London Winter Championships 2017
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This weekend saw Head Coach Gary Rogers back at the pool, this time at the ever prestigious London Aquatic Centre. Many swimmers achieved entry times for this annual event, split into 2 age groups 16 and under and 17 and over, with finals for all events apart from 400m, 800m and 1500m Freestyle and the 400IM.
17 year old Georgia Milton secured herself a place in the 200m Backstroke final where she placed 6th . 14 year old Binning finished in 3rd place in the 200IM heats, but dropped a place in the final just missing out on a medal.
100m Freestyle saw 19 year old Jack Ayling and Binning make their respective finals. Ayling finished in 8th place and Binning just missed out on the medals again in 4th. Binning made the final of the 200m Butterfly, but did not compete.
Binning and 14 year old Daniel Gencas both made the final of the 200m Freestyle where Gencas finished 9th with a new PB. Binning did not compete in the final. Milton finished in 8th place in the 400m Freestyle.
RTSC’s Masters swimmer, David Ebanks picked up a silver medal in the 50m Breaststroke, before 14 year old Amelia Moule delighted all by also picking up a silver medal in the 400IM. Milton finished 5th in the 17+ age group.
Swimming in the multi disciplinary category, Amy Marren swam to gold medal finishes in both the 100m Butterfly and the 50m Freestyle.
The final swim of the day was the boys 1500m Freestyle. Gencas produced a new PB of 17.40.19, but just missed out on a medal in 4th place. 14 year old Nathan Banga was off last week’s pace and finished in 8th.
Day 2 started with the Girls’ 200IM where Moule finished 5th in the 16 and under and Milton finished 7th in the 17 and over. Marren picked up another gold. Milton made the final of the 200m Butterfly where she just missed out on a medal finishing in 4th place.
The Boys’ 400m Freestyle saw Binning finish in 5th place and Gencas in 8th. Binning then placed 6th in the 100m Breaststroke and Ebanks in 8th.
The final session of the day secured Binning 6th place in the 100m Butterfly final. Milton took 8th place in the 200m Freestyle final. Binning also made the final of the 200m Breaststroke as first reserve but pulled out to save some energy for the rest of his busy session.
Ayling was unlucky to miss out on a medal in the 50m Freestyle, with a 4th place finish for Town again.
Binning finished 6th in the 400IM and Gencas with another PB, just behind in 8th place.
Marren collected another gold for her efforts, this time in the 100m Backstroke. 15 year old Agne Slipaityte produced a good PB in her 800m Freestyle to finish in a well deserved 6th place.
Binning’s strength across all distances and all strokes was evident by winning the under 16’s Top Male category. Congratulations Lewis – your hard work paid off.
The weekend was long and the competition was tough, but Gary Rogers said “We are deep into our training schedule, so it was good to get some long course competition under our belts. We will continue to train hard in readiness for the heavy 2018 competition schedule. I am very proud of my swimmers commitment to their training.”