The relay events held on the final weekend of the Surrey County Championships always provide plenty of excitement. All our teams swam well with many of our younger swimmers competing for the first time in a major competition. In total we won 4 silver and 2 bronze medals which is a huge improvement over last year, see table below for our medal winning teams. With a total of 69 medals this year for the whole competition it has been our best haul since 2008 and really demonstrates the great improvement that has resulted from the restructuring that we implemented in the autumn of 2013. Well done to all those who competed.
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This weekend saw Kingston Royals swimmers competing at both the Guildford Spectrum and Crystal Palace in the last of the individual events of this year’s Surrey County Championships where a further six gold, eleven silver and seven bronze medals took the total medals won this year to sixty three. A further 42 finalist places (top eight) were achieved. The number of medals won this year is the best the club has seen since 2008 – and the relays are still to go. This weekend’s races included the last of the 100m and 200m events and then the fast and furious 50m sprints at Crystal Palace on Sunday. It was a particularly good weekend for ten year old Rafe Bletso who picked up two golds, three silvers and one bronze. Meanwhile Yasmine Hamerlaine added a further two gold medals to the two she had won earlier in the championships. Finn Harman and Tegan Lessey were the remaining gold medalists, both getting well deserved first places in the 50m freestyle. Next Saturday (29th March) is the relays and the conclusion of this year’s Surrey Championships.
Guildford Spectrum again played host to another weekend of the Surreys where KRSC swimmers competed in the 200m IM, 200m Back, 200m Fly, 100m Back and 100m Fly events. As a club we are now in third place (out of twenty five) according to Meet Mobile having just given up second in the last event of Sunday's races. Over the two days we won three golds, nine silvers and six bronze medals. We have now equalled our total medal tally from 2013 and still have three more days to go. Dylan Conway won gold in the 200m Fly with Thomas Urry picking up gold in the 200m IM and 100m Back events. Details of all medal winners are below. Next weekend, 22th/23th March sees us visit both the Guildford Spectrum and Crystal Palace (CP) with the relays being competed at CP on the 29th March.
Kingston had a great start to the Surrey County Championships this weekend which were held at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. The focus was on the long distance events including the 1500m, 800m, 400m freestyle events and the 400m IM. These are all hard races but we won a magnificent 14 medals; our highest total for a number of years. Well done in particualar to Yasmine Hamerlaine, Lily Anderson and Thomas Urry who all became Surrey Champions in their respective events. We also had many great Top 8 finishes with a number of our swimmers agonisingly missing out on a medal place by hundredths of a second. The full results are available on Meet Mobile, and should be published on the Surrey Swimming website in the next few days. Well done to all those who competed, some for the first time. Our medal winners are listed in the table below:
Friday 31st January was the club's inaugural "Last Chance Gala" at The Malden Centre. It was a fantastic, if frantic, occasion with twelve swimmers getting their first Surrey times while many, many others managed to qualify for new events. And by the end of the evening KRSC had a grand total of 75 swimmers qualifying for 519 individual events at this year's Surrey County Championships. An incredible achievement and a record for the club. Among our qualifiers are eight swimmers who have qualified for all events in their age groups: Louis Davies, 9 (performance juniors), Mikayla McCall 9, (performance juniors), Jude Boden, 11 (performance nationals), Ollie Jeffery, 12 (performance nationals), Tegan Lessey, 12 (performance nationals), Lucy Hawley, 13 (performance nationals), Dylan Conway, 13 (senior performance) and Issei Kuzuki, 13 (senior performance). As well as all the swimmers, congratulations must go to all our coaches who have worked so hard to get our swimmers to this point. And finally, a massive thank you to those who helped out on the evening, in particular Ross Thomson who put the whole thing together.