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County Championships Report - from Chris

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

The annual Worcester County Championships were, once again, very successful for Redditch Swimming Club.

With an overall total of 77 medals (31 gold, 28 silver and 18 bronze), Redditch finished second behind Worcester.

 

 

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

1

Worcester

71

53

41

165

2

Redditch

31

28

18

77

3

Pershore

24

22

18

64

4

City of Hereford

23

31

21

75

5

Halesowen

16

7

15

38

6

Wyre Forest

11

15

12

38

7

Warley Wasps

10

9

20

39

8

Bromsgrove

7

15

12

34

9

Droitwich

4

7

9

20

10

Stourbridge

4

4

4

12

11

Haden Hill

3

3

7

13

12

Oldbury

2

2

3

7

13

Ledbury

0

5

6

11

14

Evesham

0

0

0

0


 

Excluding finals, for which there were many Redditch qualifiers, our swimmers competed in 225 races, with 170 PBs achieved (76%).

Redditch medal winners, spread across each of the six age groups, were Anna Farr (14 medals), Amelia Wise (10), Emily Farr (7), Evie Floate (7), Millie Checkley (6), Aurelio Lencioni (6), Amelia Rodd (6), George Hastings (4), Riley Perry (4), Ashleigh Green (3), Natalie Hatfield (2), Lizzie Kingham (2), Brendan Colley (1), Georgia Fisher (1), Megan Grainger (1), Kiera Phillips (1), Josie Ross (1), Alisha Stephenson (1) and Paul Wilkes (1).

Winners of our 31 gold medals were: Anna Farr (10), Aurelio Lencioni (6), Millie Checkley (6), Amelia Rodd (4), Lizzie Kingham (2), Emily Farr (1), Alisha Stephenson (1) and Paul Wilkes (1).

Redditch also won an amazing 18 trophies, awarded to Junior (under-16) and Senior/Open Champions. Our open age County Champions were Millie Checkley (800 free, 400 IM and 200 breast), Amelia Rodd (100 free, 200 free, 400 free and 100 fly), Lizzie Kingham (50 and 100 breast), Alisha Stephenson (200 fly) and Paul Wilkes (200 fly). The Junior Championship trophy winners were: Millie Checkley (400 free, 800 free, 400 IM, 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 fly) and Emily Farr (50 breast).

The championships are not all about medals however and another important aim is to achieve, or improve, qualifying times for this year’s West Midland Regional Championships. Numerous Redditch swimmers achieved qualifying times, including first-time qualifiers Rosie Ward, George Hastings, Anna Farr, Hannah Willis and Ashleigh Green. Others to guarantee a return visit to Coventry for the Regional Championships included Brendan Colley, Amelia Rodd, Aurelio Lencioni, Hollie Richmond, Evie Floate, Emily Farr, Millie Checkley, Paul Wilkes, Georgia Fisher, Megan Grainger, Lizzie Kingham and Alisha Stephenson. Several others – including Amelia Wise, Dan Holmes, Josie Ross, Jamie Chance and Lucy Hatfield - achieved new PBs that put them within a whisker of a qualifying time, which they will hopefully achieve at an open meet in the next couple of months.

Finally, I would like to congratulate every swimmer who swam at the championships in Wolverhampton, including several who were making their first appearance at Counties, on their brilliant performances. You all swam well, represented your club superbly and contributed to this great team result. We are very proud of every one of you!

Chris Britt

13th February 2018

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