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Swimmers defy snow

PUBLISHED: 13:57 26 December 2010

Romford Town swimmers defied the cold at Hillingdon

Romford Town swimmers defied the cold at Hillingdon

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Sheridan shines at Hillingdon

Romford Town swimmers defied the wintry weather to enjoy plenty of success at the Hillingdon Open.

Elena Sheridan started things off with a 100m and 200m breaststroke double, while Jessica Ayling added gold and Riva Siggins silver in their 200m outings.

Holly Hilldrew, 11, and Amy Harris, 13, added further silvers over 200m, before Siggins and Jodie Whitehead picked up golds in the 100m.

Hannah Binning and Amy Harris added silver and bronze in their respective swims, before Ayling and Siggins took silver over 50m and Whitehead picked up bronze.

The 400m medley saw Sheridan beat European Junior 200m backstroke champion Karley Mann to gold, while Sophie Ward and Brock Whiston added silvers and Jack Ayling set a new personal best.

Ward claimed bronze in the 200m medley, before Hilldrew took 100m butterfly silver.

Mitchell Wilson, Calum Connelly and Charles Sturley all won gold in their 50m butterfly outings, while Thomas Badley took silver in the 100m backstroke and Wilson bronze in 200m freestyle.

Some competitors did not return for the second day of competition, after horrendous journeys home, but Hilldrew won 400m freestyle gold as Sheridan had to settle for silver behind rival Mann.

Jack Ayling pipped Connelly to silver in the boys race, before Sheridan and Whiston added 200m butterfly golds.

Hilldrew and Ward picked up silvers before Wilson claimed a brace of bronze medals in 200m medley and 200m breaststroke.

Sheridan claimed her third gold in the 200m freestyle, as Hilldrew and Ward added bronze, then added bronze in the 200m backstroke to complete another fine haul.

Town’s Amy Marren is a step closer to the 2012 Paralympics.

Marren has been named to the Great Britain Disability World Class Development squad for 2011, just one level below the World Class Podium group for those expected to win medals at the London Games.

Club spokesman Kevin Engstrom said: “Selected as only one of 10 swimmers in the country to the Development squad, Amy can now look forward to even harder work in the new year, along with the rest of her teammates.”

*Zoe Kearns was the star performer for Killerwhales at the Hillingdon Gala.

Nine-year-old Kearns claimed a superb nine medal haul, which included four golds, four silver and a bronze, with a host of Essex qualifying times.

Kearns won her 400m medley, 400m freestyle, 200m butterfly and backstroke swims, with silvers in 200m medley and freestyle and 50m butterfly and backstroke.

A bronze in the 50m breaststroke completed her weekend’s work.

Harry Fox also swam extremely well to win gold in his 100m and 200m backstroke.

Fox added silvers in 200m and 400m freestyle and 200m medley, with bronze in 50m and 100m freestyle and 50m breaststroke making it eight medals in total.

Connor Kearns won gold in 50m butterfly and a hat-trick of bronze medals in 50m freestyle, 200m breaststroke and 400m medley on his return from flu.

George Crow claimed the club’s other gold, in 50m backstroke, with bronze in the 100m and 200m races.

There were silver medals for Kieran Goodwin and Katinka Merchan in their 50m backstroke swims, while Charlie Fox picked up bronze in his favoured 200m butterfly.

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