Hot on the heels of the Youth Champs, this weekend brought Town’s strongest 11-14 year old swimmers to the London Aquatic Centre. The pressure was on, as competitors from across London hoped to maintain / gain a place in the National rankings. 14 year old Amelia Moule got things off to a fine start as she claimed gold medal in the 800n Freestyle in a time of 9.41.81.
The boys’ 100m Freestyle came next with Lewis Binning and Daniel Gencas, both in the 14 year age group, making the final. Binning just missed out on a medal finishing in 4th place in 57.15 with Gencas improving one place from the heat to finish in 9th place. Isabelle Jopson (14) then performed a similar feat in the girls’ 100m Butterfly; she went into the final in 9th place, but managed to finish in 7th in a time of 1.11.63.
The boys wrapped up the morning session with the 200m Backstroke. Both Binning and Gencas produced PBs going into the final in 3rd and 5th place respectively. And that’s where they placed in the final too, with Binning getting his first podium finish of the competition.
Session 2 started with the girls’ 50m Freestyle where Town had 4 girls competing. Whilst the other 3 Town girls all managed PBs, only Moule made it to the final, going in in 8th place.
4 Town boys were also competing in the boys’ 50m Freestyle, but just Binning and Gencas made it through to the final, finishing in 5th and 8th place respectively. Moule secured her place in the 50m Backstroke final, finishing in 5th place.
Binning made his last final of the day count, taking gold in the 200m Butterfly in 2.17.13, whilst Gencas wrapped up his first day with another excellent performance, but just missing out on the medals finishing in 4th.
Moule completed her strong first day with a place in the 200m Breaststroke where she finished in 8th place.
Sunday morning brought an early start with the longest of the events – the boys’ 1500m Freestyle. Gencas produced an impressive PB to claim the silver medal with Nathan Banga just missing out on a medal, finishing in 4th place. Without much time for recovery, the boys then competed in the 400m Individual Medley. Binning demonstrated his strength and versatility to take the gold medal, Gencas finished 5th and Banga 9th. The boys then wrapped up Session 3 with the 100m Butterfly final; Binning took silver whilst Gencas finished in 7th, before Moule finished off her weekend with a silver medal in the 200m Backstroke.
Session 4 saw Binning and Gencas make the finals of the 50m Backstroke; with strong competition the boys did well to finish 7th and 9th respectively.
The Jopson sisters brought delight with Emilia (12) and Isabelle (14) making the finals of the 200m Butterfly finals. Emilia finished in 6th place, whilst Isabelle just missed out on the medals by finishing in 4th place. With some incredibly fast qualifying times, Binning was the only Town boy making it to the final of the 200m Breaststroke, where he finished in 5th place.
London Age Groups concludes next weekend at Crystal Palace Sports Centre.