Essex Championships 2018
County Success For The Killerwhales
The Essex County Championships 2018 certainly was a successful competition for the mighty Killerwhales. After 6 weeks of competing, they took home an impressive haul of 9 golds, 5 silvers, and 7 bronzes.
There were also 44 pennants for placed finishers awarded, as well as numerous new club records set. Not a bad start to the New Year for the Killerwhales.
The first block of the Championships was kicked off by Noah Jameson-Neal who won gold in the first boys event of the competition the 400 Freestyle, finishing in an impressive 4:32.29. Noah later in the session went on to claim bronze for the 100 Freestyle event.
Next to add to the Killerwhales medal tally was Harry Spencer swimming the 400 Freestyle in the 17-year-old category, claiming the gold.
Harry and Noah then went on to demonstrate they had the strength for the long-distance swimming events – both claiming their 2nd gold of the competition in the 1500 Freestyle event. Both boys set a good strong pace and beat their rivals by a good 30 seconds!
11-year Olivia Cooper was next to add to the medal tally in the 100 Breaststroke taking the silver with a time of 1:28.86. But she didn’t stop there, Cooper went on to win a further three medals with outstanding performances in the 200 IM, 200 Butterfly and 50 Breaststroke, where she claimed bronze medals in each as well as setting a new club record for her 50 Breaststroke with a time of 39.92.
Yasmin Kadhim and Allister Cummins both put in sensational performances in the 200 Freestyle event and 100 Breaststroke respectively. Each taking the bronze medal for their efforts.
The star of the 10/11 age group was 10-year-old Jude Nolan-Day, who had a spectacular Essex Championships – setting 2 new clubs records in the 100 Freestyle and 50 Freestyle as well as winning 4 Essex County medals. Jude won gold in the 50 Backstroke and a hattrick of silver medals over the course of the competition in the 100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, and 50 Freestyle.
For many of the younger Killerwhales, this was their first taste of competing at such a level, first time competing in a Long Course Pool, and undoubtedly their first time competing in front of such a big crowd. The girls 9/10 freestyle relay team came an amazing 4th place (Leila Jones, Bella Steadman, Holly Gadson and Niamh Stevenson) narrowly missing out on a medal and the boys 9/10 team also won placed pennants in their races (Taylor Dixon, Daniel Freeman, Cayden Shanahan and Max Pengelly).
The final session of Essex saw a gold rush for Killerwhales. Noah Jameson-Neal rounded off his Essex Championships campaign with a bang with a magnificent display in the 400IM, 200 Freestyle and 200 Butterfly where Noah stormed to 3 well-deserved gold medals! Allister Cummins showed determination in the 200 Breaststroke, winning gold with an impressive time of 2:46.29. Olivia Cooper then added a further 2 medals to her collection – a silver medal for the 200 Breaststroke and a bronze for the 100 Butterfly with a time of 1:15.20 setting another club record.
Other swimmers collecting place pennants awards for Killerwhales included Brianna Cummins, Daniel Sida, Ellie Shanahan, Isabel Setford, Jade Braybrooke, Lucie Davis, Macy Huthwaite, Rhys Penfold and Yasmin Kadhim. Head Coach Darren Stevenson said he was “immensely proud” of his young team.
Killerwhales next gala will be at the LBRSC Last Chance Regional gala at Fullwell Cross.