Royals Rule at Regional Youth Championships 2014

Royals Rule at Regional Youth Championships 2014

On the 3rd/4th May 2014, Corby International Pool was besieged with swimmers from all over the West & East Midlands competing in the Regional Youth Championships. After an unsettled month of training after the departure of our head coach, this was always going to be a tough competition for our swimmers, but all our worries seemed to be for nothing as our swimmers proved why they are the best swimmers in the region winning medal after medal in arguably the most dominate show of strength our Elite Royals have had at regionals for some years.

The highlight of day 1 was the Women's 800m Freestyle Relay with the A Team (Alice Dearing, Courteney Price, Sophie Long and Megan Carline) winning Silver in a new RWS club record time of 8:30.80 narrowly missing the Gold on the touch after an exceptional final leg swim by the City of Derby in a time of 8:30.73 with the Royals B Team (Holly Shepherd, Lilyella Craw-Seaman, Megan Willetts and Rebecca Harris) finishing 7th in a respectable time of 8:51.73.

Courteney Price and Megan Carline then swam the 400m Freestyle 15/16 Age Group final almost straight afterwards, followed by Alice claiming Gold in an impressive solo swim by over 15 seconds in the senior 400m Freestyle final, Alice also went on to win Gold in the 200m Butterfly and Silver in the 100m Freestyle finals. Megan Carline also swam in the 200m IM and 200m Breaststroke finals with fellow team mates Olivia Hodgetts making the finals of the 50m Breaststroke whilst Megan Willetts and Courteney Price raced head to head in the 100m Backstroke where Megan finished 5th and Courteney 8th. Well Done Girls.

Not to be overshadowed by the girls, Tom Derbyshire destroyed the field in the 1500m Freestyle 15/16 Age Group winning Gold in 15:56.65 a clear minute ahead of the rest of the field with Casey Barrett claiming Bronze in a time of 17:10.83. Toby Robinson also secured Gold in the 1500m Freestyle Senior event in 16:00.71 making it a clean sweep. Having recovered from his emphatic win in the 1500m Freestyle, Tom also went on to win Gold in the 200m Freestyle and 400m IM.

The question of everyone's lips was could RWS repeat such a dominate show of strength for Day 2?

Leading the female charge on day 2 was European Open Water Champion Alice Dearing winning Gold in the senior 800m Freestyle in a time of 8:49.79 and Megan Carline gaining Silver in the 15/16 Age Group in 9:14.81 narrowly missing Gold by just 600th of a second.

Alice continued her quest for more medals with Gold in the senior 100m Butterfly, 200m Freestyle and 400m IM, whilst Megan picked up Bronze in the 15/16 Age Group 400m IM finals.

Courteney also made the 100m Butterfly and 200m Freestyle finals, with Megan Willetts making the 400m IM finals. Megan Willetts and Courteney Price raced head to head again this time in the 200m Backstroke and Olivia made the 100m Breaststroke finals.

Tom and Toby continued the male dominance winning Gold in their respective age groups in the 400m Freestyle finals. Whilst Tom also picked up Bronze in the 15/16 Age Group 200m IM finals.

Well done to all our exceptional youth swimmers.

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