ASA South East Regional Youth Champs
Windsor's National Squad swam against the very best of the region this weekend as Surrey Sports Park and Crawley's K2 Center played host to the Youth Regional Championships 2012.
The men were tested in the sprint events early on Saturday morning. First, Oliver Leonard and Robert Iddiols took 5th and 1st respectively in the 50m Freestyle. Iddiols touched with a time of 23.77 to secure victory, moving one step closer to Olympic qualification in June.
Equally, the girls started well with two bronze medals during the opening session. Lucy Rigby posted a time of 1.16.9 in the 15/16 years age-group 100m Breaststroke to claim third, while teammate Lily Glover produced a terrific swim in the 200m Butterfly to clock a time of 2.21.3 and take home the bronze.
With Windsor trying to qualify as many relay teams as possible for the Youth National Championships this summer, focus shifted at the end of each session towards the team events. On Saturday Windsor's male and female 4x100 Medley squads each placed fourth overall with times that will undoubtedly earn them both a spot at the championships in July.
Similarly, on the second day the men's team of Alex Farrell, Cameron Moffat, Oliver Leonard, and Declan Bourke took bronze in the 4x100 Freestyle Relay with a combined time of 3.40.8, not long after Windsor's girls, Lily Glover, Lucy Campbell, Rebecca Dutfield, and Cassie Pratley strung a series of impressive swims together to take silver in the same event with a time of 4.01.8. Having posted strong times both teams would expect to rank highly among the top clubs in the country.
Returning to the individual events, Campbell and Dutfield both took silvers in the girls' 400m Freestyle in their respective age-groups, while Bourke also placed second for the men. To conclude day one Rigby added to her medal tally with another bronze in the 200m Breaststroke, posting a time of 2.50.4.
On Sunday Windsor managed to convert those close races to victories, boasting of a gold medal in the Women's 100m Butterfly, in which Katie Ambridge tore the field apart with a time of 1.01.7, and another from Oliver Leonard, who, competing in the same event, touched first for the men with a time of 58.6.
Next weekend the squad splits to compete at the Hatfield Open Meet and the Crystal Palace Open Meet. - Robert Iddiols