9th David Jacobs Memorial Gala 2019
*Results for this meet can be found at the bottom of this page.
Romford Town Swimming Club hosted its 9th memorial gala for David Jacobs to get the new season going, with 47 of its swimmers winning multiple medals at the annual meet held at Basildon Sporting Village.
Jacobs was an exceptional swimmer, who competed at National level and Olympic trials before he sadly passed away from Leukaemia in 2011.
The gala is a way for swimmers, parents and coaches to mark David’s memory, while trying to qualify for county championships later in the season.
First up to claim gold was Connor McCarthy in. . . . . . .
14yrs 400m IM, Connor went on to win another 2 golds, 6 silvers and a bronze over 2 days of competition.
Lois Smith 9yrs, won a well deserved gold in 200IM, as well as 2 silvers and a bronze. Ruthie Eguakhide (10 yrs) started her haul with a silver in the 200 IM and did herself proud with 8 golds and 4 silvers in a very busy schedule. Lexie O’Connor had a successful meet winning the 11yr category making her total 6 gold and a silver, while Silver medallist Rebecca Coogan gained another 2 golds, a silver and a bronze. The girls showed their strength in this event with yet more golds from Victoria Dreleva 14 yrs – 5 golds in total 5 events, and Jess Ayling 18 yrs with a stunning swim. Madelaine MCormack 17 yrs had to be content with the silver, but went on to win 7 golds in a great weekend of swimming.
Town’s boys were next in the 100m Backstroke, and 10 yr old Baris Muraloglu grabbed a silver to add to a total of 3golds and 4 silvers. 12 year old Raheel Mahmmood had a solid first swim to win his gold and smashed the top haul of the meet with 9 golds and and a bronze.
Dennis Drelev won bronze in the Back and got a further gold and 4 silvers and a bronze. Mark Rigo (13 yrs) swam strong to take his first gold of the meet for a total of 3 golds 1 silver and a bronze. Luke Marney won gold to make it 5 golds and 3 silvers from 8 events and Nathan Banga (16 yrs) took 5 golds a silver and 2 bronze in a good start to his season. 16 yr Aidan Fernandes won the bronze and added 2 golds a silver and a further bronze. Aaron Wilson (17yrs) began with a gold double in the backstroke as well as a further gold and 2 silvers.
Girls 100m freestyle and it was a first medal for Sophia Moule (12yrs) who won gold. Moule grabbed another 7 golds over a busy weekend of racing along with several Romford 123’s which she shared with Alex Giles who won 5 silvers and 2 bronzes, Michelle Vassileva 1 silver and 3 bronzes, and finally Codie McSheffrey 3 bronzes. Emilia Jopson won gold for 14 yrs making a total of 2 gold 2 silvers and a bronze. Amber Mason (16yrs) won her gold in 100 free plus a further 4 golds over 2 days.
There were many other Romford multiple medalists with impressive displays from Magdelene Yordenova !4 yrs 3 golds a silver and 1 bronze, Jamieson MLaren (13yrs) 5 golds and 2 bronzes,
Junuayna Ahmed (16 yrs) 4 golds, Lewis Clifford-Stevenson 4 golds, Josh Ekguakhide 4 golds, 2 silvers, Ella Kilby 1 gold 1silver, young Maya Phillips and Enzo Fulton winning a well deserved gold apiece.
Finally all these swimmers won hard fought silver and bronze medals in their events: Lauren Braxton, Pyper Whittlestone, Danny Moody, Tumininu Makinde, Dilan Cronin, Findlay McLaren, Aida Morter, Sophie Long, Max Dooley, Nicole Vassileva, Lewis Jarrrett, Connor Jarrett, Freya Muraloglu, Charlotte Casey-Sweene, Connie Kennedy, Tierney Rooney and Lukas Birmantis.
Head coach Gary Rogers said ‘It was a busy weekend and all the Romford swimmers should be really pleased with their performances. It makes for a very exciting Essex County Championships in January.”
Click HERE for full results.