Faversham Swimmers Are No Chumps At Indoor Champs
Faversham Swimming Club held their annual Indoor Age Group Championships recently, with forty seven of the clubs swimmers participating.
The Faversham Club members treated the spectators to some breath-taking performances throughout the championships. Races were swam over 25, 50 and 100 metre distances, with many of Faversham's younger swimmers competing races for the first time.
The championship’s had the home crowd on their feet as the gruelling multi-stroke Skins competition commenced. The Skins event see's the six fastest swimmers from each gender pitted against each other in the pool, each stroke race is picked blindly from a bag with the slowest swimmer in each race leaving the pool until two victors remain.
In the girls event fourteen year old Lauren Scott put in a remarkably strong swim to touch home in third place, which left a dual in the pool between sixteen year old Rebecca Crouch and fifteen year old Olivia Hawkins. After a striking start off the blocks Crouch and Hawkins were locked in combat. Both swimmers showed bags of grit and determination as they surged to the end of the first length, as the girls turned for the final 25 metres it was Hawkins who found a final burst of speed which earned her the first place win.
The on looking crowd were treated to some superb swimming during the boys competition with three of Faversham’s finest battling to seize the number one podium position. Seventeen year old Marty Boorman took third place after supplying the cheering crowds with some sensational swims. The final saw two of Faversham's super sprinters facing each other, eighteen year old Ben Collins and eighteen year old Tom Guthrie. The breaststroke was drawn and at the echo of the starting gun, the boys flew from the blocks with both swimmers giving everything they had left at the turn it was Guthrie who edged ahead with Collins desperate to find something left in the tank, the final metres saw Guthrie reach for the line and claim a first place win.
Two of Faversham's swimmers broke club records during the Indoor Championships, Olivia Hawkins claimed two new records in the girls 15 years 100 metre butterfly and 100 metre individual medley. Whilst Max Fordyce shattered the club record in the boys 10 years 100 metre individual medley.
First place winners in the girls events were Nina Connell 8 years 25 metre freestyle and breaststroke, Bella Holt 9 years 50 metre backstroke, freestyle, breaststroke and 100 metre individual medley. Charlotte Jarvis 10 years 50 metre backstroke, Jasmin Williams 10 years 50 metre freestyle, Sophie Molton 11 years 100 metre backstroke, freestyle and individual medley, Morgen Jan 11 years 100 metre butterfly, Eliesha Skinner 11 years 100 metre breaststroke. Kia Drake 12 years 100 metre backstroke, Eva McIntyre 12 years 100 metre butterfly, freestyle, breaststroke and individual medley. Emily Holt 13 years 100 metre backstroke, butterfly and individual medley, Ruby Scott 13 years 100 metre freestyle and breaststroke, Molly Stemp 14 years 100 metre backstroke and breaststroke, Lauren Scott 14 years 100 metre butterfly, freestyle and individual medley. Olivia Hawkins 15 years 100 metre backstroke, butterfly, freestyle, breaststroke and individual medley. Rebecca Crouch 16 years 100 metre backstroke, butterfly, freestyle, breaststroke and individual medley.
First place winners in the boys events were Ethan Sharman 9 years 50 metre backstroke and breaststroke, Edward Smith 9 years 50 metre freestyle, Max Fordyce 10 years 50 metre backstroke, butterfly, freestyle, breaststroke and individual medley. Harrison Scott 11 years 100 metre backstroke and individual medley, Patrick McIntyre 11 years 100 metre freestyle and breaststroke, Jamie Spice 12 years 100 metre backstroke, butterfly and individual medley. Samuel Hawkins 12 years 100 metre freestyle, Adam Platt 12 years 100 metre breaststroke, Kian Skinner 13 years 100 metre backstroke and freestyle. Marty Boorman 17 years 100 metre backstroke, butterfly, freestyle, breaststroke and individual medley. Tom Guthrie 18 years 100 metre backstroke, freestyle and breaststroke, Ben Collins 18 years 100 metre butterfly and individual medley.