British Champs medal haul for borough aces
Swimming club duo narrowly missed junior GB places HILLINGDON SC
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