Swimmers on course for Games’ trials

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SWIMMING: A great team performance from a group of 30 Maxwell swimmers, ranging from nine to 26-years-old, who competed at the Hillingdon SC Level 1 Open Meeting on Saturday and Sunday December 17/18.

The Maxwell squad produced some great performances with the majority of swimmers achieving PB’s and early season goals or better. Liam O’Brien (15) qualified for the National Youth Championships and the Olympic trials in the 100m freestyle with a time of 56.40s. Joining him is Craig Gibbons (26), who improved on his entry time, winning his 100m freestyle in 50.4s.

Billy Martin (11) made huge improvements in his 200m butterfly achieving 2:36.60s and a national qualifying time.

Many other swimmers were within seconds or even tenths away from also qualifying for the National Championships - David Witham (13) made big improvements in his 100m and 200m backstroke along with good freestyle times and Tom Elgar (16) knocked just over two seconds off his entry time to now be only 0.5s outside of his national time.

David Godridge (18) swam a new PB in the 100m butterfly, while also setting his fastest 200m freestyle time in three years. Godridge also just missed out on his ASA senior national time . Abbie Haward (15) continued what has been an incredible start to the season setting a new long course best in the 100m breaststroke 1:19.00s, two seconds outside of her national time, a three second improvement on her previous best set only a couple of weeks earlier. Emily Martin (14) and Anna Evison (17) both found themselves within seconds of their nationals times for 200m freestyle.

Being so early on in the season this gives them a great training focus for the County Championships and Regionals. Ronan Denton (15) made big improvements in all his events, particularly the 200m backstroke, 50m & 100m freestyle.

Alfie Bones (15) stormed his 400m Medley producing a great personal best leaving him well inside his ASA zonal qualification time and Rhys Hylands (15) had a great 100m freestyle and butterfly setting new personal bests in both events.

The club’s youngest swimmers James Eddy (11), Sebastian Nichols (11) and Ciara Connick-Linley (9) had an awesome meet.

With James improving on many of his entry times, Sebastian having a good 50m freestyle and Ciara gaining good times in her 50m & 200m butterfly events. Zoe Hancock (13) had a great meeting setting new bests, Harry Maishman (12) stormed the 50m freestyle in a time of 28.25s along with great times in his 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke. Maxwell now have four swimmers on their way to the Olympic trials.