Hull Easter Open Meet 2014
Ennerdale Leisure Centre, Hull
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th April 2014

The Club held its 2nd A/B Easter meet on the 6th & 7th April 2014 and was a great success. Swimmers from 16 different clubs took part and the atmosphere was alive with the buzz of healthy competition and high spirits. The Kingston Club swimmers took on some difficult competition but managed to keep their heads above water.


National Squad


The clubs National Squad lead the way with Will Costello,14, competed in seven events over the weekend and was in blistering form throughout. He walked away with no less than 5 gold medals, a silver and a bronze. Amongst the many highlights was an NER qualifying time for the 200m backstroke, gaining a 7 second pb in a time of 2:28.79. He also managed to break the 1 minute threshold for the first time in the 100m freestyle, swimming 59.69 and gained a 4 second pb to boot.

Jack Woodcock,13, was hot on Costello’s heals, achieving 4 gold and two silver medal finishes. He too gained an NER qualifying time, this time for the 200m freestyle, swimming a 6 second pb in a time of 2:09.71. He capped off a highly successful weekend with a time of 59.93 for the 100m free.

Making sure the boys didn’t have it all their own way, Hannah Willingham,15, swam to four gold and 2 bronze medals and Shannon McGahey,14, claimed gold medal finishes for all four of her races. Abigail Stringer,15, competed in seven events and walked away with 3 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medal finishes. The highlight being claiming gold and an NER qualifying time for the 50m butterfly in a time of 33.08.

Elliot Stephenson,15, took part in 9 races in all and managed an impressive 2 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze medal finishes for his efforts. Abigail Malton,15, swam to gold, 2 silver and a bronze and gained her first NER qualifying times for the 100 and 200m breaststroke races.




The hard work paid off this weekend, with the squad gaining a total of 85 PB’s and 56 medals won.

The girls set the standard from the start, in the 200m Freestyle with Melissa Machin,14, leading the way with a 2 second PB and claiming the gold in the ‘A’ grade. Melissa then carried on her form by picking up 2 further gold’s, in the 100m Backstroke and 200m IM, a silver in the 100m Butterfly ,and 3 bronze medals in the 50m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke and 100m Freestyle. Other outstanding swims from the girls were; Natalie Moon,18, with 2 gold’s in 100m and 200m Freestyle and a bronze in 200m Breaststroke. 17 Year old Emma Beadle secured 3 silvers in the 50m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle and the 200m Breaststroke and bronze in 50m Breaststroke. Jess Chapman,15, walked away with gold in the 50m Freestyle and 3 bronze in 50m & 100m Butterfly and 100m breaststroke. Kennedy Akrill,13, claimed 2 silvers in 50m Breaststroke and 100m Backstroke. 12 year old Hannah Bird capped a memorable gala winning 2 bronze in 50m Freestyle and 200m Backstroke.

The boys kept the momentum going in the 200m Backstroke, with Luke Chapman,14, swimming in his final gala for the club, knocking 13 seconds off his best time while also claiming a silver medal for his efforts. Luke also claimed a silver in 100m Breaststroke as well as 3 bronze medals in 100m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle. The medals for the boys didn’t stop there with Karmand Abbas Kareem,17, winning a Gold in the 100m Butterfly and Silver medals in the 50m Freestyle and Butterfly events. Keeping it in the family brother Kaso Abbas Kareem,14, got in on the act with 2 Gold’s in 50m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke. Lewis Marsters,14, gave a 100% performance walking away with 8 medals from 8 events, this was made up of 4 Gold medals from 100m & 200m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly and 200m Freestyle. 2 Silvers in 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle and 2 Bronze medals in the 50m Freestyle and 200m IM. Mitchell Davis saw his hard work pay off by picking up a Silver in the 50m Freestyle and 3 Bronze medals for his 50m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle and 100m Breaststroke. Keeping the medals flowing was John Adams,12, who secured 7 top 2 finishes. John secured Gold in 50m, 100m & 200m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke and 100m Breaststroke as well as 2 Silver medals for the 50m & 100m Butterfly events.



Junior A Squad


Daisy Hill, 14 was in good form during the weekend, she took 1st place in the 200m back and to top it achieved her 1st NER qualifying time. Daisy also managed very respectable 2nd placwes in the 100m back and 200m I,M. followed by a 3rd in the 200m free. Emma Newmarch,14, took bronze medals in the 200m I.M. & 200m back, then went on to secure silver in the 50m back & Fly and took gold in the 50m free. Megan Batterbee, 13, competed in the 200 back and secured a 4.33 sec PB she took a bronze medal for her performance in the 50m free and 100m fly then topped off her weekend with the silver in the 50m fly. Hollie Verity, 12 competed in 8 races and gained 7 pbs. Aleah Ross, 12, Struck gold in the 200m & 50m back and again in the 50m and 100m fly and then took silver in the 200m I.M. Alex Stringer, 13, swam impressively swimming in with no less then 5 golds for her 50m, 100m, 200m breast, 50 back & 100m fly.

The boys were also on good form this weekend, Adam Alcock, 13, competed in 9 races and obtained 9 pbs to match with a well deserved NER qualifying time. Liam Spence, 13, took gold in the 100m free and 200m back, silver in the 200, I.M. and a bronze in the 100m breast. Luke Taylor, 13, took gold in 4 out of his 5 races and a few pbs. Jake Conlon, 13, competed following a couple of weeks enduring a neck injury and managed to set 5 pbs in 50m, 100m, 200m free & 50m,200m back. Lewis Collins, 13, swan an impressive 8 races and gained 8 pbs he took home a few more gold, silver and bronze medals and a new NER qualifying time.


Junior B Squad


Ruby Willingham had a fantastic gala with 8 pb’s including a huge 17seconds in the 200m Breaststroke she took away two golds in the 100m and 200m freestyle. Clementine Lovel,11, also breaking new barriers with a time of 2.56 for her 200m backstroke and 5 PB’s , she achieved 2 Yorkshire qualifying times and an NER time to top it off. Evie Lees,12 , competed in 4 races claiming 2 silver medals and a 10 second PB and an NER qualifying time in the 200m Breaststroke. Emily Tate, , also having a good gala swam 6 races and gained 6 P.b’s

Edward Scott,13 , was making waves achieving 7 new personal best times, 3 Yorkshire qualifying times and 4 medals to take home. Alex Everson,11, also gaining 8 new PB times also gaining a NER qualifying time and taking away 2 silver and 1 bronze medal. Callum Wright,12, took away 4 gold and 4 silver medals and 6 new personal best times. Joshua Wormald,11, wasn’t going to be left behind he achieved 7 P.b’s with a 6 second PB in the 200m Backstroke and took home gold, silver and bronze medals. Ethan Kingdom,13, competed in 8 races achieving 7 PB’s, 2 silver, 2 bronze medals and Yorkshire qualifying time.



Junior C Squad


Following a lot of preparation and effort from Junior C. The effort was well and truly rewarded with a tidal wave of personal best times, not to mention a fair amount of medals and even a small collection of YQTs! First up is the girls’ 200IM, which saw all our competitors improve on their previous times, the best of which was Shona Thurston,12, who shaved off an amazing 15 seconds and Hollie McMullen,10, who swam a whole 16 seconds faster.

Our girls slam dunked their previous times in the Freestyle 50 & 100m race with Maisie Foster,11, taking home the Bronze in the 50m and Libby Hannard,11, Libby Akrill,9, Shona Thurston, Maisie Foster,11, Phoebe Tomlinson,10, and Hollie McMullen, all beating their own times in the 100m Free. The most impressive improvement was that of Holly McMullen who P.b was a fantastic 19 seconds. Libby Akrill took the Silver medal and gained a YQT.

The 200m was also noteworthy with another host of personal best times and a particularly good event for Morgon Gronow,10, who took off 17 seconds, Lille May Wilkinson,11, shaved 12 seconds off, along with Libby Hannard who is now swimming at 2:49.68, a 12 second improvement and Hollie McMullen swam a 9 secondsP.B. A pat on the back goes to Shona Thurston who took on the 50m Butterfly and came away with a 13 second p.b.

In the 100m backstroke, Maisie Foster came into the limelight and took the Gold medal and a 4 second PB, Libby Akrill, not to be over-shadowed, also took a Gold medal and polished off the event with a YQT. This event also brought success for Phoebe Tomlinson who took the Bronze and an impressive p.b from Hollie McMullen (24 seconds), Anya Betts,10, also gained a massive 18 second pb.

Both the 100 and 200m Breaststroke brought some metal home to the team, with Libby Akrill gaining the Bronze for a time of 1:58.43 in the 100m and Anya Betts winning a Gold in the 200m. The Personal bests from this event were also impressive, the best of which being a 14 second slash from Libby Hannard and a WHOPPING 1m 5 second drop for Shona Thurston.

The 200m Backstroke was a Silver race for both Libby Hannard and Libby Akrill, with respective times of 3:13.92 & 3:08.50 and a 3rd place Bronze for Phoebe Tomlinson, who improved by 7 seconds.

The boys from the squad put in a performance to be proud of. The 200m Backstroke was first up and saw Ross Mckay,10, slash a notable 41 seconds off his time and Ryan Porter,10, gained a YQT in an impressive 2:58.49. and repeated his performance in the100 back, taking gold and yet another YQT. Ben Massam,11, gained a pb in this event, he now swims this event in 1:35.15, an improvement that reflects the hard work that goes into his training, he then went on to take a 2 second pb in the 50m Backstroke and again in the 100 & 200 Free.

Ross went on to set p.b.s in the 50m free and 100m Breast. Ryan pulled off an impressive 1:17.28 in the 100m free, took gold in the 200m breast, 6th place in the 100m fly and 4th in the 200m I.M. to round of the weekend Ryan gained his third YQT in the 100m breast.


Junior D Squad


Ben Sawdon, 9, took bronze in his first ever 200 IM with a fantastic time of 3:46.93. then went on to take silver in the 50 butterfly and to follow got an impressive 17 second pb in the 200 breaststroke. George Waite, age 10, managed pb’s in all his races and took bronze and silver medals in the 100 & 200 backstroke. Matthew Blain , age 10, swam away with 7 pb’s, he knocked a whooping 30.21 seconds off his 200 back and another 22.40 secs off his 100 breaststroke. Asa Harrison. Age 9, competed in his first open gala, he got bronze for his 50 fly and 4th place in both his 50 & 200 free.

Keira Morgan, age 9, knocked off a massive 32 seconds in her 200 backstroke. Paniz Rajabalian, age 10, gained 6 pb’s and knocked off a huge 27 seconds in her 200 backstroke. Caitlin-Rose Playle, took part in her first 200 IM and received a 4th place medal and got some great pb’s including, 20 seconds in her 200 freestyle. Catherine Fee, 10, competed and pb’d in all her 8 races over the weekend which included 19 seconds off in the 100 freestyle and 34 seconds off in the 200 breaststroke.