Beckenham International & Hatfield UK Challenge 2012
Windsor Swimming Club split into two teams this weekend, with some swimmers electing to compete at the Beckenham International Open Meet held at Crystal Palace, while others preferred to race short-course at Hatfield's UK Challenge 2012.
The squad began strongly at Crystal Palace as Flo Claringbold and Lucy Rigby shared gold and silver respectively in the Women's 100m Breaststroke, recording times of 1.16.2 and 1.16.8, which was enough to earn Claringbold a youth national qualifying time. Unsurprisingly, both went on to claim first and second once again in the 50m Breaststroke later in the day.
Nicole Ryan tested herself in the girls' 14/15 years 200m Freestyle and 200m Backstroke, taking silver in both. In the younger age-groups Mathew Burton won the boys' 9/11 years 50m Freestyle with an impressive time of 31.2, while teammate Nimath Ukkash claimed third with a time of 32.5 following a series of tough races throughout the day.
In Hatfield Lily Glover took apart the opposition in the Women's 200m Butterfly, claiming gold with a time of 2.18.7, and later taking silver in the 200m Freestyle. Similarly, Katie Ambridge swam a very close race in the Women's 100m Breaststroke and placed second with a time of 1.12.3 before taking third in the 50m Freestyle shortly after.
On the men's side Robert Iddiols raced against Hatfield's Adam Brown, an Olympic qualifier in the 50m and 100m Freestyle and had to settle for silver medals in both, nonetheless recording solid times of 22.8 and 50.2.
Lastly, Albert Karavis swam a string of personal-best times across the weekend at Hatfield, most notably in the 100m Backstroke, finishing with a time of 1.03.7, almost five seconds faster than his entry time.
In other club news, head coach Matt Heathcock joins Lucy Campbell in Israel this week as she competes at the LEN Cup as part of Britain's Open Water Junior European Team. - Robert Iddiols