Hillingdon Swimming Club youngsters pitched their skills against top swimmers from all over Britain at national meets in Sheffield and Guildford and stormed home with an impressive array of medals
Members of Hillingdon Borough Elite Swim Team (HBEST) headed to Ponds Forge International Sports Centre for the Sheffield Premier Meet and then to Surrey Sports Park for the Guildford meet.
Both events offered not only the chance to win races but also the opportunity to qualify for the 2015 British Summer Championships, traditionally the pinnacle of the yearly swimming calendar
Sheffield winners included Alfie Collins, who netted four medals in the 14 years and under age group - gold in the 400m IM and 200 IM as well as bronze in the 200m Butterfly and 400m Freestyle.
Jemima Hall won the 400m Freestyle and 800m Freestyle in the 13 years age group and 12-year-old Ceara Barber won the 14/Under 200m Backstroke.
There were also superb performances from the more senior swimmers including lifetime best times in the 200 IM and 50m Breaststroke from Lauren O’Connor and in the 50m Breaststroke from Brad O’Connor, both in the 15 years and over group.
Head coach John Adye said: “This race practice was ideal preparation for the next Qualifier. I look forward to seeing the squad build upon these performances at these meets.”
And build upon them they certainly did at the two-day Guildford meet, where Hillingdon brought home 15 gold medals and finished second in the running for the Top Visiting Club Award.
old medals went to: Ellis Morgan, 50m Butterfly; Amirah Otulana, 50m Freestyle; Billy Lee-Knowles, 50m and 100m Freestyle, Ruby Fraser ,100m, 200m and 400m Freestyle and Sean-Patrick McGowan, 100m and 200m Butterfly, all competing in the 12 year-old age group.
Molly Thompson, 50m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke in the 14 year-old group; Loulou Vos, 200m Freestyle, Melanie Hall, 400m Freestyle and Mitchell Adams, 200m Butterfly, all in the 16 year-old group, and Lauren O’Connor who won the 100m Butterfly in the Open category.