Bracknell & Wokingham Level 3 Open Meet
27th April 2016
Monson swimmers travelled to Aldershot for the Bracknell and Wokingham level 3 Open Meet. The event, which is becoming a firm favourite in the club’s calendar, is an ideal opportunity for younger swimmers to gain experience competing in a 50m ‘long course’ pool.
The 43 swimmers, aged from 9 to 15, entered an impressive 192 individual events and were rewarded with 27 golds, 14 silvers and 11 bronzes.
Toby Dray (14) was the highest scoring Monson swimmer with gold in the 50m butterfly and 4 silvers in the 100 Fly, 50 backstroke, 200 IM and 200 Fly.
Three swimmers each achieved a hat trick of golds; Alex Turton (11) and Daniel Baker (13) both completed a clean sweep of the breaststroke, winning the 50, 100 and 200m events in their age groups. Lucy Reeves (14) won the 50m free style, 100m free style and 50m butterfly events.
Backstroke specialists Cole Bridges (12) and Ella Ryan (14) both performed well with Cole winning gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke and bronze in the 50back and Ella gold in the 200m and 50m and bronze in the 100 backstroke.
Also bringing home a brace of gold medals, Harry Sinclair (11) in the 50 and 100 Fly, Izzy Mercer (10) in the 100 butterfly and 50 backstroke and Anna Wessels (15) in the 100 backstroke and 50 butterfly.
Alice Killick (15) achieved gold in the 200m freestyle and silver in the 100 freestyle whilst Holly Hobbs (14) won gold and silver in the 50m and 200m breaststroke.
Indigo Gentry (13) and Abigail O'Dwyer (10) won a gold each in the 50 breaststroke and 50 freestyle respectively.
Simon Killick, Monson Swim academy coach said “It is great to see so many of the younger Monson swimmers do so well. Especially those who were competing in their first long course event which can be quite daunting. The weekend was very successful with many PBs, several last minute regional times and a high standard of swimming all round”.
Monson are in action again on the 30th April with swimmers competing at the SE Regional Youth championships. Monson are always looking for new talent and especially aspiring 8 and 9-year-old boys and girls for the Monson Academy to develop as the Monson ‘stars of the future’.
Anyone interested in the in joining RTWM or in the club’s activities should visit the Club website: www.rtwmonson.org with prospective members consulting the New Member Enquiry Page.