Hillingdon Winter Level 1 Meet (2011)
After Windsor received confirmation this week that they can now boast of a ranking position among the top twenty swimming clubs in the country, the squad eyed last weekend's trip to Hillingdon for the Winter Level 1 Open Meet with keen anticipation.
Nicole Ryan (13) began an impressive run of swims with the 400m Freestyle in which she dominated her age group and earned the first of four medals, finishing with a time of 4.36.97. Proving the depth of her talent over the course of the weekend, she went on to place 2nd in the 100m Free and 200m Backstroke, and 3rd in the 100m Back.
Following her qualification two weeks ago for the Olympic trials, Katie Ambridge competed strongly in all the Butterfly events, but punctuated her performance with a superb swim in the 200m. She finished first with a time of 2.15.26, a two-second improvement on her best this season, and now a full three seconds under the trials qualification standard. This ranks her firmly among the country's best, and one suspects she'll now look to challenge for a place on the Olympic Team.
Switching to the boys' side, Ben Goldfinch (13) won the 200m Breaststroke with a time of 2.46.87, and soon after went on to place second in the 200m Individual Medley, swapping places with his nearest rival. Similarly, Alistair Bingham (15) earned Gold in the 200m Backstroke in his age-group, and rounded off the meet with another medal in the 200m IM.
Lastly, Oliver Leonard solidified Windsor's supremacy in the Butterfly events not only with a victory in the Men's 50m Fly, but also with a great swim in the 100m Fly in which he recorded a time good enough to secure him a place on the roster for the National Championships next year.
The team returns to the training pool over the Christmas period before competing again in Sheffield in mid-January.