Bri­tish Champs medal haul for bor­ough aces

Swim­ming club duo nar­rowly missed ju­nior GB places HILLING­DON SC

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

GE­ORGE Taplin and Jemima Hall punched above their weight as Hilling­don Swim­ming Club put in an out­stand­ing per­for­mance at the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships.

The duo fin­ished third in their re­spec­tive races, frac­tion­ally miss­ing out on this year’s ju­nior GB Team for the Euro­pean Games and Euro­pean Youth Olympics.

And the Hilling­don suc­cess didn’t end there – with the club post­ing 11 top-eight fin­ishes – more than any other Lon­don club.

Head coach John Adye was thrilled with the per­for­mance and af­firmed his be­lief the fu­ture is bright for Hilling­don.

“The Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships was a huge suc­cess for us as a club,” he said. “We gained valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence both as in­di­vid­u­als and as a team. This will give us an ad­van­tage mov­ing for­ward as the club con­tin­ues to strive for suc­cess at the high­est level.

“To have two swim­mers nar­rowly miss out on places in ju­nior Great Bri­tain teams shows that we are mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion as a club and re­main at the fore­front of per­for­mance swim­ming in Lon­don. The fu­ture for th­ese young swim­mers looks very promis­ing.”

Eight young swim­mers from Hilling­don had qual­i­fied to com­pete in the cham­pi­onships, at the Lon­don Aquatic Cen­tre in the Olympic Park, Stratford, and five swim­mers fin­ished in the top eight in one or more of their races.

Swim­mers who achieved a six­th­place or higher fin­ish were, Taplin, Hall, Ceara Bar­ber, Loulou Vos and Leon Ber­chie, who was sixth in the boys’ 18s un­der 50m freestyle fi­nal.

n RIS­ING STAR: Jemima Hall, cen­tre, pic­tured with Hilling­don team­mates Molly Thomp­son and Brodie Judge

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