Club Championship Gala 1 2014
Ennerdale Leisure Centre, Hull
Saturday 25th January 2014

The first Club championships of 2014 for Kingston upon Hull swimming club saw yet another large number of entries.


Regional Squad


The first race of the championships was the girls 200 Individual medley. 13 year old Darcey Hambly had a good gala, she was using this gala as preparation for the Yorkshire championships and went on to compete in the girls 200m freestyle and 50m breaststroke. Also competing the girls 200m IM were Ellie McKay, 16, and Natasha Clark, 14. In the boys 200 individual medley, brothers Karmand and Kaso Kareem both battled with each other, with Kaso just coming out in front by the smallest of touches, in a time of 2.41:14. Karmand Kaso took a 3rd place in the 100 fly.

The next event was the 100m butterfly and senior swimmer James Rodmell was swimming in his last gala, before bringing down the curtain on his competitive swimming career after an amazing 18 years and 300 swim meets. He was swimming before most of the swimmers in this meet where even born. He duly bowed out in style by taking a gold in the 14 years and over fly event, he also took silver in the 200m freestyle and 50m breaststroke. The outstanding commitment and dedication James has shown to swimming over the last 18 years is a credit to him.

In the girls 100 fly Amy Greenacre, 14, produced a 4 second personal best. It was Madeleine Tait, 13 first time swimming the 100m fly and produced a time of 1:40.00. Natalie Moon, 13, also getting used to the 100m fly, produced a solid swim.


National Squad


15 year old Hannah Willingham walked away with four medals from four races to complete a highly successful gala. She took gold in the 200m IM and 50m breaststroke races, and then went on to swim to a silver medal in the 200m frontcrawl. She rounded off the day with a magnificent 5 second PB and a further silver for the 100m butterfly in a time of 1:13.66.

14 year old Melissa Machin swam to gold in the 200m frontcrawl in a time of 2:20.62 and followed this up with silver and a Yorkshire qualifying time for the 200m IM. She then went on to gain a bronze medal in the 100m butterfly. 15 year old Elliot Stephenson competed in three races after sustaining an injury, but still managed to take gold in the 200m frontcrawl and gain a 2 second PB in the 100m butterfly. 14 year old Will Costello achieved a Yorkshire qualifying time of 2:35.72 for the 200m IM and then improved upon another in the 200m frontcrawl swimming, finishing in 2:15.76.



Junior A Squad


Alex Stringer, 14, was swimming in her first ever Kingston club gala and she took half a second off her 100m butterfly taking first place in the 14 and over age group, coming in second place was Emma Newmarch, 14, who swum 3 out of 4 PBs, and in her 100m fly she took off a staggering 12 seconds. Zeita Tootle, 13, took silver in the 100m fly with a 6 second PB and bronze in the 200m freestyle with a 4 second improvement. Hollie Verity, 13, swum a 1.5 second PB in the 200m IM and a 9 second PB in the 100 fly. Aleah Ross, 13, collected three gold medals in the 200 IM, 200 free and 50 breast and 4th in the 100 fly. Emily Wilkinson, 13, achieved a five second PB in her 50m breast.

Liam Spence, 13, took 2 seconds off his 200m IM and 1 second off his 200m free. Lewis Collins, 12, took gold in all four of his races 50m breast and the 200m IM; he also achieved two PBs in the 200m free with a 4 second improvement and knocked 3 seconds off his 100m fly time. Jake Conlon, 13, got an impressive 10 second PB in his 100m butterfly, and a further 3 sec PB in the 200m IM. He also took home 3 silver medals.


Junior B Squad


12 year old Callum Wright continued to make improvements. He took 2 seconds off in the 50m breaststroke, and his 6 second personal best swim in the 200m freestyle saw him take the bronze medal place. It was 7 seconds off in the 200m individual medley to take the bronze in a time off 2.55. Then in the 100m butterfly he took the silver medal with a 4 second personal best.

11 year old Elizabeth Hawkard continued her good form claiming 4 medals. It was bronze with a new personal best in the 50m breaststroke. Elizabeth swam her way to a 4 second personal best time of 2.48.37 in the 200 im to scoop the bronze medal. She then claimed a 3rd bronze medal in 200m freestyle going under 2.30 in a 25m pool for the first time. In Elizabeth’s favourite event, 100m butterfly, she swam her way to the gold medal.

11 year old Jolie Bull continued to put her hard work in training to use. She swam a new personal best time in the 100m butterfly and 50m breaststroke, but it was the 200m individual medley where Jolie shone, knocking 10 seconds off her previous time and really racing every stroke. 11 year old Ruby Willingham put good swims in in all her events to gain 4 new personal best times.

12 year old Eddie Scott swam all personal best, and it seemed like 5 was his lucky number. Eddie took 5 seconds of his, 50m breast, and 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley. His new personal best time in 100m butterfly saw him claim the bronze medal.


Junior C Squad


The 200 IM& 200m freestyle seemed to be a favorite amongst the junior C boys, with Ryan Porter, 10, Benjamin Shipley, 11, and Benjamin Massam, 11, gaining PBs in these two events. Ryan also managed a spectacular PB in the 50m breaststroke, taking him down to 54.46, and Benjamin Shipley slashed his time in the 100m butterfly.

The girls put in a sterling performance too, with Shona Thurston, 11, going home with a smile and 3 PBs in the 200IM, 200 freestyle and 50m breaststroke. Hollie McMullen added to the team effort with an amazing 8 second reduction on her 200 IM time.