Youngsters in the medals


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

THE first two ses­sions of the East In­victa cham­pi­onships have brought medals and per­sonal best per­for­mances from Ash­ford Swim­ming Club’s squads.

The com­pe­ti­tion is held over three week­ends in Oc­to­ber at Can­ter­bury with en­tries from all the east Kent clubs.

The open­ing ses­sion saw a very young un­der-17 team of Me­gan Lee, Melissa Grace, 12-year-old Jes­sica Richards and Me­gan Ford win a su­perb sil­ver medal in the 4x50m freestyle re­lay.

They also were third in the med­ley re­lay.

Me­gan and Jes­sica were joined by Katie Owen and Hen­ri­etta Forssen for the girls’ open team fin­ish­ing fourth in the 4x100m freestyle and sixth in the med­ley.

Stu­art Tay­lor Chris Wood, Ryan Barnard and Craig Al­ford were fourth in the U17 freestyle re­lay and third in the med­ley.

And in the open 4x100m med­ley Al­ford was joined by Mattv Webb, James Rus­sell and Nathan Hay­wood to take a fine fifth.

The fol­low­ing Sun­day pro­duced more medals.

A su­per sil­ver was se­cured by Matt Rich, Ryan Barnard, Craig Al­ford and Chris Wood in the 13/ 14 years 4x50m med­ley event.

An­other fine sec­ond place was taken when Sam Jor­dan stepped in to re­place Matt Rich in the 4x50m freestle event.

In the 11/12 years 4x50m freestyle race James Al­ford, Tom Dane, Max Ni­cholls and Cieren Slater se­cured a fine bronze medal and fol­lowed it up with an­other third in the med­ley re­lay.

Melissa Grace, Me­gan Ford, Me­gan Lee and Me­gan Slater just missed the medal with fourth in the 4x50m freestyle re­lay.

Promis­ing re­sults also came in the in­di­vid­ual events in the ses­sion with Cieren Slater winning a su­perb sil­ver in the 400m in­di­vid­ual med­ley and bronze in the 400m freestyle record­ing per­sonal best times in both events.

Me­gan Ford also claimed a bronze in her 400m free and 400m IM.

Ash­ford swim starts Max Ni­cholls, Cieran Slater, Tom Dane and James Al­ford

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