Terry Fitzgerald Memorial Gala 2017
Twenty three swimmers from Killerwhales travelled to Hastings to compete in the annual Terry Fitzgerald Memorial meet. The Hastings meet proved to be yet another successful weekend for Killerwhales, as well as winning the Top Boy, Top Girl and visiting club award the swimmers achieved a total of nine Essex Qualifying times, eighty-two personal best times, twenty-seven gold medals, twenty-eight silver medals and twenty three bronze. It was also a great opportunity for parents, swimmers and coaches across different squads to socialise outside of the pool.
We had seven swimmers competing in the nine year old age group, Charlie Rogers earned three gold medals throughout the day, the first came in the 200m Individual Medley event with a time of 3:47.62, the next followed in the 200m Breaststroke in 4:01.30 and then in the 50m Breaststroke in 52.26. Christopher Charnick collected two golds in the 50m Butterfly in 42.18 and in the 200m Backstroke with a time of 3:18.78, not stopping there Christopher went on to scoop a hat-trick of silver medals and two Essex Qualifying times. Eleni Caira prevailed in the 200m Freestyle event with gold and a time of 3:05.62 and then went on to win a silver in the 50m Butterfly. Other swimmers in this age group were Luca Biagoni who won silver in the 50m Breaststroke and a bronze in the 200m Freestyle, Cayden Shanahan who won his first medal with a Bronze in the 50m Butterfly and Aimee Dudman and Oliver Robinson.
Four swimmers competed in the ten year old age group, Olivia Cooper swam well and took home three gold medals in the 100m Backstroke in 1:26.43, the 200m IM in 2:57.01 and in the 50m Backstroke in 41.09. Ella Stevenson also picked up five medals in total, the first gold medal came in the 50m Freestyle with a good time of 36.83, Ella then continued to show good form in the 100m Freestyle with a time of 1:24.66. Ella took home three more silver medals in the 200m Freestyle, the 100m Breaststroke and the 50m Backstroke. Brooke Gregan had a good meet as well, three silvers medals came in the 50m and 200m Freestyle and the 200m IM. Harry Pengelly swam well but narrowly missed out on a medal in the 50m Backstroke.
In the eleven year old age group Callum Basinger took home gold in the 100m Butterfly with a time of 1:43.66, and then bronze in the 50m Backstroke. Brooke Woodhouse won four silver medals in the 50m Butterfly, the 100m IM, the 50m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke, with Grace Charnick taking home bronze in the 200m Freestyle.
In the twelve year old age group Thomas Dudman visited the medal table after each of his events. Thomas won a hat-trick of golds in the 50m butterfly in 38.20, the 50m Breaststroke in 42.77, and the 200m Backstroke in 2:56.56, this was followed up with silver medals in the 100m & 200m IM and 50m Freestyle. Ellie Shanahan won gold with a great swim in the 200m Freestyle and achieved an Essex QT time of 2:28.34, Ellie then went on to win three silver medals in the 100m & 200m Butterfly which was also an Essex QT, the 100m IM and then two bronze medals. Grace Bennett won a Bronze in the 50m Breaststroke with Jacob Robinson winning silver in the 50m Backstroke and then went on to achieve an Essex QT in the 50m Freestyle.
Top Boy winner for the third successive year went to Noah Jameson Neal who won nine medals in total, golds came in the 200m IM with a time of 2:37.60 and in the 200m Butterfly in 2:38.31. Noah also took home four silver medals, three Bronze medals and achieved an Essex QT in the 200m Breaststroke. Joshua Frampton had a good day as well by winning gold and achieving an Essex QT in the 200m freestyle with a time of 2:24.29 and another gold in the 200m Backstroke in 2:50.03. Joshua rounded this off with a silver in the 50m Breaststroke and three further Bronze medals, with another Essex QT coming in the 50m Backstroke. Aaron Edwards achieved two silver medals, the first in the 200m freestyle and the second in the 50m Butterfly, two further bronze medals came in the 100m Butterfly and 200m IM. Mari-Ann Mahoney completed the medal haul in the thirteen year old age group with a Bronze in the 50m Breaststroke and then an Essex QT in the 50m Freestyle.
Fifteen year old and Top Girl winner Jade Braybrooke took home an impressive total of seven gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze. Jade swam personal best times while also achieving gold medals in the 200m Breaststroke in 3:12.26 and the 200m Butterfly in 2:39.97. Other gold medals came in the 100m Butterfly, the 100m IM, the 50m & 100m Backstroke and 50m Breaststroke.