From Eilat to Aldershot and Maidenhead!
Windsor swimmer Lucy Campbell earned a place on the podium during last week's European Open Water LEN Cup. Competing against many of the best open-water swimmers in Europe, Campbell swam ten laps of the circuit in Eilat, Israel in approximately two hours to take the bronze medal back to British shores. At just sixteen years of age it is a truly remarkable achievement, and signals toward a very bright future in the sport.
On Saturday Campbell returned to Windsor with head-coach Matt Heathcock in time to oversee the rest of the team as it raced at two meets over the weekend. Windsor Swimming Club held its own Level 3 meet at the Magnet Leisure Center, while Bracknell and Wokingham Swimming Club held its Level 1 meet at the Garrison pool in Aldershot.
As early as the opening session of the meet at the Magnet Windsor stamped their mark on the competition by claiming first and second place in the girls' 14 years-and-over 50m Freestyle. Katherine Delaney and Abigail Goldfinch finished with times of 29.9 and 30.9 respectively to share the top spots on the podium.
Shortly after, the boys replicated their female teammates by again placing first and second in the 12 years 50m Breaststroke; Ben Quirke and Harvey Karavis posted times of 41.8 and 42.5 to share the winnings.
Meanwhile in Aldershot, senior team member Robert Iddiols took gold in the Men's 50m and 100m Freestyle, dominating the events with times of 24.0 and 52.6. Similarly, Katie Ambridge won the Women's 100m Breaststroke with a strong time of 1.15.3.
In the younger age-groups Matthew Burton swam well in the 12 years 200m Butterfly and 200m Freestyle, earning silver in both. Not to be outdone, 11 year-old Nimath Ukkash capped an impressive weekend's racing by claiming gold in the 100m Freestyle for his age-group with a personal best time of 1.09.5, which followed a string of personal best times and podium finishes throughout the meet.
Overall it was an extraordinary week for the club, and the team will undoubtedly look to capitalize on its momentum going in to next weekend at the South-East Region 'Bagcat' Championships. - Robert Iddiols