Portsmouth Open Meet July 2012

40 Windsor swimmers had entries for the Portsmouth Northsea End of Season long course meet held 14th and 15th July 2012.

This was a new meet for the Club this season and it was our swimmers last opportunity to compete before the summer break.

For some it was an opportunity to swim at their first competitive long course meet and for some of the more experienced competitors was a chance to improve their PBs and go for gold before the Olympics.

The team was managed by Head Coach Matt Heathcock and Alex Vine and the swimmers responded brilliantly to their encouragement and positive feedback throughout the week-end and in total came away with 29 event wins, a total of 76 medals!!

For the boys there were seven golds for Nimath Ukkash, and three wins for both Moritz and Max Hoogers, for Albert Karavis and for Ben Goldfinch. Other winners were Matthew Burton, Harvey Karavis and Sam Ramsden-Head.

For the girls there were five gold medals for Mollie Perks, including an improved Club Record of in the 400 IM, and event wins for both Bryony Chinn and Millie Routledge.

In addition to the event winners, there were some excellent performances from a number of swimmers who also managed podium places.

For the boys – Joshua Roche (swimming as a 9 year old in the 10 year old category), Reuben Walsh, Ben Quirke, and Rami Elias all claimed medals.

For the girls – Niamh Southall, Hannah Meyrick, Katie Hopkins, Libby Scammel and Cassidy Payne all got onto the podium too.

A number of these performances were particularly noteworthy when considering swimmers were often competing long course for the first time and also that competitors from as far away as Birmingham were competing as well as all the top clubs in the Southern region.

The squad were enthusiastically supported throughout by the brilliant Windsor supporters who managed to retain their usual enthusiasm and vociferous encouragement throughout the week-end.

Matt said "It was a great meet. Windsor swimmers finished a very successful season with some fantastic swimming. Well done to Alex Vine for his achievements with the County squad and Anoushka Dovey with the Early competitive swimmers who all made such a great contribution to the week-end."

All the swimmers and parents can now look forward to the summer break and a return to full training in September.