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Folkestone Gala 16th February 2013

Faversham Favour Third At Folkestone 

Faversham Swimming Club returned home with their heads held high after securing third place at the recent Folkestone Development Gala.

Faversham’s  Swimmers produced some outstanding performances, team points started stacking up with Faversham holding onto first place after just eighteen races. Faversham bagged further top three positions to hold onto their lead, held jointly with local club Black Lion. The dual in the pool continued between the two clubs into the final stages of the Gala with Black Lion snatching second place on 248 points, one point clear of Faversham who finished third with 247 points. However, it was the host club Folkestone who claimed a much deserved first place with 260 points.

Two of Faversham’s swimmers were rewarded with speeding tickets, these badges of honour are received by swimmers who have exceeded the entry times as specified by the Amateur Swimming Association. Ruby Scott was all smiles as she collected her ticket for her dynamic dash in the girls 10 years 50 metre freestyle in a time of 37.64. Whilst fellow swimmer Emily Holt was delighted with her ticket for her perfect performance in the girls 10 years 4 x 25 metre individual medley, stopping the clock in a time of 1.33.93.

First place wins were received by the 10 years and under mixed freestyle relay team, Eva McIntyre girls 9 years 50 metre freestyle and 50 metre butterfly, Tamzin Myburgh girls 9 years 50 metre backstroke, Ruby Scott girls 10 years and under 50 metre backstroke and breaststroke. Oliver Nye boys 10 years and under 50 metre freestyle, Joseph Russell boys 10 years and under 50 metre breaststroke and 12 years and under 50 metre breaststroke, Lauren Scott girls 11 years and under 50 metre freestyle. Richard Catton boys 11 years and under 50 metre breaststroke, Rebecca Crouch ladies 18 years and under 50 metre backstroke, Lydia Scott ladies 18 years and under 4 x 25 metre individual medley and Marty Boorman boys 15 years and under 50 metre breaststroke.

Swimmers snatching second place were the 10 years and under mixed medley relay team, Nicola Crouch girls 11 years and under 50 metre breaststroke and 10 years and under 50 metre butterfly, Harry McKenna boys 11 years and under 50 metre backstroke, Richard Catton boys 12 years and under 50 metre freestyle and 50 metre backstroke. Olivia Hawkins girls 12 years and under 50 metre butterfly, Poppy Boorman girls 12 years and under 50 metre breaststroke, Blaine Ramsden boys 15 years and under 50 metre backstroke, Flora Westlake girls 15 years and under 50 metre breaststroke and ladies 18 years and under 50 metre breaststroke, Rebecca Crouch girls 15 years and under 50 metre backstroke and Marty Boorman mens 18 years and under 50 metre freestyle.

Faversham’s third place winners were the 12 x 25 metre mixed breaststroke squadron relay team, the 12 x 25 metre mixed freestyle squadron relay team, the 11 years and under mixed freestyle relay team, the 11 years and under mixed medley relay team, the 12 years and under mixed medley relay team. Olivia Hawkins girls 12 years and under 4 x 25 metre individual medley, Molly McKenna girls 15 years and under 50 metre freestyle and Marty Boorman mens 18 years and under 50 metre backstroke.

Nine year old Eva McIntyre received the Tesco Gala Star for her encouraging performances throughout the Gala, whilst the Gala’s Tesco Shield award was presented to fifteen year old Marty Boorman for competing in no less than 12 races during the event.

Head Coach Sharon Wenn acknowledged the arduous work put in by the swimmers and commented “ We only entered a small Squad team of swimmers at Folkestone, I am very delighted with a third place win and we only lost out to second place by one point. A remarkable performance throughout, well done swimmers “

The final points total at the event was 1st place Folkestone on 260 points, 2nd place Black Lion with 248 points, 3rd place Faversham on 247 points, 4th place Margate 240 points, 5th Place Hythe 201 and 6th place Ashford 163 points.

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