RTSC head north to Enfield and then south to Crawley!
Enfield Junior Meet
27 RTSC swimmers went to Enfield swim squad’s inaugural junior open meet and made sure it was worthwhile by coming away with the Top Visiting Club Award.
The 50m Butterfly produced a Town 1,2 for 9 year olds Ella Kilby and Lexie O’Connor. 10 year old Tierney Rooney collected the gold in her age group, before the 11 year old trio of Victoria Dreleva, Olivia Humphrey and Ruby Le May produced the first 1,2,3 finish of the day. 13 year old Georgia Humphrey picked up the gold in her age group too. 9 year old Olly Smith produced a great swim to collect the silver medal, before team mates Raheel Mahmood and Lewis Jarrett picked up a gold and bronze in the 10 year age group. 14 year old Nathan Banga swam a PB to also collect gold.
Next came the 50m Backstroke where Kilby and O’Connor continued to show their dominance again collecting a gold and silver medal. Rooney showed her strength again too picking up gold medal number 2, before the 11 year old girls produced another Town 1,2,3 this time courtesy of Dreleva, Le May and Charlotte Day. Georgia Humphrey finished first again to pick up her 2nd gold medal. The boys amassed 4 medals between them: bronze to Smith, gold to Mahmood, silver to Jarrett and gold to Banga.
Session 1 concluded with the girls’ 100IM where Kilby and O’Connor continued their pattern of a 1,2 finish. 10 year old Codie McSheffrey collected gold with Rooney taking bronze. The 11 year old 1,2,3 finish this time comprised Le May, Olivia Humphrey and Day before Georgia Humphrey made her hat trick of gold medals.
The boys’ 100IM kicked off session 2 where Smith collected silver, Mahmood took gold, Jarrett silver and Banga gold. 50m Breaststroke produced 6 medals for Town’s girls, this time O’Connor claimed gold and Kilby settled for silver, the 11 year old trio was Dreleva, Olivia Humphrey and Le May with Georgia Humphrey collecting bronze. Smith and Mahmood claimed a bronze medal each, Jarrett a silver and Banga gold number four.
The 50m freestyle put Kilby back in gold medal position with O’Connor taking silver. And the 11 year old girls maintained their dominance by producing 5 out of 5 1,2,3 finishes; this time Olivia Humphrey claimed the gold, Le May the silver and Day the bronze. Georgia Humphrey picked up silver. Smith swam to silver medal position before Mahmood claimed silver and Jarrett bronze. Banga just missed out on the Top Boy Award by finishing in silver medal position by 0.08seconds!
The event concluded with a 12×1 mixed relay team where Town were strong enough to field two teams. What a way to finish! The teams, a girl and a boy from each age group aged 9-14, made for a very exciting end to a busy morning’s swimming. The team comprising Ella Kilby, Olly Smith, Tierney Rooney, Lewis Jarrett, Olivia Humphrey, Elias Chawki, Ruby Le May, Raheel Mahmood, Charlotte Day, George Giles, Victoria Dreleva and Nathan Banga stormed to the finish line to take a glorious win! A fitting finish to then be crowned with the Top Visiting Club Award. Whoop whoop RTSC.
Crawley Summer Splash
Fathers’ Day demonstrated the commitment of both coaches and swimmers as Town’s youngsters made an early start to the K2 Sports Centre in Crawley. Kilby maintained her fine form from Saturday and collected the gold in the 100m Butterfly and the 200m Freestyle. O’Connor picked up the silver in the 200m Freestyle. The boys’ 200IM produced more of the same for Mahmood taking gold medal spot with Lewis Jarrett collecting bronze. 13 year old Joseph Frost picked up a silver.
50m Breaststroke saw O’Connor collect silver for the girls, before 9 year old Connor Jarrett won his first medal for RTSC – a glorious gold. Big brother Lewis collected a silver. 19 year old Robin Hughes swam a new PB of 31.13 to take the gold medal in the 17+ category.
O’Connor showed her versatility by winning the 50m Backstroke, Connor Jarrett claimed silver and Mahmood another gold. The girls’ 200IM saw Charlotte Day produce a 20 second PB to take silver medal, before Mahmood claimed bronze in the 200m Freestyle. Day then produced another superb PB by taking 8 seconds off in the 100m Freestyle and collecting a bronze medal for her effort.
50m Freestyle gave O’Connor a silver, before Mahmood took 2 seconds off his PB to also claim silver in the 50m Butterfly. Frost collected another silver medal. The boys’ 100m Backstroke gave Mahmood a silver and Frost a bronze before Lewis Jarrett secured himself a gold medal finish in the 100m Breaststroke. O’Connor finished off her busy weekend with a bronze in the 50m Butterfly and Frost saved his best until last to collect a gold in the 50m Freestyle.
Head Coach Gary Rogers was impressed with the many PBs produced on such a hot weekend saying “My swimmers continue to represent the club well and the efforts made this weekend show that hard work in training pays off. As we head towards the end of the season and our meet at the London Aquatic Centre, all swimmers need to keep putting in the hard work.”