Canterbury Open 2nd April 2011

Swimmers make waves in Canterbury 

Eight of Faversham’s elite swimmers made waves that rocked the oppositions boat at the recent Canterbury Open.

Deadly duo Rebecca Crouch and Tom Guthrie both sent two of Faversham’s  records crashing, Rebecca’s astonishing performance in the girls 200 metre backstroke event stopped the clock at a record breaking time of 3.01.93. Whilst Tom Guthrie clipped two seconds off the current boys 200 metre breaststroke record, finishing in a time of 2.59.63.

Young swimmer Olivia Hawkins shed tears of joy after beating her own personal best times in the girls 50 metre freestyle and backstroke events. Olivia’s sensational backstroke performance earned her a well deserved silver medal position. Silver medal was also awarded to Lydia Scott in the girls 12 years 50 metre freestyle in a time of 32.19. She also claimed a well earned bronze medal in the 50 metre breaststroke (43.60).

Faversham’s elite eight were Joe Wall, Richard Catton, Olivia Hawkins, Flora Westlake, James Guthrie, Rebecca Crouch, Lydia Scott and Tom Guthrie.

Head Coach Sharon Wenn said “ This was a very high level Open, so to come away with two second places and two third places was very pleasing “.

Personal Best times were achieved by Joe Wall boys 50mtr breaststroke (51.53), Olivia Hawkins girls 50mtr freestyle (38.38) and 50mtr backstroke (42.29), Flora Westlake girls 50mtr breaststroke (43.90) and 200mtr breaststroke (3.30.39). James Guthrie boys 50mtr freestyle (33.68), backstroke (40.45) and 200mtr individual medley (3.06.57), Tom Guthrie boys 200mtr backstroke (2.43.35) and 200mtr freestyle (2.26.09).

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