01:00PM, Thursday 07 February 2019
An impressive performance at the Berkshire & South Bucks County Swimming Championships saw Windsor Swimming Club secure three county titles and 56 podium places.
Windsor swimmers brought home an impressive haul of medals, 12 gold, 14 silver and 30 bronze.
Three new meet records were set and a host of personal bests delivered as the club finished second overall in the rankings.
The county championships took place at Wycombe Leisure Centre over the weekends of January 12/13 and January 26/27.
Damir Bajohr, 13, was the club’s outstanding performer, claiming two championship titles and seven individual medals (six gold and one bronze). He finished sixth overall in the individual county rankings and was crowned junior champion in the 50m freestyle and 200m freestyle. He narrowly missed out on a third championship title in the 100m freestyle after being pipped into silver medal position on the touch.
Molly Leamon, 14, also delivered some superb swims to take gold and become junior champion in the 50m backstroke.
The club’s boys and girls relay teams were also on form winning four bronze and two silver medals in fiercely competitive relay races.
The boy’s open category team of Moritz Hoogers, Nimath Ukkash, Jeremy Toussaint, Rueben Walsh and Shay Race collected bronze medals in the 4x100m freestyle and 4x100 medley relay. There was a silver for Jude Bour-Cardona, Tom Pearce, Toby Davies and Hayam Ukkash in the u12s/13 4x100 freestyle relay. The u10s/11s girls team of Nicole Claassen, Isabella Hibberd, Sophia Linfield and Lucy Nuttall also won silver in the 4x50m freestyle and bronze in the 4x50m medley. Other notable performances came from Tom Pearce, 12, who won eight medals (three gold, one silver and four bronze) and set two new record times in the 50m and 100m backstroke events. Hoogers also swam to gold in a new meet record time in the 50m backstroke open final.
Head coach Giuseppe Caporaso said: “This is a tremendous start to the year and a fantastic indication of more success to come for our swimmers as the competition season progresses throughout the year.
“With these championships coming so soon after Christmas, it’s testament to the hard work and dedication of the swimmers, and the coaching team, who have all trained tirelessly and continued to work hard throughout the holiday period to ensure everyone was in top form for this event.”
Caporaso continued: “It is also extremely exciting to see swimmers from the youngest age groups in the club competing at county level for the first time gain inspiration and encouragement from our more experienced senior open category competitors.
“All our swimmers gave it 110 per cent in the pool and it was gratifying to witness the tremendous team spirit and the many personal best performances throughout the championships. For Windsor Swimming Club to achieve overall second position in the accumulated points county rankings clearly indicates the depth and strength of talent we have in our club, and the potential we have for future successes.”
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