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Folkestone Gala 11th February 2012

Faversham Swimming Club returned home with their heads held high from the recent Folkestone Development Gala, after scooping a well deserved third place.

Four of Faversham’s swimmers collected speeding tickets ( badges of honour ) for their speedy swims during the Gala. Eleven year old Georgia Collins cast tears of joy as she collected her ticket
for her sprint in the 50 metre backstroke, slicing over three seconds off her personal best time, stopping the clock at 41.61.

Flora Westlake was awarded her ticket for her performance in the girls 12 years 50 metre freestyle in a personal best time of 35.45. Joseph Russell received a ticket in the boys 10 years 50 metre freestyle, beating his previous time with a personal best 39.17. Whilst Molly Stemp’s determined dash in the girls 10 years 50 metre breaststroke meant she also collected a ticket and touched home in a time of 52.95.

Faversham’s first place winners were Poppy Boorman girls 11 years 50 metre breaststroke (Personal best time 50.34), Richard Catton boys 11 years 50 metre breaststroke, Oliver Nye boys 10 years 50 metre backstroke (P.B.49.46), Flora Westlake girls 15 years 50 metre breaststroke, Dervla Murphy girls 10 years 4 x 25 metre individual medley (P.B.1.47.71). The 9 years and under mixed 4 x 25 metre freestyle relay team, the 9 years and under mixed 4 x 25 metre medley relay team, Joe Wall boys 11 years 50 metre backstroke and 11 years and under 50 metre butterfly, Molly McKenna girls 12 years 4 x 25 metre individual medley and Joanne Hawkins girls 15 years 50 metre freestyle.

Second place was awarded to Emily Holt girls 9 years 50 metre freestyle (P.B.40.16) and 50 metre backstroke (P.B.46.22), Joseph Russell boys 9 years 50 metre freestyle, Rebecca Crouch girls 12 years 50 metre butterfly and ladies 18 years 50 metre  freestyle, Nicola Crouch girls 9 years 50 metre breaststroke. Olivia Hawkins girls 15 years 50 metre backstroke and 11 years 50 metre butterfly, Joanne Hawkins ladies 18 years 4 x 25 metre individual medley, the 11 years and under mixed 4 x 25 metre medley relay team, Flora Westlake ladies 18 years 50 metre breaststroke, Harry McKenna boys 9 years 50 metre butterfly and the 12 years and under 4 x 25 metre medley relay team.

Swimmers snatching third place were the 12 x 25 metre breaststroke squad relay team, Richard Catton boys 12 years 50 metre freestyle (P.B.35.75), Harry McKenna boys 10 years 50 metre butterfly, Blaine Ramsden boys 15 years 50 metre backstroke, Joe Wall boys 12 years 4 x 25 metre individual medley, the 10 years and under 4 x 25 metre mixed freestyle relay team and Lauren Scott girls 10 years 50 metre freestyle. Marty Boorman mens 18 years 50 metre breaststroke, Chloe Bullard girls 11 years 50 metre freestyle, Oliver Nye boys 11 years 50 metre freestyle, Molly McKenna girls 12 years 50 metre backstroke, Richard Catton boys 12 years 50 metre backstroke (P.B.42.93) and the 10 years and under mixed 4 x 25 metre medley relay team.

The Tesco Gala Star was awarded to Ben Wall for some remarkable swims in his first Development Gala. Whilst Francis Nye was all smiles as he collected the  Tesco Gala Shield for swimming in no less than nine separate events.

Other swimmers with personal best times were Molly Stemp in the girls 50 metre butterfly (58.48), Emily Ing girls 50 metre backstroke (55.33), Joe Wall boys 50 metre backstroke (45.64), Chloe Bullard girls 50 metre freestyle (41.48), Marty Boorman boys 50 metre freestyle (34.59) and Joanne Hawkins girls 50 metre butterfly (41.18).

Head Coach Sharon Wenn acknowledged the hard work put in by the swimmers and said “Well done Faversham in taking third place at the Gala, many of you were swimming up in the age groups, you all swam very well ”.

Other clubs who participated were Ashford, Black Lion, Folkestone, Hythe and Margate.

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