On the 9th. 10th. 11th March Hackney Aquatics competed at 4 competitions across the UK and Europe including a level 3 Regional Qualifier in Basildon, a national level 1 meet in Wycombe and an International level 1 meet in France. A separate report will be available for the Middlesex Development meet.
2018 FFN Golden Tour Camille Muffat – Sarcelles, Paris
Ryan McCoy (14) travelled with Head Coach Rick Hall as part of the Middlesex County Team selected to compete at his first International Meet. Ryan was selected based on his ranking within the county and had the opportunity to swim against international swim stars like Pernille Blume, Jeremy Stravius, Marco Koch, Jazmin Carlin and Siobhan Marie O’Connor, compete at the meet. Ryan competed in the 50, 100 and 200 Butterfly. Our Ryan smashed his PB with 28.0 in the 50 Butterfly, got 5th place in the open C final in the 200 fly, and also swam in the 100 fly.
Head Coach Rick, who was on the trip with Ryan said after the meet, "the County take a team away every 2 years to give swimmers an opportunity to race outside of the UK and race different athletes. It gave Ryan a fantastic opportunity to sample what it is like to travel with a team and race against some world class athletes. Looking forward, I hope this inspires more Hackney swimmers to want to get to this level."
Ryan with Olympic, World and European Gold Medallist Jeremy Stravius after he had just won the 100 Fly.
Wycombe District Level 1 meet
8 Hackney swimmers went to compete at this premium level 1 meet. Lily Girardet achieved 5th in the 200 Backstroke, and Isla Silva (aged 12 years young; other swimmers in her age group where 13), won 4th in the 100 Breaststroke and a top ten finish in the 200 Breast.
Isla Silva and Cressida Taggart enjoying the Wycombe meet
Basildon & Phoenix Regional Qualifier
38 swimmers competed at the Basildon Sporting village 25m pool.
One of the referees from Basildon remarked how well behaved and polite the Hackney Aquatics swimmers have been; well done swimmers our reputation is very important.
We achieved 98 top ten finishes but including the medal winners there were 155 top ten finishes from 38 swimmers.
Leah, Asher, Gabriel, Ilyas, Tasso, Ronnie at Basildon
Gold medal winners*:
Larah Tobias-Tarsh (15) 100 Breaststroke
Madison Taylor (13) 50 and 100 Backstroke
Bryan Piedra-Ojeda (13) 100 IM
Cressida Taggart (11) 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, 200 IM
Tasso Hatzakis (10) 50, 100 and 200 Backstroke, 100 Butterfly
Asher Duckworth (9) 50 Breaststroke
Llewllyn Porter (9) 100 and 200 IM, 100 and 200 Breaststroke,
Silver medal winners*:
Joe Tarnoky (18) 50 Butterfly
Lottie Dahlen (16) 200 Backstroke
Marlow Depeza-Purvis (15) 100 and 400 IM, 200 Breaststroke
Ilyas Ahmed (14) 400 Freestyle
Thomas Archer (13) 50 Butterfly
Bryan Piedra Ojeda (13) 50 and 100 Freestyle
Gabriel Kieskiewicz (11) 200 IM
Lena Westgate (10) 200 Breaststroke
Asher Duckworth (9) 100 Backstroke, 100 and 200 Breaststroke
Llewellyn Porter (9) 50, 100, 200 and 400 Freestyle, 50 and 100 Butterfly, 50 Backstroke
Bronze medal winners*:
Lottie Dahlen (16) 400 Freestyle
Ruan O’Toole Douglas (15) 50 Breaststroke
Thomas Archer (13) 100 Freestyle
Ronnie Phillimore (13) 100 Breaststroke
Bryan Piedra Ojeda (13) 50 Butterfly
Mia Jones (12) 100 IM
Mika Ogden (12) 200 Breaststroke
Leah Lipsey Swarbrick (12) 100 Butterfly, 100 Breaststroke
Ophelia Taggart (12) 200 IM, 100 Backstroke
Yassir Ahmed (11) 100 Butterfly
Heidi Braybrooks (11) 200 Backstroke
Sideliya Dincer (11) 200 IM
Gabriel Kieskiewicz (11) 200 Backstroke
Lena Westgate (10) 100 IM and 200 IM, 100 Breast
Asher Duckworth (9) 200 IM
Llewellyn Porter (9) 50 Breast
* Apologies for any mistakes in medal positions that is because the Basildon meet report does not point out time trials, which are not entitled to receive medals.
Personal Best Improvements:
Swimmers with improvements over 20 seconds:
Yassir Ahmed, Sidelya Dincer 200 IM, Marlow Depeza-Purvis 400 IM, Lena Westgate 400 Free.
Swimmers with improvements over 10 seconds,
Ilyas Ahmed, Aoife Pearson, Madison Taylor 400 Free, Yasir Ahmed 200 back, Chaimaa Boukdir, Lena Westgate 200 IM, Freddie Griffin, Ella Goodwin 100 IM, Mia Jones 100 back, Llewellyn Porter, Cressida Taggart 100 Fly, Llewellyn Porter 200 Breast.
Well done to everyone who raced this weekend!