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More rewards for Romford Town swimmers

PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 November 2016

Romford Town's Louis Lane, Nathan Banga and Joe Groves with coach Gary Rogers

Romford Town's Louis Lane, Nathan Banga and Joe Groves with coach Gary Rogers

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Youngsters impress at East Ham meeting

Romford Town's Anna-Lucia Fenner with coach Gary RogersRomford Town's Anna-Lucia Fenner with coach Gary Rogers

Romford Town’s younger swimmers came away from East Ham Leisure Centre with plenty of medals after taking on Newham, the University of East London Club and London Aquatic Centre team.

The 200m individual medley was the first event tackled, with nine-year-old Alexandra Giles claiming bronze medal and Amber Mason, 13, taking silver.

The 50m freestyle produced the first gold for nine-year-old Raheel Mahmood, as 13-year-olds Joshua Eguakhide and Nathan Banga won silver and bronze respectively.

And eight-year-old debutants Lexie O’Connor and Charlotte Marshalls-Child began their competitive careers with gold and silver.

There was another gold for nine-year-old Ella Kilby, as Sophia Moule took bronze, and Victoria Dreleva, 11, swam a strong race to claim bronze in her race.

Jayne Gimbird, 13, collected a well-earned silver medal as 14-year-old Agne Slipityte won gold.

The 100m backstroke gave nine-year-old Lewis Jarrett his first gold of the day, with Mahmood settling for silver.

And 11-year-old Ethan Arrowsmith also swam to gold, as 12-year-old Luke Marney took silver and George Giles added bronze.

Banga and Eguakhide claimed another silver and bronze, while Kilby took silver for the girls with Alex Giles claiming bronze.

The 10-year-old Anna-Lucia Fenner collected another Town silver ahead of team-mate Tierney Rooney in bronze medal position, with Gimbird also producing a silver lining.

There were nine more medals for Town in the 50m butterfly events, including golds for Rooney, Dreleva and Slipityte for the girls, plus a bronze from 13-year-old Lauren Braxton.

For the boys, Mahmood and Eguakhide claimed silvers, while Jarrett, Arrowsmith and Banga collected bronze medals.

The 100m breaststroke produced a Romford gold rush as Jarrett, 10-year-old Rhys Penfold and Banga all won their races, along with O’Connor, Slipityte and nine-year-old Codie McSheffrey for the girls.

Silvers went to Mahmood, 11-year-old Connor McCarthy, Marshalls-Child, Kilby and Fenner, as 13-year-old Robert Moncur and 10-year-old Connie Kennedy collected their first medals of the day with bronze.

Session two began with the boys’ 200m medley and golds for Jarrett and Banga, silver for Eguakhide and bronze to Mahmood, McCarthy and Marney.

O’Connor claimed a third gold and Marshalls-Child a third silver in the 50m breaststroke, as McSheffrey and Kilby also claimed gold and silver and 10-year-old Millie Hosler took another silver.

Gimbird and Amber Mason took silver and bronze respectively in the 13-year-old group, as Jarrett and Penford won gold, Mahmood and McCarthy took silver and Moncur added another bronze.

The 100m butterfly produced nine more medals, with gold to Rooney and silver and bronze to 11-year-old training partners Briony Wallis and Jasmine Banga.

Mason took a well-earned gold as did Mahmood, Arrowsmith and Eguakhide, while McCarthy and Banga settled for silvers.

There were 50m backstroke golds for O’Connor and Dreleva, as Alex Giles and Rooney added bronze, while Mahmood and Jarrett had another one-two finish for Town.

Penfold, George Gile and Aidan Fernandes, 13, took bronze medals for their efforts and a long day was wrapped up with the 100m freestyle.

Debutant O’Connor claimed her fifth gold in five swims, as Marshalls-Child collected a fourth silver medal on her first outing.

Kilby also won silver, while Rose Deavin, 11, and Braxton brought more bronze home.

Mahmood and Jarrett finished off their gala with another gold-silver combination, while Penfold claimed bronze, and Arrowsmith added another gold medal to his haul.

McCarthy took bronze, before Banga and Eguakhide wrapped up a stunning meeting in the final heat with silver and bronze respectively.

Romford Town’s assistant head coach Kelsey Richards was very pleased with the outcome of the day’s swimming, saying: “Many of my swimmers are still relatively new to competing and the results show just how well they cope.

“I’m pleased to witness county times and PBs being achieved as well as the medals. Keep up the good work!”

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