Teddy praises club

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

COACH Teddy Loveridge saluted his Hilling­don Swim­ming Club charges af­ter a fine per­for­mance at the Tiger Bay Long Course Open Meet in Cardiff.

The swim­mers put in con­sis­tent dis­plays across the week­end of com­pe­ti­tion as many booked spots at next month’s Lon­don Re­gional Cham­pi­onships.

Loveridge said: “It was a fan­tas­tic week­end of com­pe­ti­tion with a vast ma­jor­ity of swim­mers achiev­ing new per­sonal best times in most of the events they en­tered.

“Hilling­don achieved an 80 per cent per­sonal best rate at this meet. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the swim­mers who com­peted and thanks for all the sup­port Hilling­don re­ceived.”

The meet kicked off on the Fri­day evening with 13-year-old Oliver Latham, the club’s only swim­mer in the 1500m freestyle, fin­ish­ing more than two min­utes faster than his en­try time.

This achieve­ment was the cat­a­lyst for a great meet and Loveridge’s fel­low coaches, Gary Mo­hamed and Matt Wil­liams, were pleased with the pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes, team­work help­ing secure some im­pres­sive long-course times.

Mean­while, 37 other swim­mers from the Hilling­don Club headed to a short course meet at Pot­ters Bar where they won a to­tal of 16 gold medals.

These went to Orla Tre­anor, Kayla Van Zyl, Liam Web­ster, Adam Ben­nett, Dil­lon Roglic, Ste­fa­nia McGowan, Kacper Kaniewski, Madi­son Col­man and Sophia Boni.

Eight sil­vers were won by Adam Ben­nett, Madi­son Col­man, Ste­fa­nia McGowan, Jack Or­tiz, Alex Austin.

And 13 bronze medals went to Char­lie Wing Yat Lo, Irena Hep­pard, Han­nah Bow­ley, Adam Ben­nett, Madi­son Col­man, He­laina Hud­son, Orla Tre­anor, Jack Or­tiz, Liam Web­ster, Ste­fa­nia McGowan and Kacper Kaniewski.

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