Killerwhales come good on county stage

PUBLISHED: 11:00 27 February 2015

Killerwhales face the camera at the Essex Championships

Killerwhales face the camera at the Essex Championships


Members combine for impressive medal haul

Killerwhales were able to reflect on an impressive Essex Age Group Championships after landing 11 golds, eight silvers and two bronze in the final block.

A 47-strong squad produced excellent individual and relay performances, resulting in no fewer than 177 personal bests.

Lewis Clifford-Stephenson led the way in the 17 and over group with golds in his 50m and 100m breaststroke, in 27.24 and 61.84 secs, plus wins in his 50m and 100m freestyle, in 22.48 and 49.67.

All were Essex best times, while Katinka Merchan won 50m backstroke gold in a new best of 29.42 and the 100m gold in a personal best of 63.58.

Amy Statham won 50m breaststroke gold in 33.65 and the 100m title in 73.02, while Grace Gilroy took silvers in the 50m in a best of 33.69 and 200m in 2:37.33, plus bronze in the 100m in 1:14.60.

Gilroy completed her full set with gold in the 100m medley in a best of 1:06.75.

Lisa Murphy mastered the longer races with 800m freestyle gold in a best of 9:26.21, plus silver over 400m in a best of 4:34.09.

Alex Merchan and Maria Posnett were placed in two finals and Toby Andrews another.

Gabrielle Connell was fifth in the 16-year-old 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle, as Victoria Bishop placed in six events with a best of sixth in the 200m medley.

Tilly Pearson reached five finals in the 15-year-old age group, with three bests, and Lucie Davis (800m freestyle) and Brianna Cummins (200m butterfly) set bests in their finals.

Daniel Sida won 100m freestyle silver in the 14-year-old age group, plus bronze over 200m, both in new personal bests and reached three other finals.

There were seven finals for Karis McGuirk, with a 400m medley time of 5:39.66, and Haashim Hameed set a best of 1:02.55 in his 100m freestyle final.

Sam Little was fourth in his 50m freestyle in a best of 29.42, with Allister Cummins eighth in his 100m breaststroke in 1:32.63.

Harrison Rider won 50m freesyle silver in 31.31, while Noah Jameson-Neal set three bests in his three finals.

Matthew Nolan-Day, Cydnie Peterson and Angus Robertson also swam bests in their finals, before Killerwhales enjoyed relay success.

The 15 and over girls won 200m medley gold, while the boys took silver in their event and in the 200m freestyle.

The 14-year-old boys won freestyle silver, but the 11/12-year-olds were pipped to bronze.

Other personal best swims: Alex Middleton, Calvin Gowers, Charlie Brewster, Charlie Rouse, Chloe Brewster, Chloe Cornhill, Christopher Stephens, Daisy Nolan-Day, Daniel Robinson, Frances Peterson, Francesca Thomas, George Cullender, Jade Braybrooke, Jessica Statham, Jonathan Cox, Joshua Frampton, Kate Hill, Katie Fitzwater, Luke Bishop, Madeleine Sida, Nathan Grey, Sacha Thomas, Thomas Dudman, Yasmin Kadhim.

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