Halstead Open Meet – Gala Report
Forty-five swimmers travelled to Colchester to compete in Halstead Swimming Clubs 8th Annual Open Meet. Another successful weekend of competition saw Killerwhales leave the pool with twenty-one gold medals, twenty-two silver medals, fourteen bronze, countless PB’s and improved London Regional qualifying times.
In the nine year old age group Jude Nolan-Day continued to show improvement in the 50m events, Jude secured gold in his favourite event the 50m Freestyle in 34.2, this was followed up with two silver medals in the 50m Breaststroke and 50m Backstroke. Christopher Charnick earned a gold medal in the 50m Butterfly with a time of 43.63 while also achieving bronze in the 50m Backstroke. In the same age group Chloe Keegan swam well to win silver in the 50m Breaststroke and a Bronze in the 50m Butterfly.
There were no less than nineteen medals won in the 10 year old age group. Macy Huthwaite and Olivia Cooper didn’t disappoint while continuing to battle it out in the pool, both girls took home three gold medals and two silvers from their five events. The only event they weren’t paired up against each other saw Macy win gold in the 100m Breaststroke with a time of 1:38.79 and Olivia winning gold in the 50m Backstroke in 42.17. Rhys Penfold also had a successful weekend by winning gold in the 100m Backstroke in 1:33.11, this was followed up with three silver medals in the 50m and 100m Freestyle event and the 100m Butterfly, not stopping there Rhys also took home bronze in the 50m Butterfly. Ella Stevenson prevailed in the 100m Backstroke by taking home gold with a time of 1:36.48 with Tom Steadman winning silver in the 50m Butterfly and bronze in the 100m Butterfly. Brooke Gregan finished off the medal haul for the 10 year olds with bronze in the 50m Freestyle event.
In the eleven year old age group Maisie Lawn collected two gold medals, the first coming in the 50m Butterfly in 35.84 and the second in the 50m Backstroke with a time of 38.11. Dylan wood picked up the other medal in this age group with a bronze in the 100m Freestyle.
In the twelve year old age group Noah Jameson Neal touched home in first place to secure gold in the 100m Freestyle in 1:04.44 while also winning six silver medals from the other events he competed in. Matthew Nolan-Day got a hat-trick of bronze medals in the 50m Butterfly, the 100m Butterfly and the 50m Backstroke, with Angus Robertson taking Bronze in the 100m Backstroke. Poppy Holmes rounded off the medals for the twelve year olds with silver in the 50m Butterfly and bronze in the 100m Freestyle.
Twelve medals were won in the 13 year old age group with Aaron Edwards winning gold in the 100m Freestyle in 1:06.46, the 100m Butterfly in 1:19.00 and the 50m Freestyle in 30.93, Aaron also took home silver in the 50m Butterfly. Joshua Frampton took home a pair of gold medals in the Backstroke events, the first coming in the 50m in 37.64 and the next in the 100m in 1:22.83, this was followed up with a bronze in the 100m Breaststroke. Allister Cummins continued to show great improvement in the Breaststroke with gold in the 50m Breaststroke in a very impressive time of 35.26, and then followed up with an equally good swim in the 100m event with a time of 1:15.61. Madeleine Sida had a good swim in the 50m Butterfly which saw her take home gold with a time of 34.7, this was accompanied with a bronze in the 50m Backstroke. Miguel Newman also won a Silver medal in his 100m Butterfly event.
Haashim Hameed won the last of the medals in the 16 years and over age group with two silvers in the 50m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke, followed up with a bronze in the 50m Freestyle.