Essex County Champs 2018 – Block A
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Basildon Sporting Village played host to this year’s County Championships where the strongest swimmers in Essex gather to compete. The competition commenced with the..
Boys’ 400m Freestyle where Raheel Mahmood narrowly missed out on a medal finishing in 4th place. The 15+ girls swam the challenging 400IM with 15 year old Amelia Moule claiming silver and Georgia Milton taking gold in the 18+ category.
The 15+ boys 400m Freestyle was a strong event for Town; 15 year old Daniel Gencas claimed gold with team mate Nathan Banga missing out on a podium finish in 4th. 17 year old Joe Groves finished 7th before Oliver Bath claimed silver in the 18+ category.
The final of the Girls’ 100m Breaststroke had 2 Town swimmers in the 10/11 age group. Lexie O’Connor swam to a bronze medal finish with Codie McSheffrey finishing 6th. Holly Hagan (14) swam a new PB of 1.21.60 to take a well earned silver.
Mahmood made the final of the 100m Freestyle to finish in an agonising 4th place again, before Moule took gold in the 100m back. Amber Mason swam a PB to finish in 4th place in the same final.
Gencas went into the 100m Freestyle final with some tough competition; he rose to the challenge with a PB of 56.14 to take his 2nd gold of the day. Session 1 wrapped up with the Girls’ 11/12 Medley Team comprising Ella Kilby, Lexie O’Connor, Tierney Rooney and Sophia Moule finishing in 9th place and the boys’ 11/12 Freestyle team of Lewis Jarrett, Oliver Smith, Mahmood and Denis Drelev finished in 19th.
Gencas commenced Session 2 with the same strength and determination he ended session 1 and took gold in the 200IM. Birthday girl Amelia Moule continued to dig deep and swam a new PB in the 200m Breaststroke of 2.48.01 to take silver.
Any disappointment from Day 1 soon disappeared for Mahmood as he took his first ever individual county medal; a gold in the 200m Backstroke. Gencas’ gold rush continued – gold number 4 in the 200m Butterfly with Banga finishing 8th. Mahmood took silver in the 100m Butterfly, 15 year old Isabelle Jopson took 5th place and 16 year old Emily Milton 6th.
The boys’ 15+ Medley Team comprising Gencas, Peter Arundell, Joshua Eguakhide and Martin Lane finished in 8th place. Town’s girls finished 14th courtesy of Hagan, Victoria Dreleva, Ruby Guynan and Olivia Humphrey and 20th from Ruby Le May, Charlotte Day, Emilia Jopson and Olivia Witton in the 10/14 BAGCAT Freestyle Relays.
The final Session of Block A started with the 15+ 200m Backstroke. Gencas went in the favourite and reigned supreme to claim another gold medal. 16 year old Jude Ward missed out on the bronze medal by 4/100ths of a second to finish in an agonising 4th place.
The girls’ 15+ 200m Freestyle saw Moule claim silver, with team mate Isabelle Jopson collecting a well earned bronze. Emily Milton claimed gold whilst Georgia Milton collected silver.
The 200m Breaststroke was a gutsy race for Lewis Jarrett in the 12 years age category, where he just missed out on a podium finish to take 4th place. Connor McCarthy (13) swam an impressive PB to finish in 6th place.
Team mates Ella Kilby (11) and Tierney Rooney (12) finished 5th and 7th respectively in their 200m Butterfly finals. Gencas dropped his gold medal spot for the first time all weekend, finishing 7th in the 100m Breaststroke final.
The relays wound up an exciting first weekend; Town’s senior girls comprising Georgia Milton, Emily Milton, Jess Ayling and Amelia Moule just missed out on a medal finishing in 4th place with the B Team comprising Isabelle Jopson, Amber Mason, Jayne Gimbird and Lily Bath finished in 14th place, both in the 200m Freestyle relay. The boys’ 10/14 BAGCAT team comprising Luke Marney, Jarrett, Mahmood and McCarthy finished in 18th place.
Block B of the Essex Champs is split between the London Aquatic Centre for the sprints and back at Basildon for the challenging 800m and 1500m Freestyle. Watch this space for more reporting …