Chichester Cormorant’s swimmers have experienced unparalleled success in the opening weekend of this year’s Sussex county swimming championships which were held at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley over the weekend.
Four gold, one silver and three bronze medals is the best start to the county championships for a number of years and with two more days of competition remaining, even more success could follow.
On Saturday, Sebastian Hadnett led the way with gold in the boys 10 years 50m backstroke final in a time of 36.60 followed by a very impressive 100m Individual Medley in which he also won gold in a time of 1:21.10, beating his nearest rival by more than three seconds.
Sunday saw Sebastian continue where he left off the following day with a gold medal in the 200m Individual Medley in a time of 2:58.53 and a bronze in the 200m breaststroke in a time of 3:31.80.
Other success came in the form of Jemima Laurence who won gold in a very close girls 10 years 50m freestyle final in a time of 32.38. Emily Guiry also won a bronze medal in the girl’s 13 years age group in a time of 29.67.
A very exciting girl’s 10 years 50m butterfly final saw Jessica Rayner pipped at the finish by 4 hundredths of a second to win silver in a time of 36.30 followed closely by Jemima Laurence to win bronze in a time of 37.94.
Other swimmers who competed in the opening weekend of the county championships included Molly Whatmore who came 13th in the girls 15 years 200m freestyle in a time 2:28.04.
Charlie Barnett who came 15th in the boys 10 years 50m backstroke in a time of 42.12 and 11th in the 100m Individual Medley in a time of 1:32.32.
Jessica Rayner came 5th in the girls 10 years 50m freestyle in a time of 34.70, India Rose who came 15th in the girls 9 years 50m freestyle in a time of 40.46 and Tayla Heron who came 12th in the same event in a time of 39.65.
Adam Long finished 13th in the boys 13 years 200m breaststroke in a time of 3:13.70.
Final mention goes to Cormorant’s head coach, Darren Sims, who brushed off his racing speedo trunks to compete in the 100m butterfly and came 15th in a time of 1:03.51, a regional qualifying time.
Well done to all Chichester Cormorant’s swimmers. It is without doubt a brilliant achievement to qualify for the county championships let alone achieve medal success. Good luck to all swimmers who are due to compete in the next round of competition in two weeks’ time.