12:00PM, Sunday 09 February 2020
There were a host of personal best times and 41 medals secured by Windsor Swimming Club at the club’s first competition of the year, the Berkshire and South Bucks ADA County Championships at Wycombe Leisure Centre.
Swimmers from the club qualified for a total of 303 races while 89 of them went on to reach the finals over the course of the championship. One was also crowned the new junior county champion.
Katie Ford was the club’s stand-out performer as she beat older age competitors to take top spot as junior county champion in the 50m backstroke.
The 13-year-old again finished on the podium as she secured third place in the overall placings for the junior county champion crown in the 100m backstroke.
She went on to collect a further four age group medals for the club, winning gold in the 50m backstroke and three bronze medals in the 50m and 100m freestyle events and 100m backstroke.
Moritz Hoogers and Shay Race, both 18, narrowly missed out on top spot on the podium with Moritz claiming a silver championship medal in the 50m backstroke and Shay a silver in the 100m butterfly.
Mason Graves-Brown, 13, was also on the podium with a third- placed finish in the 50m freestyle.
There were also several successful swims in the relay races, with the 10-11 years girls medley relay team of Airlia Philippidis, Flora Richards, Louise Scherrer and Ella Fox taking silver.
There was also a sil-ver for the 10-11 years boys freestyle relay team of Joshua Collacott, Sam Pike, Jay Gohill and Finbar Eaton, as well as the open boys freestyle relay team of Rueben Walsh, Callum Stearn, Shay Race and James McClenn.
Team bronze medals were won by the 10-11 years girls freestyle team of Airlia Philippidis, Louise Scherrer, Isabel Stevenson and Ella Fox, a feat repeated by the 10-11 years boys medal relay team of Jay Gohill, Sam Pike, James Owen and Joshua Collacott, and the open girls freestyle relay team Poppy Pope, Emma Hepworth, Caoimhe McGee and Annabelle Mufti.
Windsor Swimming Club head coach Giuseppe Caporaso said: “Once again, our swimmers have proudly represented the club with some excellent racing across all age groups. It is particularly gratifying to see so many of our younger swimmers following in the footsteps of our older members.”