Great weekend for Romford Town swimmers
PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 March 2017
Busy boy Mahmood makes his mark
Romford Town Swimming Club headed off in different directions over the weekend as they sent a small team to High Wycombe for the first gala in the National Qualifying window and also took a bumper squad to Kent for the Erith District gala.
Many of the Wycombe sprints were open age group races, making for tough competition, but in the age group swims Lewis Binning and Amelia Moule both got among the medals.
Binning claimed a superb gold in the 400m individual medley, but also added silver in the 100m butterfly, 200mIM, 400 freestyle and 200m butterfly, plus a bronze in the 200m freestyle.
Moule won an excellent gold in the 100m backstroke as well as a silver in the 200m backstroke, while there were many other fine swims from Town swimmers with plenty of personal bests – a great start to positioning themselves in the national rankings.
Over at the Erith Charity meet, medals were awarded to all competitiors with certificates for those finishing in the top three of their age group.
Town started with a flourish as their 10-year-old girls claimed a one-two-three courtesy of Ella Kilby, Lexie O’Connor and Gracie Comitti, and the trio weren’t finished there.
They had another 1,2,3 in the 100m freestyle, before Kilby won the 100m butterfly with Alex Giles third, with Millie Hosler claiming third in her age group.
O’Connor and Comitti got in on the act with second and third in the 200mIM, with 14-year-old Jayne Gimbird winning her age group.
Kilby was at it again as she won her debut 200m butterfly, with 10-year-old Michele Vassileva second in the same age group and big sister Nicole second at under-12 age group, while 14-year-old Amber Mason claimed first place in her age group.
Raheel Mahmood commenced his winning streak in the 100m butterfly and added another incredible 11 victories over the weekend as well as a solitary second place.
Lewis Jarrett, 11, claimed a third in the 100m butterfly and on a busy weekend, won three other events, was second in four and third in another as he showed his versatility.
Robert Moncur and Aidan Fernandes were second and third at under-14 level in the 100m butterfly, before trading places in the 100m breaststroke. Fernandes also added gold in the 200m breaststroke.
It was a good weekend for 12-year-old Connor McCarthy with one first, two second places and a third.
Gimbird and Agne Slipitaite both won races with Luke Marney managing a third, Tierney Rooney, 11, a first and Victoria Dreleva a third place.
Others competing in Erith were Codie McSheffrey and 12-year-old Olivia Humphrey.
Town’s coaches were delighted with the efforts made by the whole team, enhances by being top of the medal table with 34 firsts, 34 seconds and 20 third places, making a total of 88 overall.