Double gala weekend for RTSC
Town went in two different directions last weekend; Kelsey Richards and Gina Dickson took a large team to Erith District Swim Club, whilst Gary Rogers took a small team to Wycombe for the first gala in the National qualifying window.
Many of the sprint swims at Wycombe were open age group making for tough competition, however in the age group swims Lewis Binning and Amelia Moule both collected medals. Lewis claimed a gold in the 400IM, silvers in the 100 Fly, 200IM, 400 Free and 200 Fly plus a bronze in the 200 Free. Amelia claimed gold in the 100 Back and silver in the 200 Back. There were many other fine swims from Town’s swimmers with some good PBs; a great start to positioning themselves in the rankings for Nationals.
Erith’s Charity Meet awarded medals to all competing swimmers and certificates to those finishing in the top 3 of each age group. Town started things off with a flourish when the 10 year old girls claimed a 1,2,3 Town finish in the 100m Backstroke, courtesy of Ella Kilby, Lexie O’Connor and Gracie Comitti. 14 year old Amber Mason claimed first place in her age group.
10 year old Raheel Mahmood commenced his winning streak in the 100m Butterfly, Team mate, 11 year old Lewis Jarrett, claimed 3rd place whilst Robert Moncur and Aidan Fernandes took 2nd and 3rd place in the 14 year age group.
100 Breast gave O’Connor 2nd place and Comitti 3rd followed by Mahmood taking 1st and Jarrett 3rd in the 100m Backstroke.
The same trio of 10 year old girls, Kilby, O’Connor and Comitti, celebrated another 1, 2, 3 finish this time in the 100m Freestyle. The boys 100m Breaststroke gave Mahmood and Jarrett 1st place finishes in their age groups with 12 year old Connor McCarthy claiming 2nd place. Fernandes and Moncur traded place this time, but again gave Town 2nd and 3rd place in their age group.
100m Butterfly produced 1st place for Kilby and 3rd place for 10 year old Alex Giles. 11 year old Millie Hosler claimed 3rd place in her age group. Mahmood continued to dominate his age group, this time taking 1st place in the 100m Freestyle.
O’Connor and Comitti produced 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the 200IM with 14 year old Jayne Gimbird claiming 1st place. Mahmood took first place again in the 50m Backstroke, before Kilby claimed first place in her debut 200m Butterfly swim. 10 year old Michele Vassileva placed 2nd in the same swim with big sister Nicole also finishing in 2nd place, but in the 12 year old age group.
Mahmood smashed it again in the 50m Breaststroke finishing 1st, with Jarrett and McCarthy both finishing 2nd in their age groups. The girls 200m Freestyle gave O’Connor a win with Comitti finishing in 2nd place. Gimbird claimed first place along with 15 year old Agne Slipitaite.
Mahmood managed 2nd place in the 200 Back, as did Jarrett. McCarthy went one better to claim the winner’s spot whilst 13 year old Luke Marney claimed a 3rd place finish. The girls’ 50m Fly produced 5 top 3 finishes: 1st place to 11 year old Tierney Rooney, 2nd place for Kilby, Victoria Dreleva and Gimbird with Mason claiming 3rd place.
The boys’ 200m Breaststroke put Mahmood and Jarrett back on top in their age groups, along with Fernandes. McCarthy took 3rd place.
Kilby and Comitti battled it out in the 50m Freestyle, but had to settle for a joint 2nd place in 37.47seconds. Gimbird came 1st and Mason 3rd. 100IM gave Mahmood another 1st place and Jarrett another 2nd in his age group; the boys then dominated both of their age groups in the 200IM by both claiming 1st place. McCarthy picked up 3rd place.
50m Backstroke produced 2nd place swims for Kilby and Gimbird. Mahmood then celebrated a PB in winning the 200m Fly. Town’s girls produced another 1, 2, 3 finish in the 10 year old age group but this time it came courtesy of Comitti, Codie McSheffrey and O’Connor.
Mahmood claimed yet another 1st place, this time in the 200m Freestyle. Jarrett, McCarthy and Marney all finished in 2nd place in their respective age groups. 200m Freestyle saw lots of success for Town’s girls: Gimbird finished 1st<, Kilby, Dreleva and Mason 2nd, with O’Connor and Rooney taking 3rd place finishes.
200m Breaststroke produced 3 wins for Town via Comitti, Dreleva and Slipityte. Mahmood finished off his glorious weekend with another win – 50m Freestyle, whilst Marney claimed 2nd place for the 13 year old boys. The end of a very long weekend saw 12 year old Olivia Humphrey and Mason claim 2nd places in the 100IM.
Town’s Coaches were delighted with the effort made by all, enhanced by being top of the ‘medal’ table with 88 medals: 34 1st places; 34 2nd places and 20 3rd places. Whoop Whoop RTSC!