Nationals Championships 2019
Results from this years National championships can be found at the bottom of this post.
Below Left: RTSC National Qualifiers. Below Right: RTSC National Medallists (Amelia Moule & Daniel Gencas)
Of the 10 that qualified, Romford Town sent 9 swimmers to this years Nationals Championships and came away with 4 medals, made 11 final places and produced several personal best times.
Town’s Daniel Gencas showed his potential at this year’s British Summer Championships, held for the first time at . . . .
Glasgow’s Tollcross International pool. Gencas had qualified for a staggering 11 events at Nationals this year though limited his programme to eight. After a nervous first swim in the 400m, he stepped up on Day 3 to take a remarkable 5th place in the Boys 16 years old 100m Freestyle with a life time best of 53.20. Agonisingly, just 0.2 outside of the medals.
On Day’s 4 & 5 Gencas was near to his best with solid performances over 100m Butterfly and 200m IM. He saved his best for Day 6, the last day of the Championships. He opened with a PB swim over 50m Butterfly narrowly missing the final by only 0.03secs. before another PB in the 200m Freestyle event saw him comfortably through to the evening final. He produced his finest swim in a thrilling final powering the last 50m to snatch the Silver medal, missing gold by only 0.1secs. His time off 1:55.09 smashed the Essex County junior record by nearly 2 seconds.
18 years old Jessica Ayling, seeded 21st at the start of the competition, had an astonishing swim to smash her way into the top 10 finish by qualifying for the final of 50m Breaststroke. Ayling produced a life time best of 33.63 in what was her first appearance at British event for a number of years.
14 years old Victoria Dreleva, did very well to qualify for her first National Championships in the extremely competitive 100m freestyle and butterfly events. Despite the nerves she had two strong swims improving her placing on both occasions.
Amelia Moule, who’s National preparation had been hampered by illness and GCSE exams, began her National Program with a remarkably strong swim and 9th place in the 16 years old 1500m Freestyle. She finished with a PB time of 17:50.55 in what is a relatively new distance for the women.
Moule continued her hunt for medals when in week 2 the Championships moved to Sheffield for the English Summer Meet. Her first medal came in 400m Freestyle final with a PB time of 4:29.34, smashing her previous best by 5 full seconds. In an astonishing closing 50 metres she forced her way through to snatch Silver only 0.08 ahead of the Bronze medallist and only 0.7 shy of the Gold.
Two days later Moule added bronze to her tally in the 800m freestyle competing alongside team-mate Izzy Jopson who also had a great race to take 6th place in the 16 years age group. Jopson had made a strong start to her first ever National Championships a day earlier over 1500m Freestyle where she finished in 11th place.
Town’s Junanya Ahmed, having earlier that morning swam a tough 200m Butterfly to finish 15th overall, finished 14th in the 1500m Freestyle event. The outcomes of these swims were even more impressive as Ahmed had only just returned from Gwanju South Korea where she swam in the World Swimming Championships competing for Bangladesh and was clearly still fatigued.
Jessica Ayling added to her success of the previous week by making another final. A strong start saw her gritty performance rewarded with a 5th place finish in the girls 17years and over 100m breaststroke with a PB time of 1:15.51, a best by 0.24. In the same event 15 years age group Holly Hagan, another debutant at a Nationals Championships, also did Town proud by fighting her way into the final where she was 9th.
In the 18 years and over category, Jack Ayling achieved his season’s ambition of making his first National final with a tough morning swim in the Mens 50m Freestyle. He finished in 10th place in a close final . Victoria Dreleva swam her third and last race of the season to finish in 19th in the Girls 200m Freestyle.
The final day of this year’s Championships moved to the Thrybergh Resevoir Sheffield for the closing event the Swim England Open Water competition. With a balmy water temperature of 21 degrees and in near perfect weather conditions Amelia Moule made it a hat-trick of medals by battling to Silver over the 5k distance in a time of 1: 03.22. This was her first in the open water event at National level. Georgia Milton, back from university in Nottingham, also swam the
Open Water 5k in the Womens 19 years and over age group and added to Town’s successes with a 13th place.
Head coach Gary Rogers said how incredibly pleased and proud he is of all of the Romford swimmer that have worked so hard throughout the season to qualify for these National Championship events. All have done the club proud and there have been many remarkable performances. A special well done goes to Daniel Gencas and Amelia Moule for their medal achievements.
Click HERE for British National Results (23 – 28/07/2019)
Click HERE for English National Results (31/07 – 04/08/2019)
Click HERE for English Open Water Nationals Results