Magnificent 47 medals at Maidstone Meet
Faversham S.C. brought home a staggering 47 medals when they competed at the Maidstone Open held at Maidstone Leisure Centre last weekend. They were racing against swimmers from Gravesend & Northfleet, Herne Bay, Larkfield, Sevenoaks and Sittingbourne & Milton as well as the host club Maidstone S.C.
Nathan Williams swam to victory in three out of four of his races, winning gold medals in the 14 yrs. 50m & 100m fly plus the 50m backstroke. He completed his collection with a super silver medal in the 100m freestyle.
Nine year old Molly Fordyce also topped the podium in the 9 yrs. 50m breaststroke and 100m freestyle recording a personal best time (PB) of 1.24.35. She snatched silver in the 50m backstroke (46.76 PB), a bronze in the 100m breaststroke (1.51.40 PB) and a 4th place in the 50m freestyle. Great gold medals were also won by Eva McIntyre (14 yrs. 50m breaststroke 39.54 PB), Max Fordyce (12 yrs. 100m breaststroke) and Molly Fletcher-Hebden (14 yrs. 100m breaststroke).
Emily Holt’s determination was rewarded with silver medals in all her races. She gained a Kent Consideration Time (KCT) in the 15 yrs. 100m backstroke (1.14.30 PB) and improved her KCT in both the 50m fly (33.53 PB) and 200m Individual Medley (2.37.82 PB). Emily’s fourth silver medal was won in the 100m fly. Bella Holt was also in fine form not only winning three silver medals but improving her KCTs in all her races. She won silvers in the 11 yrs. 50m freestyle (32.92 PB), 100m freestyle (1.11.59 PB) and 50m breaststroke. Bella then gained a 4th place medal in her 100m breaststroke (1.37.94 PB).
Mia Kirk achieved podium finishes in all her races, gaining not only PBs, but KCTs in everything she swam. Mia won a silver medal in the 15 yrs. 50m fly (33.53 PB), 50m backstroke (35.86 PB) and 50m freestyle (30.95 PB). She finished her medal collection with a bronze in the 100m freestyle (1.06.41 PB). Medal winning swims were achieved by Molly Fletcher-Hebden in all her races too. She won silver in the 14 yrs. 50m breaststroke and 100m fly, bronze in the 50m fly (35.11 PB) and 50m freestyle with a 4th place in the 100m freestyle.
Ten year old Neve Smith snatched silver medals in her 10 yrs. 50m breaststroke (45.41 PB) and 50m fly. Her 50m breaststroke swim secured her a Kent qualifying time (KT) and her 100m freestyle race gained her an improved KT (1.15.83 PB) plus a bronze medal.
Max Fordyce secured silver in his 12 yrs. 50m breaststroke, a bronze in the 50m fly and a 5th place in the 100m freestyle. A silver medal was won by Eva McIntyre in the 50m fly along with 5th places for her 50m freestyle and 200m I.M. The final bronze medal was scooped by Luke Butterfill in his 11 yrs. 100m freestyle race.
Medallists also included 4th places by Keira Drury (9 yrs. 50m breaststroke 55.19 PB), Oscar Williams (11 yrs. 100m freestyle) and Sophie Molton (13 yrs. 50m freestyle). Oscar continued his success with 5th place medals in 50m breaststroke (54.10 PB), 50m backstroke and 6th in the 50m freestyle. Sophie placed 5th in her 50m backstroke and 6th in the 200m I.M. (3.01.78 PB). Strong swimming by Jenna Appleton gained her PBs in all four of her races too.
The Faversham swimmers have one more competition at Medway Park in December when they attend the Bromley Christmas Gold Meet. This will be their final chance to secure Kent times for 2018.