Club Championship 4 Report
Ennerdale Leisure Centre
Saturdary 19th May 2012

It was back to Hull for most of the Kingston upon Hull swimming club as they held their fourth club championships of the year. With the swimmers keen to impress on their home patch and also looking to gain regional qualifying time and warm up for their forthcoming open meet which is to be held in July.

All is golden for 11 year old Lewis Collins at the moment, and once again he came away with a full house at the recent Club Gala. An impressive swim in the 200m IM saw him achieve a 12 year olds Yorkshire Qualifying time, swimming 2:55.75. A further two first places for the 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle was rounded off by a 4 second pb and his fourth gold of the day in the 200m Breaststroke.

13 year old Hannah Willingham wasn’t far behind in the medal stakes; walking away with three gold and silver. In the 200m Breaststroke she took the honours with a 3:07.32, a six second pb. Further gold’s for the 200m IM and 50m Butterfly and silver for the 100m Freestyle capped a highly successful outing. 12 year old Tom King continued a string of recent outstanding performances by bagging four medals from four races. In the 200m IM he gained a 6 second pb in a time of 2:32.49 for his first gold, backed this up with 1st place finishes for the 100m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly and ended the day with silver in the 200m Breaststroke.

Darcey Hambly swimming in the 12 year old age group continued her recent run of strong performances, gaining silver medals in the 200m IM and 50m Butterfly and bronze for the 200m Breaststroke and 100m Freestyle. Megan Baterbee (11) took silver and gained an impressive 7 second pb for the 200m IM in a time of 3:13.16 and then claimed a second silver for the 50m Butterfly. Jake Conlon (11) made some impressive improvements to his times; posting 14 second pb’s for the 200m Breaststroke and 200m IM, gaining a silver and bronze respectively. He then went on to take a bronze for his 100m Freestyle, achieving a 9 second pb.

14 year old Elliot Stephenson swam to a silver medal in the 200m Breaststroke and recorded improvements on his personal best times in his other races. Sophie Holdsworth (14) took bronze in the 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle. Melissa Machin gained a 5 second pb for the 200m IM and a third place finish; She then went on to match her achievement in the 50m butterfly. Laura Bailes (13) came away with a massive 14 second pb for the 200m Breaststroke and improvements on her personal best times for her other two races. 12 years old Jack Woodcock gained an impressive 7 second pb for his 200m IM, took 3 seconds off his best for the 50m Butterfly and still have the energy to swim 1:09.25 for the 100m freestyle.

The Age Group Two displayed their skills to good effect in Club Championship 4. Hollie Verity got the ball rolling with the first in a clean sweep of medals, claiming bronze in opening event of the day, finishing the girls’ 200m (11 years and under category) in 3:14.62 to set a 5 second personal best. Ruby Willingham also performed well in this event as the 9 year-old set a 6 second personal best to finish in 3:42.01. Both girls followed these performances by smashing their best times in the 100m freestyle, Ruby finishing in 1:29.34 an improvement of 26 seconds and Holly’s time (1:19.62) was a 15 second improvement as she collected a second bronze of the afternoon, Hannah Bird, competing in the same event, set a 7.24 personal best time by finishing the race in 1:32.08. Hannah built on this improvement by comprehensively beating her best 50m butterfly time by 7.99 seconds, finishing in 51.87 seconds; Hollie upgraded her two bronze medals to a silver in this event as she shaved a second off her personal best to finish second in 41.09, missing out on a gold by just two tenths of a second.

In the boys’ events Ethan Kingdom beat his 100m freestyle time by 7 seconds, recording a new best of 1:21.25 and in his first time competing in the 50m butterfly set a creditable time of 48.29 seconds. Having been recently promoted to the Age Group Two squad, 10 year-old Alex Everson performed brilliantly to beat his 100m freestyle best by 16 seconds, finishing in 1:28.40, but saved his best for the last event of the championship as he set a Yorkshire qualifying time for the first time in the 50m butterfly as he finished as the highest ranked 10 year old in 4th, narrowly missing out on a third place medal, in 42.97 seconds.

To kick start the gala for age group 3 we saw the 100m IM, in the girls, Iyanna Purdy took gold gaining a 5 sec pb, Libby Hannard, Silver with a 6 sec pb and Anna Rogerson gained the Bronze medal in her first competitive gala.

Then came the boys Joshua Wormald gained Gold with a 3 sec pb, Cameron Offen, Silver with a 6 sec pb and Jack Massam, Bronze with an impressive 16 second pb.

In the Girls 100m Freestyle, good performances were seen by all the girls, The Boys also put in great performances, Cameron Offen gained a 10 sec pb and good times were seen by Ben Shipley, Alex Barker, Nathan Porter and Jack Massam.

Next was the 200m Girls Breaststroke, Iyanna Purdy took silver with a huge personal best of 34 seconds, Anna Rogerson and Libby Hannard also got good timings.

Then we saw the boys 200m Breaststroke, Joshua Wormald gained a silver medal, Cameron Offen gained his 3rd pb of the day knocking an impressive 24 seconds off his previous time. Good performances were also seen by Jack Massam and Ben Shipley.

The tadpole races saw a fantastic turnout with 47 entries for both events. In the freestyle races the girls 7 and under was won by Annie Lyon in a personal best time of 22.16, Tayla Ross came in a close 2nd also with a PB and Eva Lowery was 3rd. The 8 and over girls was won by Sophie Scott in a time 17.70, Olivia Braimbridge 2nd and Alix Lee 3rd.

The boys freestyle 7 and under was won by Evan Offen in a personal best time of 24.05 with Isaac Blain 2nd and Spencer Webb 3rd. The 8 and over race was won by Lewis Taylor, Ryan Porter 2nd and Olivier Igoche 3rd.

The girls backstroke 7 and under was won by Kaci Hope in a personal best time of 27.10, with Annie taking 2nd place and Tayla 3rd. The 8 and over saw Sophie take another gold in a personal best time of 21.09, with Lauren Barlow getting 2nd and Maisie Foster 3rd.

In the boys 7 and under backstroke, Evan, Isaac and Spencer finished in the same order as the freestyle with all 3 boys achieving personal best times. The 8 and over was won Ben Massam with Ryan 2nd and James Tether 3rd.

It seems a long time since the Regional squad raced in their own pool but it was well worth the wait. Swimming in the club championship 4, pb’s tumbled as well as qualification times for the 2012 Yorkshires Winter championship.

In the girls 200 IM 14 and over Emma Beadle (3rd ) secured a Yorkshire time with a two second pb, 17 year old Natalie Moon produced a 7 second pb.

In the boys 200 IM 12/13 age group Rewa Mardan (12) and Ben Chapman (12) made big strides forward with a 6 sec pb for Rewa a YQT, and Ben a 9 sec pb. In the 14y and over Joe Morris secured gold, a pb and an YQT, second was Connor Downes; younger brother Fionnbhar Downes was 3rd in an YQT.

In the girls 100m freestyle Emma and Zoe secured their places in the winter Yorkshires with two fine swims, Emma taking 2nd place. In the boys 100m freestyle Rewa and Ben Chapman secured their Yorkshire qualifying times. In the 14 and over race it was all regional swimmers with James Rodmell continued to improve and took a gold medal with an impressive time of 56.66, 2nd went to Aaron Arksey, 3rd Joe Morris, 4th went to Hesh Mardan securing his first YQT, Fion and Connor also booked their place at the winter Yorkshires championship. Ever improving Ben Annis produced a 4 second pb only to miss out by .6 of a sec on a qualifying time.

It was Joe Morris that dominated the boys 200 breast stroke taking gold with ease. The final race was the 50m fly in the girls 14 and over, competing were Emma, Jess, Eleanor and Sarah. In the boys fly there was going to be only one winner, James Rodmell, who eased to the gold medal in a time of 28.87 which was a good warm up for the Hull open meet. It was all so close for the other places, with it going to Hesh (2nd) by .07 of a second from Fionbhar (3rd).