South East Regional Championships

A record 31 Thanet swimmers qualified for this year’s ASA South East Region Swimming Championships with a squad of 20 attending the Age Group Championships and a further 11 swimmers contesting the Youth Championships both held in the 50m pool at K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley with the Youth Championship finishing at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford.

The South East Regions top swimmers compete at the Championships with swimmers coming from the Regions top Clubs such as Guildford,Portsmouth,Oxford, Southampton and Jersey.

The 1st weekend of the Youth Championships saw Thanet on the podium in style with Katie Latham not only winning a hat trick of Gold’s but setting a new South East Regional record in the 50 backstroke in a time of 29.86. There was further podium finishes for Louise Gates, Alice Latham and Ben Pond.

In the Age Group Championships, Thanet continued their success claiming 3 more South East Regional records.  As well as 6 Gold medals 12 year old Jamie O’Connor swam record breaking times in the 200IM and 1500 Freestyle. He also was joined by team mates Alex Wilmshurst, Harry Bradford and Ben Evans to set a new record in the boys 10 – 14 year old 4×200 freestyle relay. Podium finishes also went to Ben Evans 2 Gold 3 silver, Alex Wilmshurst 1 Silver, 3 Bronze, Maise Macartney 1 Gold, 2 Bronze, Hannah Denny Silver, and Harry Bradford Silver.

Thanet Swim CLub – South East Region Age Group and Youth Championship Squads

Maisie Macartney Josh Jones
Hannah Denny Sam Crabtree
Samantha Allen Jamie O’Connor
Kristyana Papa-Adams Louis Thomas
Beth Williams Harry Bradford
Laura Craig Jordan Honour
Chloe Parkinson Alex Wilmshurst
Lauren Joy Jack Baker
Elloise Clements Alex Boyd
Robyn Moon Oscar Macartney
Kelly Henson Ben Evans
Louise Gates Kyri Papa-Adams
Alice Latham Billy Ray Palmer
Katie Latham Casey Harte
  Ben Pond
  Mikyle Carrick
  Aaron Clements

Thanet swimmers Kyri Papa- Adams and Katie Latham missed the last day of the Youth Championships to represent England East at the Sainsburys 2012 School Games which took place at the Olympic Stadium. Katie came home with 2 bronze medals in the relays, just missing out on a medal in the 100 backstroke finishing in 4th a new personal best time. Kyri also finished 4th in his 100 breaststroke and 4th again in the relay.

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