SLSGB Stillwater Competion report

Posted by Sue Reeve on 12 May 2017

Devon Amos the counties top lady fin competitor was top of Crawley’s Open medal table winning 5 golds, three of which being relay golds with team members Jessica Handcock, Lucy Howes and Vicky Threfall, a gold in the line with subject Vicky and an individual gold in 100m Manikin Tow with fins. After misjudging her turn Devon had to acceptsilver in the 100n Manikin Carry with fins. Crawley’s most hardworking senior swimmer was Richard Jagger who won 4 golds, 3 silvers and a bronze all on the Saturday. Three golds were with the relay teams featuring Dan Seagrove-Castle, David Butler, Martin Schofield & Joe Woollard. The 4th gold was in the line with subject Sam Murray. Having achieved 4 golds remarkable Richard just lost out on three further golds by less than a second in the three toughest events of the championships; 200m Obstacle swim, 200m Super Lifesaver and 100m Rescue Medley.

However the Crawley Town swimmers that made the greatest contribution to the clubs success by competing both Saturday (Open & Masters championships) and Sunday (Youth championships) came from the older youth members Jade Hand, Jessica Handcock, Joe Woollard, Martin Schofield, Sam Murray and Elliot Key who between won 29 gold, 15 silver and 4 Bronze medals. Top of the table was Martin with 6 relay golds and 3 individual golds, Jessica with 3 relay and 3 individual golds and Joe with 4 relay and 2 individual golds, Sam with three relay and a line throw gold. Martin, Joe, Sam and Elliot achieved two British relay records in the 15-17 age group 4 v 50m Obstacle (01:51.80) and 4 x 25m Manikin (01:22.10) relays.

In the younger Youth age groups the girls U15 team consisting Brooke Mickel, Frankie Philips, Georgia Blenkley and KieraNarrawayachieved a new British relay record in 4 x 50 Obstacle relay (01:15.06). The team also took gold in both of the other two relays the 4 x 50 medley and the 4 x 25m Manikin relays for the latter Emily Hurst took the place of Frankie. Emily swimming in the U13 category also took an individual gold and two bronzes. In the U17 age group the girl’s team of Jessica Handcock, Jade Hand, Ellyn Reeve and Ruby Jamieson had to settle for silvers in their respective relays. Crawley top U15 boy was Jack field who took 4 individual golds and helped his team mates Ben Browning, Issac Smith and U13 Iker Lopez to silvers in their respective relays.

In the masters section Donna Wickens took full advantage of the fast Millfield pool by smashing her own two 50-54 age group British records in the 50m Manikin Carry (00:45.77) and 100m Rescue Medley (01:36.59). Current 55-59 World Ladies Masters Line throw champion Jennie Amos won an gold in the 100m Manikin Tow with fins and past (2002) Open Ladies World Line champion Abi Hoyle won silver in both the  50m Manikin Carry and 100m Manikin tow with fins. Crawley Towns oldest competitor MareenFakley who incidentally is the mother of record breaking Donna, celebrated her 80th birthday in true competitive style by winning individual silver and bronze in the 100m Manikin Tow with fins and 50m Manikin Carry.

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