Romford Town youngsters in fine Essex Championships form with Gencas golden boy
PUBLISHED: 10:30 01 March 2018
Romford Town youngsters had much to celebrate at this year’s Essex Championships, with 15-year-old Daniel Gencas the star of the show.
Gencas shone from the first weekend, where he claimed golds in 100m and 400m freestyle, the 200m medley, butterfly and backstroke.
Block B produced golds in the 50m backstroke, butterfly and freestyle, as well as the 1,500m freestyle, before the final weekend saw Gencas add golds in the 400m medley, 100m backstroke and butterfly and 200m freestyle, plus silver in the 200m breaststroke.
It was no surprise when Gencas claimed the top boy trophy in his age group and Amelia Moule was top 15-year-old girl.
Moule won gold in the 100m freestyle, 200m medley and backstroke, plus silvers in the 400m medley, 200m breaststroke, 50m butterfly and the 50m, 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle events, as well as 100m breaststroke bronze to complete her haul.
Amy Marren won golds in the multi disability category in the 50m freestyle, backstroke and butterfly, while Georgia Milton claimed golds in 400m medley and freestyle, plus silvers in 200m and 800m freestyle and 200m butterfly.
Emily Milton took gold in 200m freestyle, as Jess Ayling won silver in the 50m freestyle and bronze in the 400m.
There was a 100m breaststroke silver for Holly Hagan, plus 50m bronze, while Isabelle Jopson took bronze in 200m and 400m freestyle and Codie McSheffrey added bronze in 50m breaststroke.
Lexie O‘Connor won bronze in the 100m breaststroke, while for the boys Raheel Mahmood won gold in the 10/11-year-old 200m backstroke and silver over 50m, as well as in the 50m, 100m and 200mbutterfly and bronze in the 200m medley for second place in his top boy category.
Lewis Jarrett won silver in his 100m breaststroke in a new best, as Oliver Bath took silvers in the 400m and 1500m freestyle and Jack Ayling took silver in 50m.
Nathan Banga collected bronze in the 1500m freestyle and 400m medley, while Masters swimmer David Ebanks claimed bronze in the 50m breaststroke
The 15-plus relay team of Jack Ayling, Gencas, Banga and Martin Lane took 4x50m freestyle bronze in a gutsy 1.42.66.
Head coach Gary Rogers said: “There have been some fantastic performances by many of Town’s swimmers. Special mention must be made of Daniel Gencas who has produced some seriously impressive times in many of his events, finishing ahead of the competition in the age group above as well.
“Amelia Moule also had some superb swims and is a worthy age group winner. County Championships is just the start of the 2018 competition schedule with our focus on Regionals and Nationals moving forward. A commitment to training and hard work pays off, so we will continue to strive to be the best that we can be.”