Romford’s younger swimmers headed to East Ham Leisure Centre to face Newham and University of East London Club as well as the London Aquatic Centre team. And they came away with plenty of medals for their efforts!
The 200IM was the first race for the girls with 9 year Alexandra Giles claiming bronze medal and 13 year old Amber Mason taking silver.
The splash and dash of the 50m Freestyle came next; 9 year old Raheel Mahmood started his gold rush taking first place in his age group. 13 year olds Joshua Eguakhide and Nathan Banga claimed silver and bronze respectively. 8 year olds Lexie O’Connor and Charlotte Marshalls-Child were both competing for the first time for RTSC. And what a way to start of their competitive swimming careers, O’Connor claiming a gold and Marshalls-Child a silver medal. 9 year old Ella Kilby claimed gold with Sophia Moule taking bronze. 11 year old Victoria Dreleva swam a strong race to claim bronze, with 13 year old Jayne GImbird collecting a well earned silver medal and 14 year old Agne Slipityte taking the gold medal.
100m Backstroke gave 9 year old Lewis Jarrett his first gold of the day, with Mahmood settling for silver. 11 year old Ethan Arrowsmith swam to a gold medal finish, whilst 12 year old Luke Marney took silver and George Giles the bronze. In a switch of finishes, Banga and Eguakhide claimed another silver and bronze. Kilby took silver for the girls with Alex Giles claiming bronze. 10 year old Anna-Lucia Fenner collected a silver ahead of team mate Tierney Rooney in bronze medal position. Gimbird took silver.
9 more medals for Town in the 50m Butterfly golds courtesy of Rooney, Dreleva and Slipityte for the girls, plus a bronze from 13 year old Lauren Braxton. Mahmood and Eguakhide claimed silvers, whilst Jarrett, Arrowsmith and Banga collected bronze medals.
100m Breaststroke brought a gold rush; Jarrett, 10 year old Rhys Penfold and Banga for the boys with O’Connor, 9 year old Codie McSheffrey and Slipityte for the girls. The silvers shone too courtesy of Mahmood, 11 year old Connor McCarthy, Marshalls-Child, Kilby and Fenner. 13 year old Robert Moncur and 10 year old Connie Kennedy collected their first medals of the day: a bronze apiece.
Session 2 started with the boys 200IM with golds for Jarrett and Banga, silver for Eguakhide and bronze medals to Mahmood, McCarthy and Marney.
50m Breaststroke gave O’Connor gold number 3 and Marshalls-Child her 3rd silver of the day. McSheffrey and Kilby claimed gold and silver, whilst 10 year old Millie Hosler collected a silver. Gimbird and Amber Mason claimed silver and bronze respectively in the 13 year age category. Jarrett and Mahmood took gold and silver, Penfold claimed gold, whilst McCarthy took silver and Moncur another bronze.
The long day started to kick in, but Town demonstrated their strength in the 100m Butterfly securing another 9 medals. Rooney claimed gold. 11 year old training partners Briony Wallis and Jasmine Banga collected a silver and bronze between them. Mason took a well earned gold as did Mahmood, Arrowsmith and Eguakhide. McCarthy and Banga settled for silver medals.
50m Backstroke saw O’Connor and Dreleva take another gold medal each and Alex Giles and Rooney a bronze. Mahmood and Jarrett showed their dominance with another 1,2 finish for Town. Penfold, George Gile and 13 year Aidan Fernandes all collected bronze medals for their efforts.
A long day was wrapped up with the 100m Freestyle. O’Connor claimed her 5th gold medal from 5 swims; what a debut for Town! Marshalls-Child collected her fourth silver medal, another great first competition result. Kilby collected silver, whilst 11 year old Rose Deavin collected a bronze as did Braxton. Mahmood finished off their gala with another gold silver combo, this time gold to Mahmood and silver to Jarrett. Penfold claimed bronze, whilst Arrowsmith added another gold medal to his haul for the day. McCarthy took bronze whilst Banga and Eguakhide wrapped everything up in the last heat of the day to take silver and bronze respectively.
Assistant Head Coach Kelsey Richards was very pleased with the outcome of the day’s swimming “Many of my swimmers are still relatively new to competing and the results from today’s event show just how well they cope. I am pleased to witness County times and PBs being achieved as well as the medals. Keep up the good work Town!”