Swimming: Top six finish for Thurrock in Essex champs

THURROCK Swimming Club celebrated after securing a top six finish in the 2013 Essex County championships.

Competing against other Essex based swimming clubs, the borough team secured 17 individual championship titles, five Age group champions (James Speers, Gracie Mae Martin, Martine Tran, Conor Harrold, Sonny Ford) and amassed over 40 top three podium places reports the Thurrock Gazette.

Leading the way for TSC was James Speers who dominated the nine-year age group, claiming nine championship titles (50 Fly, 50 Breast, 50 Free, 50 back, 100 IM, 200 IM, 200 free, 200 fly, 200 breast), and a silver in the 200 back. Speers also recorded an event best time in the 50 free (32.47). The versatile youngster was also crowned top nine-year-old boy. Another TSC swimmer competing in their first County Championships was Gracie Mae Martin, nine.

She was also in fine form winning gold in the 200 back, silvers in the 50 breast, 200IM, 100IM to add to four bronze medals in the 50 free, 200 fly, 200 breast and 200 free.

Thurrock’s nine-years-old were not finished though with other fine performances including a silver and double bronze for Louis Morris in the 50 back, 200 free and 50 free respectively. Louis went on to record four more top eight finishes, as did James Edgings who secured a hat-trick of top eight finishes in the 50 fly, 50 free and 200IM.

Jack Conroy completed the list of nine-year- old swimmers who made top eight finishes with a seventh in the final of the 50 back. More medals and top eight placings followed in the 10-year age group with Callum Bazella, Eden Astbury and Mia Fursedonne all in form.

Callum swam to silvers in the 400 free and 200 back and followed up with a 50 back bronze. He also secured top eight finishes in a further six events, while the speedy Mia and Eden finished seventh and eighth respectively in the 50 back and 50 free. Making a big splash in the 11 year age group was Martine Tran. Martine was crowned triple Essex Champion, winning titles in the 50 free, 50 fly and 100 back to add to silver in the 50 back. Martine was supported in the 11-year-age group by Sunny Renoldi-Outen and Lewis Cutting. Sunny swam to bronze in the 50 breast, while Lewis recorded top 8 finishes in the 50 fly, 50 back, 100, 200 and 400IM.

More medals were secured in the 12-year age group, with Imagine Stuart scoring a hat trick of bronze medal swims in the 200 fly, 100 back and 400 IM. Also recording notable swims were Luke Crofts who swam to top eight finishes in five events, including a fourth place finish in the 50 fly, Jack Williams with two top eight finishes and Azar Aitmarri who finished seventh in the 200 free.

The 12-year-old line up was completed by Georgia Hobson who missed out on bronze in the 100 fly but secured 7th in the 400 free.

Andrew Martindale and Louis Ridgway competing in the 13-year age category won no less than six medals between them. Freestyle specialist Louis took bronze medals in the 200 and 400 free and just missed out on third in the 100 free.

Meanwhile the impressive Andrew delivered a silver in the 200 fly, bronze in the 200 back, 200 and 400 IM.

Thurrock senior 16-year-old Rebecca Hayes claimed silver in the 400IM, while the recently departed quartet of Conor Harrold, Sonny Ford, Gareth Hawkins and James Day also delivered. Day claimed five top eight finishes, Hawkins claimed a fifth finish in the 100 back event, while Ford was crowned 17 and over 200 fly champ and also bagged fourth place finish in the 100 event. The impressive Conor Harrold swam to a hat-trick of titles in the 50, 100 and 200 back, silvers in the 200IM, 50 and 100 fly and 100 free bronze. Conor recorded event best in the 200 back (2:03) and was crowned top Essex boy.

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