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Hythe Gala 28th May 2011

Kendall collects gold treble 

Faversham Swimming Club sent personal best times tumbling at the recent Hythe Development Gala held at Dover Leisure Centre.

Top class performances from three of the squads swimmers earned them speeding tickets ( or certificates of honour ) for exceeding the entry times as specified by the Amateur Swimming Association. Sam Harlow received his tickets for his speedy performances in the boys 10 years 50 metre backstroke in a personal best time of 48.18 and the 50 metre freestyle event with another personal best time of 40.88. Blaine Ramsden’s dash in the boys 11 years 50 metre backstroke and with a personal best time of 42.75 earned him a ticket. Whilst Richard Catton received his for the 10 years 50 metre breaststroke in a personal best time of 53.52.

Faversham held onto a very respectable 5th position in the final points table, despite being six swimmers short who had unavoidable commitments elsewhere.

Young Poppy Cleary was rewarded with the Tesco Gala Star trophy for her performances at the gala. Whilst it was suitably Sam Harlow who received the Tesco Gala Shield.

Faversham’s swimmers rewarded with first place were Olivia Hawkins in the girls 11 yrs 50 mtr backstroke, Flora Westlake girls 12 yrs and under 4 x 25 mtr individual medley ( Personal best time of 1.30.17 ), Molly McKenna girls 11 yrs and under 50 mtr butterfly (P.B.43.36 ), Rebecca Crouch girls 12 yrs and under 50 mtr backstroke, Poppy Cleary girls 12 yrs and under 50 metre freestyle ( P.B.35.64 ). Lydia Scott girls 15 yrs and under 50 metre breaststroke ( P.B.42.65 ) and 18 yrs and under 4 x 25 mtr individual medley ( P.B.1.22.55 ), Joanne Hawkins girls 15 yrs and under 50 mtr backstroke ( P.B.38.55 ), Scott Kendall boys 18 yrs and under 50 mtr backstroke ( P.B.34.30 ), butterfly ( P.B.32.80 ) and freestyle ( P.B.29.89 ).

Second place winners were the 11 yrs and under mixed 4 x 25 mtr individual medley relay team, Oliver Nye boys 9 yrs and under 50 mtr freestyle, Nicola Crouch girls 9 yrs and under 50 mtr breaststroke, Keeley Wrench girls 11 yrs and under 50 mtr freestyle ( P.B.39.08 ). Sam Harlow boys 11 yrs and under 50 mtr freestyle ( P.B.41.55 ), Poppy Cleary girls 12 yrs and under 50 mtr breaststroke ( P.B.48.16 ), Joanne Hawkins girls 15 yrs and under 50 mtr freestyle and Emily Westlake girls 18 yrs and under 50 mtr breaststroke.

Swimmers in third place were the 9 yrs and under mixed freestyle relay team, Emily Holt girls 9 yrs and under 50 mtr freestyle ( P.B.44.05 ), Oliver Nye boys 9 yrs and under 50 mtr butterfly and 10 yrs and under 4 x 25 mtr individual medley, Poppy Boorman girls 10 yrs and under 50 mtr breaststroke ( P.B.54.84 ). Blaine Ramsden boys 12 trs and under 50 mtr backstroke ( P.B.43.11 ), Keeley Wrench girls 11 yrs and under 50 mtr breaststroke ( P.B.50 59 ), Richard Catton boys 12 yrs and under 50 mtr freestyle, Rebecca Crouch girls 12 yrs and under 50 mtr butterfly. Joanne Hawkins girls 18 yrs and under 50 mtr backstroke ( P.B.38.58 ), Emily Westlake girls 18 yrs and under 50 mtr freestyle, Scott Kendall boys 18 yrs and under 4 x 25 mtr individual medley and 50 mtr breaststroke.

Other swimmers with personal best times were Nicola Crouch girls 4 x 25 mtr individual medley ( 1.51.61 ), Harry McKenna boys 50 mtr backstroke ( 52.42 ) and breaststroke ( 1.01.27 ), Dervla Murphy girls 50 mtr freestyle ( 46.06 ), Blaine Ramsden boys 50 mtr butterfly ( 52.08 ), 4 x 25 mtr individual medley ( 1.40.22 ) and 50 mtr backstroke ( 43.11 ) and Keeley Wrench girls 50 mtr breaststroke ( 50.59 ).

The final points table was 1st Black Lion with 242 points, 2nd place Hythe 240 points, 3rd place Dover 234 points, 4th Folkestone 218, 5th Faversham 214 and 6th Ashford 183 points.

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