On one of the hottest day of the bank holiday weekend in May a team of 14 swimmers from Eastleigh Swimming Club set off for a day at Bognor – not for a day at the seaside but a day in a hot swimming pool for the Vanessa Knight Memorial Meet.
The swimmers were entered in 66 individual events and their commitment was rewarded when they came away with a haul of 22 medals to include 9 Gold, 7 Silver, 6 Bronze and with 43 PB’s between them including:
Callum Duggan (2 Gold and 2 Silver), Mukund Srinivasa Raghavan (2 Gold and 1 Silver), Mukta Srinivasa Raghavan (2 Golds) Helena Ward (2 Golds) James Binks (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze) Charlotte Lowe (2 Silver, 1 Bronze), Katherine Brinks (1 Bronze), Jessica Day (1 Bronze), George White (1 Bronze). Others obtained personal best performances to include Owen South (5 PB’s), Sadie Pratt-Filker (4 PB’s), Hollie Atton (4 PB’s), Leah Scott (3 PB’s), Lucy Arlow (1 PB).
The following Sunday saw a team of 15 swimmers competing again, on yet another gloriously sunny warm day.
Again the team achieved further success obtaining 4 Gold medals, 14 Silver medals and 6 Bronze medals and a total of 34 PB’s.
This included Mukund Srinivasa Raghavan (2 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze), Mukta Srinvasa Raghavan (1 Gold, 2 Silver) , George White (3 Silver, 1 Bronze), Megan Atton (2 Silver 1 Bronze), Lea Gerrard (2 Silver), Aiden Browning (1 Silver, 1 Bronze) Grace Vaughan (1 Silver, 1 Bronze) Helena Ward (1 Silver) with others obtaining personal best performances, a number of them actually beating times gained the previous week, to include Sadie Pratt-Filker (4 PB’s) Amy Wrightson (4PB’s), Lucy Arlow (2 PB’s) Oliver De Mege (2 PB’s) Megan Russell (1 PB).
While many of the Eastleigh team were swimming at the Vanessa Knight Memorial Meet two of the Eastleigh swimmers, Sam Sheppard and Oscar Cawdron, were swimming at the South East regional championships at Crawley.
The South East Regions is one of the toughest in the Country to compete at and while seven Club swimmers obtained at least consideration times, only Sam and Oscar qualified to compete.
Sam (aged 13) qualified for the regional championships, in 50, 100, 200 metre breaststroke following becoming the Hampshire County Champion in the 50 and 100 breaststroke which he won in February, along with a bronze in 50 metre fly.
At the Regional Championships, Sam placed sixth in 50 metre breaststroke and seventh in the 200 with a huge 5 sec PB.
Oscar (aged 12), competing in his first Regional Championships also competed in the 50, 100 & 200 metre breaststroke gaining good PB’s in all three events coming 24th, 22nd and 17th in the region.
The Club is very proud of all the swimmers in their achievements at these competitions.