Swimming: Romford Town quartet qualify for National Open Water Championships

PUBLISHED: 17:30 13 July 2017

The Romford Town squad that will travel to the National Championships in Sheffield next month (pic: RTSC)

The Romford Town squad that will travel to the National Championships in Sheffield next month (pic: RTSC)


The latest news from the Romford Town swimming club

Romford Town Swimming Club’s Lewis Binning, Daniel Gencas, Emily Milton and Georgia Milton have qualified for the National Open Water Championships in Sheffield next month.

The quartet booked their spots for the meet, to be held in Rother Valley, after coming through a regional qualifier in Surrey Quays, with those finishing on the podium going on to compete at the nationals.

Both Binning and Gencas were competing in the under-15s 1.5k race at the meet and both finished in the top three.

Binning won the race in a time of 20 minutes and 18 seconds, followed by Gencas in third in 21.45.

Emily Milton finished third in the girls’ under-16s race, which took place over 3k, recording a time of 43.36.

Sister Georiga took part in the under-19s 5k race and came second after clocking a time of 74.23.

There was also success for Romford Town in two 1k taster races that did not have qualification for nationals on the line. Emilian Jopson came home first in the girls’ under-13s race in 16.57, while Amber Mason won the girls’ under-15s race in 16.48.

There were also another six Romford members in action at the meet, some of whom came close to also booking a spot at the national championships next month.

In the same race that Binning and Gencas qualified from, club mate Nathan Banga finished sixth after recording a time of 22.23 in Surrey Quays.

In the men’s under-19s race, Oliver Bath finished fourth over the 5k course after finishing in a time of 77.38.

Also in action were Ruby Guynan, who was 16th in the girls’ under-13s 1.5k race in 28.30; Isabelle Jopson, who was fourth in the girls’ under-15s 1.5k race in 22.57; Agne Slipaityte, who was eighth in the under-16s 3k race in 47.19; and Georgia Marren who was 12th in the same race in 49.46.

“What a great debut event: 12 swimmers competed and we brought home six medals,” said Romford Town coach Gary Rogers.

“More than that, my swimmers have demonstrated a strength and versatility that shows they are not afraid to try something new.

“The weather has been kind to us, but open water swimming is a tough discipline and I am very proud of all 12 of my swimmers.”

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