London Regional Champs 2018
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The London Aquatic Centre played host to the Youth category (15 and over) for this year’s three days of high level competition. It was a great start for RTSC: Georgia Milton swam……….
her first competitive 1500m Freestyle and finished in 5th place in 18.22.27. Daniel Gencas and Nathan Banga also swam the 1500m, where Gencas claimed the silver medal in 17.19.76, with Banga just missing out on a podium finish, coming 4th in 18.02.53.
Amber Mason and Agne Slipityte swam the 400IM with Mason finishing in 10th place in the 15 year age group and Slipityte taking a well earned bronze medal in the 16 year age group, in a time of 5.30.27. The relays wrapped up session 1, starting with the boys 14/16 age group 4x100m Freestyle relay, with 3 out of 4 of the boys being a year out of age (Gencas, Banga and Joshua Eguakhide), Aaron Wilson completed the quartet to finish in a very credible 8th place in a time of 3.53.36. The girls had two 15 year old in their team (Isabelle Jopson and Amelia Moule) along with 16 year olds Emily Milton and Agne Slipityte – they too finished in 8th place in 4.12.60. The older girls brought home the bling for Town – a silver medal from Georgia Milton, Michelle Curry, Jess Ayling and Zeina Yacoub in a time of 4.07.65.
Session 2 comprised the heats, with finals for all events of 200m and over taking place in Session 3. At this level of competition, making finals is no mean feat and Town made its impression on the London stage. Moule claimed gold in the 100m Backstroke in 1.07.47 and Gencas took bronze in 1.03.55. The 50m Butterfly saw Jopson finish 10th in 30.94 (15 years), Yacoub 7th in 29.74 (17+ age group) and Gencas 4th place in 27.82. The last final of Day 1 was the 200m Freestyle. Jopson took 8th place in 2.18.74, Georgia Milton 9th place in 2.16.12, Gencas silver in a impressive 1.57.36 and Banga 9th in 2.09.41.
Day 2 was another hot and early start at the LAC; Banga kicked things off taking 5th place in the 400IM in 5.14.46. The 800m Freestyle showed the strength of Town’s girls: Jopson finished 4th in 9.50.96, Slipityte took another bronze medal in 9.49.31 and Georgia Milton finished 7th in 9.41.22. Banga made his debut 800m Freestyle swim and took the silver for his effort in a time of 9.15.47.
Session 5 again comprised the heats, where again Town produced some impressive performances to make the finals in Session 6. Moule finished 6th in 2.32.80 in the 200IM, with Gencas taking bronze in 2.18.00 and Banga finishing 9th. The 100m Butterfly saw Jopson finish 8th in 1.11.68, Yacoub just outside the medals in 4th place in 1.06.46, before Gencas picked up the bronze medal in 1.01.63. Gencas and Moule both claimed a bronze in the 50m Backstroke, Gencas in 29.31 and Moule in 31.56. Jess Ayling just missed out on a podium finish with a 4th place finish in the 100m Breaststroke in 1.17.83. The last final of a very hot Day 2 was the 50m Freestyle: Moule was 5th in 28.04; Gencas claimed joint silver medal in 25.35, just 12/100ths off the gold medal; Jack Ayling (17+) produced a fine PB of 24.23, but just missed out on a medal in 4th place.
Day 3 of a long and hot Bank Holiday weekend started with the 400m Freestyle. Moule finished 6th in 4.42.81 and Jopson 10th in 4.52.29 and Slipityte finished 7th in 4.54.36. Gencas stormed home in 4.13.70 to take the gold medal and Banga finished 6th in 4.32.38.
The 4x100m Medley Relays saw Moule, Holly Hagan, Jopson and Emily Milton finish in 4.47.99 to take 9th place. The older girls (Curry, Ayling, Yacoub and Georgia Milton) finished in 4.40.93 to collect the bronze medal. Gencas, Banga, Eguakhide and Wilson swam 4.29.15 to finish in 10th place.
Following the heats, Session 9 was the last lot of finals from a long and tiring 3 days. Jess Ayling swam 35.84 in the 50m Breaststroke to finish in 5th place. The 200m Backstroke gave 9th place finished to Mason (2.35.73) and Georgia Milton (2.34.74) before Gencas produced a superb 2.16.79 to take the silver medal. Georgia Milton continued to show her strength taking 7th place in
2.33.17 in the 200m Butterfly. The 100m Freestyle finished off this year’s competition with Yacoub just missing out on the bronze, finishing in 4th in a time of 59.70. Gencas smashed his PB and was just 10/100ths off the gold medal in a time of 54.75. Jack Ayling claimed 5th place in 53.42.
All points from final swims are added together to produce a table of both clubs and individual swimmers. Town finished in an impressive 8th place from 36 clubs, proving that we may be small, but we are perfectly formed! Individually, 3 Town swimmers made the top 10: Gencas missed out on the Top Boy position by 1 point for the 15 year olds! Team mate Banga finished in joint 9th place, with Moule finishing in an impressive 4th place, also in the 15 year age group.
Town’s younger swimmers (11-14) had their Regional Championships split over two weekends. Weekend 1 saw Connor McCarthy (13) swimming his debut 800m Freestyle in 10.10.10 finishing in 6th place. Holly Hagan (14) finished 6th in 10.14.06.
Victoria Dreleva (13) just missed out on a medal to take 4th place in the 100m Butterfly in 1.12.95, before finishing 4th again in 29.18 in the 50m Freestyle and 9th in the 50m Backstroke in 35.00. McCarthy claimed 7th place in the 200m Butterfly final in 2.46.46 and Hagan 9th place in the 200m Breaststroke (2.58.86).
McCarthy took on the distance swim again with the 1500, where he finished 7th in 19.23.32. Dreleva had her third 4th place finish, this time in the 100m Freestyle final; she also took 9th place in the 200m Backstroke in 2.42.89.
Weekend 2 of Age Groups produced 5th place for Dreleva in the 100m Backstroke (1.12.95) and 5th place for Hagan in the 50m Breaststroke (36.65). Dreleva’s talent and perseverance paid off when she finally made the podium in the 50m Butterfly to take the bronze in 31.77. McCarthy also arguably saved his best until last to take 4th place in the 400m Freestyle in an impressive 4.51.54. Hagan wrapped up her Champs in the 100m Breaststroke to finish 5th in 1.20.81.
Town’s youngsters managed to finish in 22nd place out of 37 clubs, with Victoria Dreleva finishing in an impressive 5th place in the 13 year old girls’ category.
With just one more weekend of competition left before the national qualifying window closes, we would like to congratulate all our medallists, finalists and competitors for all their success so far. Keep working hard and the results will follow. Oh and fingers crossed for the top 44 in the national rankings! Watch this space for confirmation of our selected swimmers.