Kingston Swimmers Shine at Regional NER Bagcat Championships
Kingston upon Hull swimmers returned home after a successful showing at the British Gas ASANER BAGCAT Championships held at Pond Forge Sheffield on the 4th/5th and 11th/12th June. The club had 24 representatives in finals and went on to achieve a medal haul to include 1 gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze.
4 further National qualifying times were achieved by Dervla Curran in the 100, 400 and 800 Free and 400 Individual Medley.
Day 1 saw Dervla Curran claim the silver medal in the Girls 13 years 400 IM in a time of 5:18.60 gaining her National time. Bailey Hairsine came within a second of his 200 fly National time and was just tipped into 4th place with a time of 2:37.22, a 13 second personal best. Emily Bailey came close to her National qualifying time in the 12 years 100 backstroke finishing 7th with a time of 1:13.45. Dervla Curran then rounded off the day’s medal hall with gold in the girls 13 years 200 free in a time of 2:11.35. Other finalists included Shannon McGahey girls 12 years 400 IM 5:49.70 (10th) Tom King boys 11 years 200 fly 2:57.24 (5th) and Jace Cappleman girls 13 years 200 free 2:20.22 (10th)
Day 2 continued from where day 1 finished. In the longer distance events Kingston continue to show their class. Dervla Curran claimed her second National time of the meet in the girls 13 years 800 free in a time of 9:33.68 taking 4th place. Times posted by the girls 4 x 100 (4:19.44) and 4 x 200 metres (9:19.75) freestyle team saw the Kingston upon Hull team finish 3rd and 4th respectively. Excellent swims from Amy Beadle, Dervla Curran, Jace Cappleman and Shannon McGahey have qualified the teams for this summer National Championships.
Although no further medal positions were gained, Kingston swimmers continued to qualify for finals. Tom King boys 11 years 400 IM 5:54.39 (4th), Shannon McGahey girls 12 years 200 fly 2:48.62 (7th), Will Dennis boys 13 years 100 back (8th), Oche Igoche boys 14 years 100 back 1:05.79 (4th), Tom King boys 11 years 200 free 2:31.77 (5th) and Oche Igoche boys 14 years 200 free 2:13.13 (10th)
Day 3 the first podium position of the day was taken by Dervla Curran in the girls 13 years 400 free. Dervla claimed the silver medal in a time of 4:35.15 as well as her 3rd National time. Tom King quickly followed with a bronze medal in the boys 11 years 100 free in a time of 1:07.15 as did Oche Igoche in the boys 14 years 100 free in a time of 56.97. Tom King then stepped up in another final to take the bronze medal in the boys 11 years 200 IM in a time of 2:45.96. Darcey Hambly swam an excellent race in the girls 10 years 400 free finishing 4th just outside the medal positions in a time of 5:24.13. Other finalists include Dervla Curran girls 13 years 200 breaststroke 3:02.94 (10th)
Day 4 saw Kingston swimmers gain 2 further medals. Dervla Curran finished 3rd in the girls 13 years 100 free (1:01.54) and gaining another National qualifying time. Dervla followed this up with another bronze medal placing in the girls 13 years 200 IM (2:30.99), just missing out National time by the smallest margin. Other finalists include Will Dennis boys 13 years 400 free 4:49.39 (8th), Jace Cappleman girls 13 years 100 free 1:04.52, Tom King boys 11 years 100 fly 1:18.34 (5th) and Emily Bailey Girls 12 years 200 back 2:37.86 (8th).
Congratulations to Amy Beadle, Jace Cappleman, Dervla Curran, Emily Bailey, Shannon McGahey, Bailey Hairsine, Danny Stone, Will Dennis, Will Maddrell, Whitney Larkin, Yasmin Brown, Oche Igoche, Tom King who all competed at this event.