Alton Swimmers Shine at County Champs

The 2017 Hampshire ASA County Championships were held over three weekends between 28th January and 12th February. We sent our biggest ever team of 49 swimmers competing across the full range of individual and relay events in all age groups. The first weekend of long-course events at the Mountbatten Centre saw some great performances, big PBs and two medals: bronze for Lottie Jackson in the Age 12 400m Individual Medley and silver for Katie Pengilley in the Age 13 800m Freestyle. Katie also just missed out on a medal in the 400m Freestyle finishing 4th.

The action moved to Waterlooville for the second weekend of short-course individual events in the age 14/Under category. There were some excellent performances over the two days, many personal best swims and finalists in all age groups: Thomas Duddridge (Age 10/11 category) was 5th in the 50m Butterfly final; Lottie Jackson (12) silver in both 100m and 200m Butterfly, 4thin 50m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke and 5th in 200m Individual Medley; Lucy Sampson (12) 5th 100m Breaststroke and 6th50m Breaststroke; Katie Pengilley (13) 5th 200m Freestyle and 8th 100m Freestyle; Lucy Steiner (13) 8th 50m Butterfly; Kai Jackson (13) 7th 100m and 200m Breaststroke, 8th 50m Butterfly; Henry Plewes (13) 4th 200m Butterfly and 7th 100m Butterfly; Alex Sandberg (13) 6th 50m Freestyle and 8th 100m Freestyle; George Dominy (13) 4th 100m and 200m Breaststroke, 8th 50m Breaststroke; Mia Spencer (14) bronze at 100m and 200m Backstroke, both in new club record times, 4th 50m Backstroke; and Oliver Malkin (14) 7th 200m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle, 8th 100m Backstroke.

The final weekend saw the older swimmers competing at the Mountbatten Centre and there were some notable successes. Joanna Clifford (15) produced 11 PBs from 11 races including 4th 200m Butterfly and 6th at 50m and 100m Butterfly; Katherine George (15) also produced a clean sweep of PBs in her nine races setting a new club record in the 50m Backstroke finishing 5thin the final and 6th in the 50m Freestyle; Ella Hamilton (15) won gold at 200m Breaststroke and bronze over the 100m distance setting new club records; Ben Williams (15) won bronze at 50m Butterfly and was 6th in the 50m Freestyle and 7th for 100m Butterfly; Jess Cross (16) won gold in her age group for 50m Butterfly and silver at 100m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley, the latter two in club record times; Rebecca Alder (16) won gold at 100m Backstroke and silver over 200m setting new club records in both events; Aron Thuroczy (16) also set a new club record in finishing 5th in the 100m Backstroke; club captain Naomi Van Dongen (17/over category) produced a clean sweep of gold medals at all three breaststroke distances and finished 4th in the 200m IM, all swims producing new club records; Joe Massey (17/Over) won bronze at 100m Butterfly in a club record time; and Jerome Greig set a new club record finishing 6th in the 400m Freestyle.

Overall Alton swimmers produced 125 personal bests, broke 31 club records and won 18 medals – a very successful campaign. Head Coach, Shaun Dominy, was happy with the club’s performance: “I was delighted that we achieved our highest ever number of qualifiers in the 2017 championships. Well done to all the swimmers who made counties for the first time in the 10/11, 14 and 15 age groups. Overall, we had finalists in every session and this is an achievement in itself as the standard of swimming has improved across the county”.