Redbridge and Colchester Combined Gala Report

The junior squads headed off in two different directions again this weekend. Success came aplenty at both destinations; just as well given it was Mothers’ Day!

Colchester saw some of our youngest, and newest, competitors reap great rewards. Millie Hosler (10) kicked off the medal tally with a silver in the 100m Butterfly. 11 year old Victoria Dreleva also claimed silver whilst 13 year old Olivia Witton collected bronze. The boys picked up 4 medals in the same event: silver and bronze respectively to 9 year old team mates Oliver Smith and Dillon Brecht. 10 year old Enzo Fulton claimed a silver as did 13 year old Luke Marney.

100m Freestyle produced a bronze each for Brecht and Marney whilst the girls claimed a silver in the 10 year age group courtesy of Gracie Comitti and a gold via Dreleva.

Session 2 started with the 100m Backstroke producing a Town 1, 2 for 9 year old Daniel Berry and Smith. Fulton claimed a bronze and Marney a silver. Witton was the only girl claiming a top three finish for the girls, this time taking a silver.

Smith picked up another medal: bronze in the 100m Breaststroke. The girls showed a little more dominance with Dreleva claiming gold, Comitti a silver and 12 year old Pyper Whittlestone a bronze medal. Town’s final medal of the day went to Berry in the 100IM.

At the same time, Redbridge Swimming Club hosted their last chance Regional Qualifier with many of our swimmers keen to get their qualifying times. Some fantastic swims produced some fantastic results.

9 year old Lexie O’Connor started the medal rush, claiming gold in the 200IM. 13 year old Holly Hagan took bronze, 15 year old Agne Slipityte claimed silver and Megan Witton took gold in the 16 years and over category.

12 year old Connor McCarthy collected bronze in the 100m Backstroke, before Witton took the gold in the 50m Freestyle. 14 year old Aidan Fernandes collected bronze in the 50m Breaststroke.

Lauren Braxten picked up a well earned bronze in the 200m Butterfly, before Lewis Jarrett claimed gold in the 200m Breaststroke, McCarthy a silver and 14 year old Daniel Gencas a gold.

O’Connor picked up her 2nd gold, this time in the 100m Freestyle. Slipityte claimed silver before going on to win gold in the 400m Freestyle.

The man-killer 400IM produced golds for McCarthy and Gencas and a bronze for Raheel Mahmood.  O’Connor claimed another gold – 50 Backstroke this time. Jarrett picked up bronze in the 50m Butterfly, before O’Connor collected her 4th gold of the day; this time in the 200m Freestyle. Slipityte claimed silver. McCarthy wrapped up the day’s medals with a bronze in the 200m Backstroke.

Well done to all that competed. Onwards and upwards!

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