapman gained a silver in the 200m freestyle in a time of 3.02.15 knocking 25 seconds of his best time. Jack Woodcock gained a bronze in the 100m breaststroke. Melissa Machin gained a 4th in the 100m breaststroke and a 4th in the 200m freestyle with Leoni Bull gaining a 5th place in the 200m freestyle also knocking 19 seconds of her 100m breaststroke time but was unlucky to be disqualified.
Henry Halliday also gained impressive personal bests knocking 16 seconds off his 100m breaststroke and 13 seconds off his 200m freestyle. Alex Millington gained a personal best in the 200m freestyle by knocking 25 seconds off her time. Also gaining personal best on the day were Emma Newmarch, Luke Taylor and Logan Young.
In the 11 years category, Ellis Wilson gained a bronze medal in the 100m Butterfly also knocking 13 seconds of his 200m breaststroke but was unfortunate to be DQd. Laura Bailes gained a 12 second personal best in the 100m butterfly but was also unfortunate to be DQd whilst Abigail Malton and Alistair Clough also gained personal bests.
Age 3 Squad
This was the first Hull and District Gala for several of the Age 3 swimmers, including Hannah Bird, Molly Marritt, Natasha Clark, Emily Wilkinson and Matthew Dixon. This was also the first time many of them had swum in longer distance race.
Molly knocked 3 seconds off her personal best for 25m breaststroke in the 9 year old girls category. In the boys, Samuel Bailey achieved a Bronze medal for the 25m Breaststroke improving his time by 6 seconds. Gabriel Larkin improved his personal best for 25m breaststroke by 3 seconds in the same race.
Bradley Wilds won a Bronze medal, which was a great achievement as Bradley had lost his goggles on his dive and swam the race with them out of place. Matthew Dixon came close behind Bradley in forth position in the 200m freestyle 9-year-old event.
Everyone has worked really hard and many having competing in these particular races for the first time will be looking forward to achieving further personal best times in future.
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