RTSC compete at both Sheffield and Redbridge galas
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A small team headed North with Head Coach Gary Rogers, to compete at the Lincoln Vulcan’s gala at Ponds Forge. 15 year old Emily Milton opened for Town claiming a silver in the 800m Freestyle. Team mate, 16 year old Jess Ayling, just missed out on a medal in the 100m Breaststroke, finishing in 4th place.
Birthday boy Daniel Gencas, having just turned 14, produced a fine PB in the 200m Freestyle in a time of 2.06.22 to take a silver medal. Paralympic medallist Amy Marren claimed gold in the multi disability category in the 200IM, before Gencas secured gold in the 200m Butterfly.
14 year old Isabelle Jopson produced a gutsy 400m Freestyle swim in a new PB of 4.50.11, but just missed out on a medal finishing in 4th place.
Gencas brought home the bling again, this time a bronze in the 200IM.
Jopson just missed the medals again in the 200m Butterfly, finishing 4th in a time of 2.36.85.
Gencas kept the medals coming; 400m Freestyle in 4.25.93 secured him gold medal number two. And with barely enough time to catch his breath he smashed his 50m Freestyle in 27.06 to claim silver.
Marren claimed first place in the 100m Butterfly before taking the win in the 100m Backstroke. Gencas produced the goods to make a trio of golds with a strong 100m Butterfly swim. He then swam to a silver medal finish in the 100m Backstroke.
Marren claimed her 4th win of the day by taking the 100m Freestyle, before Gencas arguably saved his best ‘til last by smashing his PB on the 100m Freestyle to take silver in 58.31!
A much larger team spent the weekend at Fulwell Cross competing in the Redbridge gala. 10 year old Raheel Mahmood, swimming in the 10/11 combined age group, claimed his first medal of many, coming 2nd in the 200IM. The girls’ 100m Backstroke gave medals to 11 year old Charlotte Day (gold) and bronzes to 10 year old Ella Kilby, again swimming in a combined 10/11 age group, and 14 year old Amber Mason in the combined 14/15 years age category.
Mahmood then took a bronze in the 50m Freestyle, before 14 year old Lauren Braxton smashed her PB by 16 seconds in the 200m Breaststroke to take the silver medal, made even more impressive by competing again in a combined age group (14/15).
Rebecca Coogan produced a PB to be proud of: 28 seconds off her 100m Butterfly PB to claim a bronze medal. 11 year old Tierney Rooney showed her strength in the same event to take a silver medal.
Many of Town’s youngsters attempted the 400m Freestyle for the first time. 9 year old Connor Jarrett was rewarded with a bronze medal for his effort and Mahmood collected a bronze too. 50m Butterfly yielded a gold for 9 year old Lexie O’Connor and a bronze for Rooney. O’Connor then went on to claim the first place finish in the 200m Backstroke too. Day collected a well earned silver whilst team mate Ruby Le May (11) picked up the bronze. The combined 12/13 age group saw Town tie for bronze medal courtesy of 13 year old Olivia Witton and 12 year old Victoria Dreleva. 10 year old Lewis Jarrett collected silver in the combined 10/11 age group for the 100m Breaststroke, before O’Connor claimed her hat trick of golds, this time from the 200IM. 13 year old Holly Hagan took silver in the same event.
The boys’ 100m Backstroke produced 3 golds for Town: Mahmood, 12 year old Luke Marney and 15 year old Jude Ward, with Ward shaving off an impressive 3 seconds from his PB.
Le May took the silver in the 50m Freestyle whilst the boys took 2 medals in the 50m Breaststroke; 12 year old Connor McCarthy claimed bronze before 16 year old Joe Groves took gold in the open age group.
Kilby showed her strength in the 200m Butterfly producing a strong PB and taking the gold medal, despite being one of the youngest in the event. Lewis Jarrett produced a similar performance taking the silver in the 200m Breaststroke, where McCarthy took bronze in a PB.
The girls’ 100m Freestyle produced golds for O’Connor and Le May and a silver went to Day. The boys’ 100m butterfly produced another gold for Mahmood, a bronze for McCarthy, and silvers for 14 year old Joshua Eguakhide and Groves. Le May then went on to show her dominance by taking gold in the 400m Freestyle.
Mahmood picked up an impressive gold medal in the gruelling 400IM. Lewis Jarrett and Groves collected silvers. Rooney and Mason picked up a bronze each in the girls’ 50m Backstroke, before Eguakhide claimed gold in the 50m Butterfly.
Aida Morter was delighted to collect the bronze for her 200m Freestyle. Hagan also collected third place in the same event.
The weekend was wrapped up with the boys’ 200m Backstroke. Groves and Ward won their age groups collecting a gold medal each, Mahmood took silver, Jarrett and Marney bronze.
Finally, 3 Town swimmers were selected for the Swim England Inter Counties held at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge; Jess Ayling, Lewis Binning and Aaron Wilson helped the Essex team secure 12th place at this high level national competition.
RTSC are next in action at the Arena League in Harlow, before the Essex County Winter Championships at Basildon at the end of the month.
Just keep swimming…..