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Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club enjoy themselves at East Region Age Group Long Course Championships


By Michael Vaughton


Kaia Phillips claimed two medals and was recognised as the event's sixth best female swimmer as she enjoyed a hugely successful East Region Age Group Long Course Championships.

After Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club's youths (15 and over) had previously made their mark on the competition, this time the juniors (11 to 14) showed what they can do in Norwich.

And the results over both weekends meant Stortford ended 10th in the final medal table and second in Hertfordshire.

Phillips, competing in the 13-year-old category, battled right to the end to claim gold in the 50m backstroke and then took silver in the 100m backstroke.

Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club. Kaia Phillips, left, and Lilian Opiyo. (12883719)
Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club. Kaia Phillips, left, and Lilian Opiyo. (12883719)

She was also sixth in the 100m freestyle final, ninth in the 200m backstroke and 13th in the 50m freestyle, with her 50m backstroke time putting her 10th in Britain.

In the same age section, Grace Mason outclassed her rivals to win her 200m butterfly heat and came seventh in the final, as well as coming 18th in the 100m butterfly.

Lilian Opiyo was 13th and 20th in the 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle respectively. Jago Derrington also qualified for the meet but unfortunately was injured.

Alice Longman and Kirsty Neill had some sensational results in the 12-year-old category.

Despite being second reserve in the heat and an unexpected finalist, Neill came seventh in the 100m breaststroke final as well as 11th in the 200m breaststroke.

Longman fought hard for seventh in the 200m breaststroke final and was 11th in the 50m breaststroke, 13th in 100m breaststroke, 15th in 50m freestyle and 27th in 100m butterfly.

Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club. From left, Alice Longman, Kirsty Neill, James Gisborne and Grace Mason. (12883722)
Bishop's Stortford Swimming Club. From left, Alice Longman, Kirsty Neill, James Gisborne and Grace Mason. (12883722)

James Gisborne was the club's only 14-year-old in action and he narrowly missed out on two medals, coming fourth in the 100m and 200m breaststroke. He was also 14th in the 50m breaststroke, 30th in 50m freestyle and 39th in 100mk freestyle.

Stortford are now looking forward to sending a club-record 10 swimmers to the East Region Inter-Counties.



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