Romford Town youngsters in medal behaviour at London Regional Championships

PUBLISHED: 14:30 01 June 2018

Some of Romford Town's medalists from the Regional Championships

Some of Romford Town's medalists from the Regional Championships


Romford Town have enjoyed plenty of medal success in the first two rounds of the Regional Championships at the London Aquatic Centre.

Daniel Gencas claimed silver in the youth category 1500m freestyle in 17.19.76, as Nathan Banga just missed out in fourth and Georgia Milton was fifth on her debut over the distance.

Agne Slipityte won bronze in her 400m medley and Milton, Michelle Curry, Jess Ayling and Zeina Yacoub took silver in their 4x100m freestyle relay, as the two younger squads finished eighth.

Amelia Moule won 100m backstroke gold and Gencas took bronze in his race, then added silver in the 50m butterfly at the end of the day.

The second day of competition began withh Slipityte taking bronze in the 800m freestyle, while Banga claimed silver on his debut in the event.

And there was a 200m medley bronze for Gencas, who added more in the 100m butterfly and 50m backstroke, with Moule third in her race.

Jess Ayling just missed out on 100m breaststroke bronze, before Gencas took silver in the 50m freestyle and Jack Ayling finished fourth in his final in a new best.

Day three began with Gencas storming to gold in the 400m freestyle, before Curry, Ayling, Yacoub and Milton won 4x100m medley relay bronze.

And after Gencas added a superb silver in the 200m backstroke, Yacoub just missed out on 100m freestyle bronze, before Gencas addeed another silver in his race.

Town finished eighth out of 36 clubs, with Gencas pipped to the top boy spot by one point with Banga ninth in the standings. Moule was fourth among her age group.

Younger swimmers aged 11 to 14 competed over two weekends, with Victoria Dreleva fourth in 100m butterfly, 50m and 100m freestyle.

Dreleva’s perseverance finally paid off as she made it onto the podium to claim bronze in the 50m butterfly, while Connor McCarthy took fourth in his 400m freestyle final, having finished sixth on his 800m freestyle debut and seventh in the 1500m.

Holly Hagan was fifth in her 50m and 100m breaststroke swims as Town’s youngsters managed to finish in 22nd place out of 37 clubs.

Dreleva was an impressive fifth in the 13-year-old girls’ category, with one more weekend of competition before the national qualifying window closes.

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