SER BAGCAT Championships June 2012
The younger members of Windsor Swimming Club competed in the South East Region 'Bagcat' Championships in Crawley's K2 center last weekend.
For many it marked the culmination of an intense and hard-fought spring season.
Following a two week hiatus dividing the first and second halves of the meet Matthew Burton and Moritz Hoogers displayed no signs of yielding in their quest to maximize their individual 'Bagcat' scores. Hoogers took Gold in the boys' 10 years 200m backstroke with a time of 2.45.4, while Burton placed fourth with 2.49.9.
Similarly, Rebecca Dutfield and Nicole Ryan continued their rivalry in the girls' 14 years 200m freestyle, as Dutfield narrowly got the better of much of the competition in a time of 2.10.4, claiming the silver medal, while Ryan claimed fourth with a time of 2.11.8.
Perhaps the standout swim of the meet came on Sunday morning as 14 year-old Albert Karavis took to the water for the toughest endurance event in the pool. He chewed through the lengths to finish with an outstanding time of 17.12.7, which not only gave him the Gold medal, but also secured a national championships qualifying time. Karavis will rightfully join the squad that travels to Sheffield at the end of this month.
Lastly, 'Bagcat' points were calculated according to each competitor's strengths across all disciplines and distances. After an impressive series of swims over both weekends of racing ten year-old Moritz Hoogers sat atop the list for his age group just in front of teammate Matthew Burton. They finished with totals of 895 and 882 respectively, well ahead of their closest competitors, and testament to the commendable season enjoyed by the Windsor team so far this year. - Robert Iddiols