Erith and Ojays Charity Open Meet 22nd March 2015

Hawkins Has A  Hat Trick Haul Of Records After Springing Into Action At Charity Open

Fourteen of Faversham Swimming Clubs elite swimmers competed at the recent Spring Charity Open Meet held at Gillingham, club records were sent crashing and personal best times achieved.

Olivia Hawkins scooped a hat trick of club records with perfect performances in all three of her entered events. Fourteen year old Olivia's hard work during training paid off as she grabbed gold in the girls 200 metre individual medley, stopping the clock in a record breaking personal best time of 2.46.19. Her second club record and gold medal win was in the 200 metre backstroke with a personal best time of 2.40.18, bettering were previous time by ten seconds. Olivia's third record was achieved in the 200 metre freestyle, where she scooped a silver medal in a personal best time of 2.25.95.

A hat trick of gold medals were awarded to sixteen year old Rebecca Crouch, including the girls 100 metre backstroke, 50 metre freestyle and 50 metre backstroke. Kia Drake collected a gold medal for her super sprint in the girls 11 years 50 metre freestyle, finishing in a personal best time of 33.38. Jessica Stephens was on top form after her performance in the girls 16 years and over 50 metre butterfly produced gold and a personal best time of 35.56.

Rebecca Crouch stood proud on the podium again as she scooped silver in the girls 16 years and over 100 metre freestyle. Bronze medals were bagged by Emily Holt in the girls 13 years 50metre freestyle. Whilst Emily's younger sister, Bella, received bronze for her performance in the girls 9 years 50 metre breaststroke with a personal best time of 52.90. Eleven year old Eva McIntyre snatched bronze in the girls 100 metre butterfly in a personal best time of 1.30.50. Molly Stemp took bronze in the girls 13 years 50 metre backstroke.

Further personal best times were achieved by twelve year old Nicola Crouch in the girls 50 metre butterfly (43.07) and 200 metre freestyle (2.54.56). Mia Kirk girls 12 years 50 metre backstroke (43.81), Lily Locke girls 13 years 50 metre freestyle (38.20) and 50 metre backstroke (45.53). Molly Stemp girls 13 years 100 metre individual medley (1.27.81) and 50 metre freestyle (35.60). Niah Stemp girls 11 years 50 metre breaststroke (55.75).

Further swimmers competing for Faversham were Samuel Hawkins and Joshua Wilkins.

Open Secretary, Ruth Crouch, acknowledged the achievements of the swimmers and commented 'Congratulations to all our dedicated swimmers who competed at Gillingham. Well done to Joshua, Lily and Jessica who were swimming at their first Open'.

Other Clubs participating at the Open were Beachfield, Beckenham, Black Lion, Bromley, Erith and District, Greenwich Royals, Orpington Ojays, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Southwark Aquatics, Sutton and Cheam, Wandsworth and White Oak.

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