Romford Town youngsters make splash at London Youth Championships

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 May 2017

Romford Town's 4x200m relay squad

Romford Town's 4x200m relay squad


Squad combine for medals at Aquatic Centre

Romford Town swimmers were out in force at the London Youth Championships at the Aquatic Centre.

Emily Milton, 15, took silver in her first evening, the 400m medley, as older sister Georgia just missed out in fourth place.

The 14 to 16-year-old boys’ 4x100m freestyle relay squad of Lewis Binning, Daniel Gencas, Jude Ward and Aaron Wilson swam an impressive 3.53.40 for sixth place, as Jess Ayling, Emily Milton, Amelia Moule and Agne Slipityte finished seventh in 4.11.71 in the girls’ race.

Ward finished seventh in the 100m backstroke, just 0.24 ahead of clubmate Wilson, and Slipityte, 15, was seventh in her 200m breaststroke, as Ayling, 16, won bronze.

Emily Milton was eighth in the 50m butterfly final, before Emily Milton took fourth in her 200m freestyle, while Georgia Milton finished fifth and Aaron Wilson came home in seventh place in their events.

Sunday morning produced gold and bronze medals for Emily Milton and Slipityte in the gruelling 800m freestyle, while Georgia Milton added silver and Ayling just missed out on a podium in fourth place.

The relay teams then took to the pool again for the 4x200m freestyle and the boys, including Joe Groves, just missed out on a medal in fourth, before the girls swam to a superb silver.

The 200m medley produced three Town finalists, with the Milton sisters finishing fifth and Megan Witton taking sixth, before also placing 10th in the 100m butterfly final.

Hannah Binning made the 50m backstroke final in the 17 & over group, finishing 10th, as Wilson took fifth and then placed seventh in the 50m freestyle final.

Ayling went close again in the 100m breaststroke, while older brother Jack was fourth in the 50m freestyle in 24.56, as half a second split the first four.

Monday’s action began with the 400m freestyle as Wilson finished seventh and Ward took eighth, while Groves, 16, was fifth.

And there were bronze medals for Emily Milton, Ayling and Georgia Milton in their races, as Slipityte took seventh, before the relay squads were seventh in the 4x100m medley.

Jess Ayling took another bronze in the 50m breaststroke, but Georgia Milton just missed out in the 200m backstroke in fourth, before Jude Ward took bronze in his race in 2.18.02, ahead of Groves in sixth.

The 200m butterfly produced silvers for the Milton sisters, while Wilson swam a 100m freestyle best of 57.77 for seventh, as Groves took sixth in his final to give head coach Gary Rogers plenty of cheer ahead of the Age Group Championships this weekend.

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