It was a very successful first day in the first big meet of the season, the South East regional championships, with the team winning 9 gold, 6 Silver and 7 bronze medals and setting our first British record of the season.
Geoff Stokes (79), Barney Miller (89), Richard Harding (85) and Peter Stephens (71) were the first ever 320-359 age group team to swim 4×100 freestyle and claimed the British record in a time of 8.50.05. Amazingly, they also won gold in the 240+ age group.
The 240+ 4×50 medley team of Godfrey Admans, Simon Goulter, Cristian Rentsch and Steve Baker also won gold, while the 160+ team of Olegas Petrikas, Luca Milana, Clive Benson and Simon Berrey (pictured) took Silver.
With three of the original women’s team sick, Esther Iseppi, Suzanne Maidment, Abba Newbery and Sara Luder stepped up to take 4th place in the 200+ 4×50 medley in a hard fought battle with less than 3 seconds separating 2nd to 5th places.
Individual medal winners were:
Esther Iseppi – 100 fly, 200 breast, 200 IM
Clive Benson – 100 fly
Olegas Petrikas, Cristian Rentsch & Godfrey Admans – 100 back
Abba Newbery – 50 fly
Cristian Rentsch – 200 breast
Simon Berrey – 100 back, 400 free
Suzanne Maidment – 400 free
Peter Stephens – 200 IM, 200 free, 400 free, 100 fly
Simon Berrey – 200 free
Cristian Rentsch – 200 IM
Suzanne Maidment – 200 free
Other placing as follows:
Suzanne Maidment 4th 50 breast
Simon Berrey 5th 200 IM
Luca Milana 6th 200 IM
Simon Goulter 4th 50 breast
Sara Luder 8th 400 free, 9th 200 free, 7th 50 fly (PB)
Nadine Horn 7th 200 free
Peter Stephens 4th 50 fly
Abba Newbery 4th 200 free
Looking forward to more medals tomorrow!