Youth Regionals success for Tasha Hamilton-Walker & Annabel Guye-Johnson
12th May 2016
Guye-Johnson continues success at South East Regional Youth Championship /Hamilton-Walker smashes debut meet
A seven-strong youth team from RTW Monson SC travelled to Portsmouth to compete in the South East Regional Youth Championships Some of the swimmers were looking on improving times for the British National Championships in the summer, while others were relishing the challenge of their first 15 and over year old championship.
The Monson swimmers proved their strength in depth across all strokes and distances.
Once again Annabel Guye-Johnson excelled in all three breaststroke events, back from her successful Olympic trials in Glasgow. First winning the 100m breaststroke (1min 11.29secs) also gaining a new PB and breaking the county record in the 200m (2:32:55) and 50m (33:38). Guye-Johnson also showed her strength in depth going on to win her age group 200m Individual Medley (2:24:40).
An honourable mention must go to Natasha Hamilton-Walker, swimming in her first regional meet, qualifying for a total of six events across both freestyle and butterfly. An extremely well paced 200 freestyle gifted her a maiden final, something she was delighted by.
Others competing were former club captain Callum Ryan, back down from Loughborough University, who made it through to two finals – the 50m and 200m breaststroke. Newly appointed Club Captain Joshua Cruz made his age group final for the 100 butterfly placing 5th as well as having strong swims in the 50m and 200m distances. Simon Newton was also competing in both 50m and 100m butterfly placing 15th in both respectively. Meanwhile James Beele swam a massive PB in the 200m breaststroke, narrowly missing out on a place in the final. Also swimming breaststroke, Stephanie Andrews achieved a final place in the 50m, coming 6th, as well as having strong swims in the 50m freestyle and 100m breaststroke.
Finally, another debutant Lucy Reeves swam a strong 50 freestyle, narrowly missing her PB and placing 20th in her age group.